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FCC Allows All Bells to Combine Local, LD Operations

Qwest Communications International Inc. no longer is the only BOC one-stop shop. On Aug. 31, the FCC released an order that allows AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. to also combine their local and long-distance operations. Under Section 272 of the 1996 Telecom Act, Bells must provide long-distance service in their own regions through separate […]

COMPTEL: What now?

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO Well, COMPTEL is searching for a new President and CEO. Earl Comstock’s resignation as CEO on May 30 should be marked as the end of the regulatory fight for COMPTEL. As one CLEC legal guy stated, “Millions of dollars and hundreds of lawyers have not worked.” The next phase for COMPTEL […]

So Long, Twombly, We Hardly Knew You

When the Supreme Court recently dismissed a consumers telecom antitrust suit, judges also disappointed industry insiders who hoped suspected Bell collusion would be brought to light. The Bell Atlantic v. Twombly case didnt promise to directly affect entities such as CLECs unless judges agreed the arguments had merit. All along, however, the likelihood of justices […]

Out of the Loop

Out of the Loop The Bells are on course to do away with more copper loops than ever, an apparent rush to beat the clock in case the FCC institutes a stringent review process.

OUT OF THE LOOP

  THE BELLS ARE ON COURSE to do away with more copper loops than ever, an apparent rush to beat the clock in case the FCC institutes a stringent review process. CLECs view the retirements as attempts to foil competition; they use the loops to deliver DSL, Ethernet and other services to customers. They also […]

Qwest Now a One-Stop Shop

Qwest Communications International Inc. has become the first Bell under the 1996 Telecom Act allowed to combine local and long-distance operations in its territory. Qwest says the relief granted by the FCC means it will save money and improve customer service. Critics fear the company will use its new status to raise prices. The FCC […]

Twombly Case Not Just Telecom Antitrust Suit

The case many experts call the most important antitrust suit in 20 years would, if decided in favor of the plaintiff, impact industries across the board, far beyond telecom. That is the contention of industry watchers keeping an eye on the Bell Atlantic (Verizon Communications Inc., Qwest Communications International Inc., SBC Communications Inc. and BellSouth […]

What Choice Do We Have?

While on the one hand there seems to be an amazing amount of innovation (IPTV, VoIP, content delivery) on top of carrier networks, on the other hand, competitive carriers face continued uncertainty about their futures. It seems almost paradoxical. The last time there was this much going on (we called it the Internet Boom), there […]

Roadblocks on the Information Superhighway

For the past 18 months I have been thinking a lot about peer-to-peer traffic and how it might impact the many networks that combine to form the Internet. Understanding that this kind of traffic can only continue to grow, I thought it could begin to burden the network without providing it with revenue. I asked […]

FCC Frees Bells from DSL-Sharing Rules

The FCC today freed the Bell companies from obligations to make their DSL networks available to independent Internet service providers. In a widely anticipated move, the commission reclassified wireline broadband providers as information services. Under previous rules, DSL was considered a telecommunications service, which meant providers had to open their high-speed networks to other ISPs […]

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