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ILD Adds USF Feature

ILD Telecommunications Inc. (Booth 218) has enhanced its LEC Billing Services Group product with a State USF Feature. The software flags the states where administrative fees are allowed. ILD points out that not all states require a USF fee, so not all of them allow providers to charge administrative fees. ILD says it is working […]

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ILD ADDS STATE USF FEATURE TO BILLING SERVICES GROUP ILD Telecommunications Inc. has enhanced its LEC Billing Services Group product with a state USF Feature. The software flags the states where administrative fees are allowed. ILD points out that not all states require a USF fee, so not all of them allow providers to charge […]

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 […]

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 […]

FCC Begins Long Journey to Writing VoIP Rules

The FCC on Thursday officially began the long journey to writing rules governing the regulation of phone services that are routed over Internet Protocol networks. Based on the premise that Internet services should remain largely unregulated, the FCC opened a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comment on a variety of issues related to Internet-based […]

TAG: A Wireless Twist on Telecom Audits

Posted: 9/2003 A Wireless Twist on Telecom Audits By Tara Seals Corporate America has a problem a really dumb problem, proclaimed Forbes magazine in October 2002. Nobody seems to be keeping track of phones hooked up on the wrong rate plans, leading to punitive charges for extra minutes. Hardly a new issue, but one that […]

Carrier Channel: Carriers Agree to Settlement in Rights-of-Way Land Disputes

Posted: 9/2003 Carriers Agree to Settlement in Rights-of-Way Land Disputes By Josh Long A judge has granted preliminary approval of a settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit charging four telecommunications carriers with laying fiber cables on rights of way controlled by railroads without getting the permission of the adjacent landowners. Up to 360,000 plaintiffs are […]

E Channel – CheapRates.com Calculates ‘Hidden’ Telecom Fees on Web

Posted: 09/2001 E Channel CheapRates.com Calculates ‘Hidden’ Telecom Fees on Web By Josh Long K Communications Inc., a telecommunications consulting firm targeting small businesses and residential consumers, has introduced CheapRates.com, a website where fees, taxes and surcharges are calculated to compare long-distance phone bills–not simply rates. “This new technology allows customers to find the very […]

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