Regulation & Compliance

The latest in regulatory news and compliance issues that impact partner businesses and their customers.

Round Table

… ON THE APPROVALS OF THE VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC. MERGER WITH MCI INC. AND THE SBC COMMUNICATIONS INC. TAKEOVER OF AT&T CORP. THE FCC AND DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ADDED RIDERS TO THE DEALS, INCLUDING REQUIRING THE COMPANIES TO OFFER NAKED DSL, AND EXTEND SPECIAL ACCESS AND UNBUNDLED NETWORK ELEMENT PRICING. The conditions included in the […]

FCC Imposes Wholesale Conditions on Megamergers

The FCC has blessed the merger of Verizon Communications Inc. with MCI Inc. and the takeover of AT&T Corp. by SBC Communications Inc., but not without levying several wholesale conditions to which the companies all must adhere. Despite their opposition to the mergers, CLECs did win some tradeoffs thanks to Democratic commissioners. FCC Chairman Kevin […]

Countdown to VoIP E911 Compliance

With compliance deadlines for the FCCs VoIP E911 Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking looming, lets take a look at the specific obligations it requires with respect to customer notification, technical compliance and compliance reporting. While some of the preliminary deadlines have passed, primary compliance with technical and reporting requirements must be completed by […]

Bell-Friendly Policy Rewrite to Face Critics

Intensifying support for telecom policy reform in Washington points to a sweeping revision of the rules that could go well beyond what the courts and the FCC have done previously to strengthen the competitive positions of the largest players. In both houses of Congress, leaders on telecom policy are pushing legislation that in effect rewrites […]

The Internet is the New PSTN

By Earl Comstock The CompTel fall show is shaping up to be a huge success, evidence perhaps that the competitive communications industry is on the rebound. There is a certain buzz in the air as entrepreneurs gather to make deals, see the newest technology, and learn more about the business potential of WiMAX, BPL, VoIP […]

Round Table

… ON THE TEXAS LEGISLATION ALLOWING THE BELL COMPANIES TO PETITION THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION FOR A STATEWIDE VIDEO FRANCHISE LICENSE, RATHER THAN NEGOTIATE DEALS WITH EACH COMMUNITY A PROCESS THAT CAN TAKE BETWEEN SIX AND 18 MONTHS. CABLE COMPANIES MUST STILL NEGOTIATE INDIVIDUAL DEALS WITH LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES. Video represents the next great frontier in […]

reseller channel: Will BPL, Wireless Save ISPs?

This summer the FCC in a 4-0 vote adopted an order classifying DSL as an information service, not a telecom service, under Title I, in line with the U.S. Supreme Courts decision in June on cable modem service in NCTA v. Brand X. The deregulation effectively releases the Bells from the requirement to make DSL […]

Time Out

I was tempted to rerun my comments from last month, Bells Win Another Round. By simply adding the word, Again, to the title and changing all the verb tenses from future to past, the piece stands. Of course, I am referring to the FCCs swift move to deregulate DSL access (see this story). The Aug. […]

Should You Be Concerned With CALEA? Probably

While new economic realities force telecommunications carriers and service providers to cut personnel and drastically reduce operating expenses, these companies are bearing ever increasing costs to meet new mandates from law enforcement agencies. These legal demands often force an increase in personnel and operating costs associated with servicing legal orders for customers records and lawful […]

FCC Deregulates DSL

In early August FCC commissioners agreed to deregulate DSL access a move that was foreshadowed just weeks earlier when the Supreme Court ruled against Brand X Internet LLC, freeing cable companies from network-sharing requirements sought by the ISP. In a widely anticipated move, the FCC on Aug. 5 reclassified wireline broadband providers as information services. […]

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