costs

 

Recovering the Controversial Costs of Universal Service

Posted: 06/1998 Recovering the Controversial Costs of Universal Service By Thomas K. Crowe, Esq. In May 1997, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted its controversial universal service ruling, few service providers comprehended the effect the program would have on their businesses. Today, all service providers with even minimal interstate traffic must pay approximately 3.9 […]

Local Number Portability

Posted: 01/1998 By Debera Bell-Beam Phased implementation of local number portability (LNP), a Congressional mandate to be carried out by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has begun with the first drop-dead date of March 31 for wireline local exchange carriers (LECs) that serve seven major cities. Initial deployment, broken into five phases, will target the […]

Unfair At Any Price?

Posted: 12/1997 Unfair At Any Price? The Continuing Struggle Over Payphone Compensation By Kathleen Franklin Payphones are not a particularly sexy issue unless you associate them with Clark Kent’s famous phone booth costume changes. Nevertheless, in two rulings issued in early October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided two important issues that will have a […]

Billing Systems: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Posted: 12/1997 By Dan Baker and Nancy Duvergne Smith If the telecom business is a race car–fast-moving and subject to quick turns–then billing is where the rubber meets the road. But a billing engine is only as good as its grip on the pavement–and customers’ loyalty. Billing managers build that loyalty by producing a finely […]

Why Not?

Posted: 11/1997 Why Not? Call me a dreamer, but I’m stilling waiting for some crazy all-distance carrier to take advantage of network architecture–not just new technology–and change the way things are done in the public network space. Here’s an example. I routinely am told by the smart guys in the switching world that today’s state-of-the-art […]

What’s Fair?

Posted: 11/1997 What’s Fair? FCC Ponders Payphone Compensation Rules in Wake of Court Remand "Fair’s fair," as the old saying goes. That’s not a very enlightening definition in any context. Fortunately, the circularity of this definition isn’t enough to support policy arguments. Unfortunately, federal regulators continue to struggle over trying to figure out what’s fair […]

What’s Fair?

Posted: 10/1997 What’s Fair? FCC Ponders Payphone Compensation Rules in Wake of Court Remand "Fair’s fair," as the old saying goes. That’s not a very enlightening definition in any context. Fortunately, the circularity of this definition isn’t enough to support policy arguments. Unfortunately, federal regulators continue to struggle over trying to figure out what’s fair […]

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