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Stevens Asks NARUC Members to Rethink Intercarrier Comp Reform Strategy

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, today outlined the topics he hopes to address in a likely rewrite of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and called on National Association of Regulatory Utility (NARUC) members to reconsider their proposals for reform of intercarrier compensation rules. Stevens chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, which is spearheading a telecom rewrite […]

ROUND TABLE

…ON THE FCCS INTENT TO REFORM THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND, AND THE LIKELIHOOD THE COMMISSION WILL ADOPT A NUMBERSBASED SYSTEM AS OPPOSED TO THE CURRENT REVENUE METHOD THAT WOULD CHARGE EVERYBODY A USF FEE REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH THEY USE THEIR LANDLINES. This methodology has many advantages it is easy to administer, it would be […]

DeMint Introduces Digital Age Communications Act

In another of a series of Capitol Hill attempts to rewrite the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, yesterday introduced the Digital Age Communications Act of 2005 (DACA). The bill proposes market-oriented, competition-based telecom and communications reform. One Washington, D.C.-based analyst noted the legislation […]

Coalition: Americans Opposed to USF Changes

The nonprofit Keep USF Fair Coalition said today Americans have sent more than half a million e-mails and letters to Washington officials, expressing opposition to proposed Universal Service Fund (USF) changes that would impose $1-$2 more per month on consumers, regardless of how much they use their landlines. Radical changes in the telecom world, brought […]

In Box

On behalf of the John V. Budney Memorial Fund, thank you for supporting our 1st Annual Golf Tournament. Your sponsorship was essential to our success, and, as a result of your generosity, we raised a total of $71,938.47 for the fund. More than 250 golfers were in attendance a record number at Eagle Vale! In […]

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 […]

FCC Deregulates DSL

In early August FCC commissioners agreed to deregulate DSL access a move that was foreshadowed just weeks earlier when the Supreme Court ruled against Brand X Internet LLC, freeing cable companies from network-sharing requirements sought by the ISP. In a widely anticipated move, the FCC on Aug. 5 reclassified wireline broadband providers as information services. […]

Eureka, InfoHighway Complete Merger

Eureka Networks and InfoHighway Communications Corp. said today they have completed the merger they announced in June. The combined entity, named Eureka/InfoHighway, creates one of the largest CLECs in the Northeast with annual sales of more than $100 million. Eureka/InfoHighway says it now serves approximately 14,000 SMBs with 150,000 access lines in 14 Northeastern and […]

Caucus Calls on Lawmakers to Protect Rural Interests in Telecom Reform

In support of small phone companies and consumers in rural America, more than 60 members of the House of Representatives signed a letter outlining principles Congress should adopt when reforming telecommunications law. The principles endorsed by the Congressional Rural Caucus called on lawmakers to preserve federal subsidies that support nationwide telecom services at affordable rates […]

Cbeyond Planning IPO

Cbeyond Communications, a private company delivering communications services to small businesses, has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise up to $172.5 million in an initial public offering. Founded in 1999, Atlanta-based Cbeyond is seeking to expand beyond five cities amid vigorous growth in the IP-based communications industry. Cbeyond sells […]

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