CLECs: Section 271 A Necessary Response to Forbearance

Forbearance relief for the Bells under Section 251 has caused CLECs nothing but grief. Now the Section 271 Coalition hopes to help reverse competitors fortunes by pressing the FCC to enforce an oft-overlooked part of the 1996 Telecom Act.

FCC Puts Smack Down on Forbearance Gamesmanship

It’s a new day at the FCC. Julius Genachowski has taken his place as chairman, Michael Copps has returned to his commissioner’s seat and Jonathan Adelstein has departed to head the Rural Utilities Service. Genachowski received full Senate confirmation last week and, on Monday, announced his new staff. That same day, then-Acting Chairman Michael Copps […]

FCC Puts Off Verizon Rhode Island Forbearance Vote

Sorry, Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) – you’ll have to wait another 90 days for the FCC to decide whether you’ll get that extensive regulatory relief in Rhode Island. Competitive providers, now is the time to speak up. Make sure the FCC knows your views on Verizon’s petition. As a reminder, Verizon wants to be freed from […]

FeatureGroup IP: Forbearance Denial Favors ILECs

The FCC last week rejected a long-pending forbearance petition that leaves unanswered the question of how, or whether, providers must pay access charges on certain VoIP traffic. The request was filed in late 2007 by Texas-based CLEC FeatureGroup IP. Now, executives say, the company could go out of business – or, at the very least, […]

Soap Box: Policy Challenges Persist in 2008

2008 has been a year of policy challenges for competitive communications providers. COMPTEL and its members continue the fight to preserve their ability to obtain the wholesale inputs they need to provide high-quality, innovative services and expand their networks in an effort to ensure that consumers have a choice of carriers and services. Ever since […]

Garbage In, Garbage Out: Whats Wrong with the FCC Forbearance Review

      By Peter Radizeski, President of RAD-INFO The Government Accounting Office (GAO) did a study on competition in Dedicated Access Competition. Unfortunately the data they used was from 2005. Don’t they have computers over there with more current data? Apparently not. This is the same data that the FCC used to grant pricing […]

Roundtable: Qwests Forbearance Petition

On Qwest’s petition for forbearance, which comes due this month, from certain unbundling rules in four metro areas … “I think the Qwest forbearance petition would crush our budding competitive industry in Arizona.” — Kris Mayes, Arizona Corporation Commissioner     “Every competitive provider needs to feel ownership for this issue.” — Heather Burnett-Gold, senior […]

What I Learned at Channel Partners

By Peter Radizeski, President of RAD-INFO Back at the office after a very full Channel Partners show in Vegas. Big hand to Virgo for knocking this one out of the park. New vendors in the exhibit hall. Snacks and coffee to keep people going. Good keynotes from Jaws, Carl Grivner, and Nancy Lubamersky. About Nancy’s […]

Channel Partners: Lubamersky Addresses Policy Matters Affecting Agents

Too often, indirect sales partners think regulatory decisions dont affect their businesses. But nothing could be more untrue, and FCC activity over the past year proves it. Forbearance is the new F word (even though Verizon was wholly denied in December); copper retirement remains a looming issue (do you want to tell your customers you […]

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