Senate Confirms McDowell as Fifth FCC Commissioner

The U.S. Senate on Friday unanimously confirmed COMPTEL lawyer Robert McDowell as the fifth member of the FCC. McDowells nomination had been on hold for some time; his confirmation gives FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin a Republican majority, which he has not had since he was appointed chairman in early 2005. “Rob McDowell’s confirmation today […]

Stevens to Keynote COMPTEL Convention

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has agreed to deliver the keynote speech at the COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2006 Convention & Expo, to be held March 19-22 in San Diego. Stevens has spent the last year spearheading an anticipated rewrite of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. His speech will come just days after he wraps up a […]

House Moves Ahead with Telecom Legislation

The House of Representatives held four hearings through the first four months of the year on telecommunications developments and planned to introduce legislation as early as late May to reform a law that is nearly a decade old. In the hearings, Rep. Joe Barton, the Texas Republican chairing the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, […]

Battle Looming to Reform the Law

AT&T Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. are among the giants gearing up for a battle on Capitol Hill over reform of telecommunications laws. Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are expected to study such issues as Internet phone service, taxes and universal service subsidies as part of a sweeping examination […]

Senate Looks to Reform Telecom Law

The U.S. Senate has kicked off a series of hearings as part of a comprehensive effort to reform federal telecommunications law. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, said in April he will introduce a bill later this year to reform telecom law. The Commerce, Science & […]

Where Do We Go From Here?

Posted: 10/2003 Where Do We Go From Here? First Stop: State Regulatory Commissions By Josh Long The battle over wholesale phone rules will be fought at state public service commissions over the next year. Regulators have nine months to analyze whether there is adequate competition in a designated market to phase out rules that allow […]

Regulatory News – State Rulings on SBC 271s Expected This Year

Posted:  03/2000 State Rulings on SBC 271s Expected This Year BY KIM SUNDERLAND SBC has several other Sec. 271 applications pending in the states and hopes to have the majority of them approved this year. "All of our states currently have proceedings before them," says Paul M. Mancini, vice president and assistant general counsel for […]

CompTel Proposes New FCC Bureau

Posted: 08/1999 CompTel Proposes New FCC Bureau By Kim Sunderland Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reform should include creation of a new Competition Bureau that would streamline agency processes and be more apt at dealing with industry changes and technological convergence, the Washington-based Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel) says. CompTel’s June 28 comments are in response to […]

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