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New Coalition Calls Fights Call-Blocking, Sprint Launches Own Offensive

In what is becoming a he said/she said issue, a group of more than 12 rural LECs and conferencing providers have banded together to form the Coalition for Carrier Neutrality, focused on AT&T Inc. and others allegedly blocking their users calls into free conference calling services. Meanwhile, Sprint Nextel Corp. this week sued a number […]

Verizon 2007 Contract Contested

After nearly a year of talks with former MCI and Verizon agents, Verizon Solutions Partner Program (VSPP) executives in November unveiled the companys 2007 contract, which did little to quell the growing chorus of concern surrounding the combination of the two carriers agent programs following their merger. Former MCI agents (fMCI as they are known […]

DoJ Approves AT&T-BellSouth Merger, Without Conditions

The Department of Justice (DoJ) on Wednesday approved the $67 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. Tomorrow, the FCC is expected to do the same. The DoJ did not impose any conditions on the combination, and it was not known whether the FCC would follow suit. “The presence of other competitors, changing regulatory […]

BellSouth Drops Monthly DSL Fee After Reports of FCC Inquiry

BellSouth Corp. has dropped a $2.97 monthly fee it was charging DSL subscribers in lieu of Universal Service Fund (USF) contributions. The FCC late last week opened an investigation into BellSouth and fellow Bell company Verizon Communications Inc. for tacking on the fee even though the carriers no longer pay USF monies from their DSL […]

Coalition Files Intercarrier Compensation Plan With FCC

A coalition made up of carriers and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) on Monday filed its proposal for intercarrier compensation reform with the FCC. The Missoula Plan so named because key discussions took place in Missoula, Mont. provides a transition from the narrowband world to broadband by reducing and unifying intercarrier compensation […]

NOT NECESSARILY NEWS

More technology CEOs plan to increase headcount over the next year, but they say finding, and hiring, the right people is getting tougher. Its their biggest operational challenge, according to 41 percent of CEOs surveyed in Deloittes 2006 CEO Survey of the fastestgrowing technology companies in North America as ranked on Deloittes Technology Fast 500. […]

Coalition: Americans Opposed to USF Changes

The nonprofit Keep USF Fair Coalition said today Americans have sent more than half a million e-mails and letters to Washington officials, expressing opposition to proposed Universal Service Fund (USF) changes that would impose $1-$2 more per month on consumers, regardless of how much they use their landlines. Radical changes in the telecom world, brought […]

Efforts to Reform USF Gain Momentum, Incite Controversy

As the FCC considers reformation of the Universal Service Fund, Congress has its own ideas for change. Meanwhile, the Keep USF Fair Coalition is taking sides against the FCC and Chairman Kevin Martins support of a numbers-based system, and professing ideas more in line with a newly proposed House bill. The numbers-based system would assess […]

Telecom Associations Coalition to Lobby for Rural Consumers

As Congress prepares to address telecom reform for the second time in 10 years, four associations have formed the Coalition to Keep America Connected. The Independent Telephone & Telecommunications Alliance, National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies and the Western Telecommunications Alliance held a press conference today announcing […]

News Briefs

Arbinet-thexchange Inc. has announced “mobile on thexchange,” its new market for trading, routing and settling mobile capacity. Mobile on thexchange provides a single interconnection for direct routing among network operators for mobile-tomobile, mobile-to-fixed and fixed-to-mobile calls. It optimizes traffic management, routing and settlement, impacting call signaling, answer seizure ratio, average call duration and roaming. Improvement […]

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