Regulatory Workshop Reviews Changing Rules

There is no shortage of regulatory developments this year as government officials formulate telecommunications rules affecting Internet phone service, wholesale access to the biggest local phone networks and intercarrier compensation, among other issues. On Wednesday morning, Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP will present a workshop exploring changes in the rules. Speakers will include experts ranging from […]

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 […]

VoIP Regulation at Heart of FCCs Upcoming Meeting

Jeff Pulver could be all smiles come Thursday. That is when the FCC is expected to rule on a request that the Internet phone service he launched in November 2002 — Free World Dialup — is not subject to a vast web of telecom rules. During a Feb. 12 meeting at FCC headquarters, the federal […]

Reach Out, But Don’t Touch

AT&T Corp., Intel Corp., Texas Instruments Inc. and ITXC Corp. are among the companies representing an expanded coalition formed to convince regulators to apply light regulation to VoIP technology. Uniting under the Voice on the Net, or VON Coalition, the diverse group of companies disclosed plans in February to reach out to state and federal […]

Kevin Martin Has Plenty to Talk About

Kevin Martin has clean-cut schoolboy looks, but don’t let his appearance fool you. He is one of the country’s most experienced and influential telecommunications regulators. Martin, who is among the three Republican commissioners serving on the FCC, was the planned keynote speaker today, but was unexpectedly called back to Washington, D.C., to attend to FCC […]

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