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Verizon: VoIP is VoIP

Verizon Communications Inc. has asked the FCC to regulate all VoIP services and providers not just over-the-top companies such as Vonage Holdings Corp. on an interstate basis. Such a move would override state authority. It also could impact the rules governing how competitors interconnect with incumbents networks Verizons proposal comes as part of its continued […]

Carrier and Channel Executives Debate Partners Value

While each partner and each vendor follows a different course, they are all trying to arrive at a similar destination profitability. How to get there is a matter for debate. The community at channel partners is in agreement on at least one thing the indirect model presents a promising path. What that path should look […]

Internet Taxation Ban Attracts Congressional Debate

Four bills addressing Internet taxation are pending in Congress as House and Senate committees this week held hearings on the matter. The original moratorium banning Internet taxes will expire Nov. 1, unless lawmakers extend the date or institute a permanent freeze. Companies such as Verizon Communications Inc. support a permanent ban on Internet access taxes […]

Snowe, Dorgan Push Net Neutrality Bill

Net neutrality got another push from Democratic senators this week as Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and Byron Dorgon, D-N.D., reintroduced a measure that did not make it past the committee level last summer in a Republican-dominated Congress. Now, with the tables turned, the lawmakers hope they can get the backing to pass the Internet Freedom Preservation […]

Net Neutrality Debate Explodes Onto Telecom Reform Stage

The factions are rising against Bell interests this week, nearly seven days after the House Energy and Commerce Committee stripped net neutrality provisions from the most likely proposal so far for telecom reform. On Tuesday, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced the Network Neutrality Act of 2006 in the House, more as a means to draw […]

Anything But Neutral

OF ALL THE CATEGORIES that could make up a telecom rewrite, net neutrality ranks among the most controversial, and least neutral, topics under consideration. The blogosphere is raging with opinions on the matter. Associations have been lining up expert panels to discuss it during conferences. Senators this winter heard testimony from companies and experts on […]

Panelists Debate Role and the Future of USF

Panelists for the Wiley, Rein & Fielding LLC law and regulation series grappled over the issues surrounding the Universal Service Fund (USF) on Monday in a session Universal Service – Should the System Be Scrapped or Can it Be Fixed? that prompted debate and, ultimately, consensus that the matter is so complex the details will […]

Special Access Pricing Debate

Posted: 07/2005 Special Access Pricing Debate Heats Up By Josh Long Rivals of the two largest regional phone companies in the United States are urging federal regulators to ensure that SBC Communications Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. be required to divest assets and offer wholesale network access to thousands of commercial buildings at regulated rates […]

Get Plugged In: Wholesale Forum to Stir Debate

Topics at todays General Session Wholesale Executive Forum are likely to run the gamut from discussions of VoIP to carrier issues to the regulatory climate to CLEC consolidation. To echo moderator Judy Reed Smith, CEO of Atlantic-ACM, the debates promise to be interesting and maybe "we can get some good controversy going." Reed Smith says […]

Economists Say States Botch Wholesale Phone Rates

Two economists said last month the wholesale phone rates regulators set vary widely across the country, and the disparity reflects the fact that states are considering more than costs in calculating how much money the regional Bell operating companies are authorized to charge competitors to lease their local networks. Economists with CapAnalysis LLC released the […]

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