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FCC Proposes $12M Fine for Abuse of Disability Fund

Purple Communications Inc. received millions of dollars in reimbursements from the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund for serving customers whose fictitious names revealed the individuals were not eligible users, the FCC said.

Kelley Drye & Warren Partners Present Regulatory, Business Panels

For the second consecutive COMPTEL show, experts from Kelley Drye & Warren LLP will lead a series of panels examining new rules and pending regulatory matters that impact IP-based service, alternative last-mile facilities, wireless resale and other significant next-generation business plans. First up, from 8 – 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, is the seminar The […]

Should You Be Concerned With CALEA? Probably

While new economic realities force telecommunications carriers and service providers to cut personnel and drastically reduce operating expenses, these companies are bearing ever increasing costs to meet new mandates from law enforcement agencies. These legal demands often force an increase in personnel and operating costs associated with servicing legal orders for customers records and lawful […]

USA Today: Martin Considering Cable TV Competition Enforcement

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin this week told USA Today he might put into effect a little-known rule in the 1992 Cable Act that would enforce cable TV competition. The provision could give the FCC the power to require cities to let RBOCs compete with cable TV operators. “Several weeks ago I asked the staff to […]

FCC Creates VoIP E911 Task Force

As VoIP providers inch closer to the November deadline mandating E911 service for Internet calls, the FCC this created a task force on E911 enforcement. Kevin Martin, FCC chairman, said the FCC-NARUC Task Force on VoIP Enhanced 911 enforcement will include staff from the FCC and State Public Utility Commissions. Those members will work with […]

Linking to the Law

The Federal Communications Commission recently released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Declaratory Ruling laying out the agency’s proposed approach to implementing a legal framework for the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), particularly as it applies to packet-mode technologies such as VoIP. The Aug. 9, 2004, proposal, if adopted, is expected to impact […]

Adopt an Anti-Slam Plan

FINES AND PENALTIES LEVIED BY THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION AND STATE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSIONS AGAINST CARRIERS FOR SLAMMING ACTIVITY, PARTICULARLY CARRIERS RELYING UPON TELEMARKETING, CAN BE CRIPPLING. SINCE 2000, THE FCC HAS ASSESSED - EITHER IN FORFEITURE ORDERS OR THROUGH SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS - CARRIER FINES OF AT LEAST $14 MILLION AND STATE PUCS IN TOTAL HAVE ASSESSED […]

Stepping Up Enforcement

Posted: 2/2004 Stepping Up Enforcement FCC Commissioners Call on Regulator to Extend 271 Compliance Reviews By Josh Long One of the biggest regulatory battles of the last seven years ended in December when Qwest Communications International Inc. was granted FCC approval to offer long-distance phone and data services in Arizona. All four Bells have authority […]

Do-Not-Call Rules Enforcement Begins

Posted: 2/2004 Do-Not-Call Rules Enforcement Begins By Gregory E. Kunkle, Esq., and Thomas K. Crowe, Esq. Amid ongoing legal challenges, the federal do-not-call list is up and running and being enforced. The FCC reports at least 2,000 consumer complaints were filed in the first week following the lists Oct. 7 debut. The high level of […]

Heavy-Handed or Hollow?

Posted: 5/2003 Heavy-Handed or Hollow? Regulator Says Enforcement a Priority; Competitors Cry Foul By Josh Long Last year the FCC fined SBC Communications Inc. $6 million for violating a condition of its merger with Ameritech, the largest forfeiture in the history of the agency. The federal regulator says that fine is symbolic of its no-nonsense […]

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