Vertek Announces Managed Financial Assurance Program

Vertek Corp. (Booth 1009) is introducing a suite of hosted financial assurance solutions. The tools help integrated communications companies better understand and manage the details of their services and revenue costs. The privately held professional services firm says its Managed Financial Assurance Program (MFAP) combines data processing, analytic tools and user reporting applications, with specialized, […]

Line Systems Offers Show Promotion

Line Systems Inc. (Booth 902) is showcasing a commercial agreement with Verizon Communications Inc. and the recent addition of integrated dedicated products at The Channel Partners Conference & Expo. As a promotional offer for show attendees, Line Systems is offering a multifaceted compensation package for any new agents who sign up on the expo hall […]

TAG Announces C-TAP

Technology Assurance Group (TAG), an international organization of independently owned telecommunication companies and an association sponsor of The Fall 2005 Channel Partners Conference & Expo, announces it has partnered with Great American Leasing Company, a privately held lease financing firm, to launch the Current Technology Assurance Plan (C-TAP). The C-TAP program ensures the telecom and […]

Cogent Offers Cablecos ‘Zero Commit’

Ethernet provider Cogent Communications Group Inc. said today it is giving cablecos the chance to test its Internet service without the requirement of a long-term commitment. Termed Zero Commit, the deal lets cable operators cancel service within 30 days of signing on; they will pay the full first month of service charges, but be credited […]

Intercarrier Compensation Under Scrutiny

The FCC in March launched the second phase of its comprehensive rulemaking proceeding regarding intercarrier compensation. Policies and regulations adopted as a result of it likely will affect all corners of the telecommunications industry. The commission’s objective in the proceeding perhaps is summarized best by Commissioner Michael J. Copps: “Our intercarrier compensation system is Byzantine […]

Are Access Fees Destined for Extinction?

Phone companies collect billions of dollars from one another every year to complete calls, but the federal rules governing compensation between carriers are projected to fundamentally change. AT&T Corp., Level 3 Communications Inc., SBC Communications Inc. and Sprint Corp. are among a group of nine telecommunications companies supporting a plan to drastically reduce the ‘access […]

Drawing Battle Lines

A great telecommunications debate is brewing. Numerous coalitions have assembled a number of proposals to replace the system governing how phone companies pay one another to complete calls. Billions of dollars are at stake, and the issues are as complex and emotionally charged as the battle that has been raging over the fate of wholesale […]

FCC: IXCs Must Pay

The FCC ruled April 22 long-distance carriers must pay local phone companies access charges when they route calls over the Internet if the traffic originates and terminates on the PSTN controlled by SBC Communications Inc. and other regional Bells. In a lawsuit filed against AT&T Corp., SBC is seeking to recover $141 million in access […]

Coalition Submits Proposal to Fix Intercarrier Compensation Regime

The telecommunications industry has begun outlining proposals to fix the controversial, complex, and what many call antiquated, system governing how phone companies pay one another to complete calls. Within the past week, a coalition announced a proposal to replace a smorgasbord of fee structures with a single cost-based rate. All telecom providers would pay the […]

FCC Under Pressure on VoIP

Posted: 3/2004 FCC Under Pressure on VoIP Congressman Demands Answers on AT&T Petition By Josh Long A high-ranking congressman this winter pressured the FCC to rule whether AT&T Corp. must pay switched access fees to terminate long-distance traffic carried over its IP network. The request by Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.) underscored the concern of rural […]

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