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Senators, Witnesses Go to Mat Over Net Neutrality

The Senate Commerce Committee took in another round of viewpoints on Thursday regarding proposed legislation to rewrite the 1996 Telecom Act, this time focusing on the contentious issue of net neutrality. Committee members quizzed a series of panelists on Thursday on their support, or lack thereof, for the net neutrality provisions in the Communications, Consumers’ […]

Lightyear Alliance to Host Open House This Weekend

Lightyear Alliance, the MLM division of Lightyear Network Solutions LLC, this weekend will host an open house in honor of its new training center in the Atlanta market. Lightyear Alliance claims nearly 4,000 sales representatives in Georgia. The company sells all communications products developed by Louisville-based Lightyear Network Solutions LLC. The Atlanta office will focus […]

Net Neutrality Debate Explodes Onto Telecom Reform Stage

The factions are rising against Bell interests this week, nearly seven days after the House Energy and Commerce Committee stripped net neutrality provisions from the most likely proposal so far for telecom reform. On Tuesday, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced the Network Neutrality Act of 2006 in the House, more as a means to draw […]

Slippery Slope

IN CASE YOU HAVENT NOTICED , the telecom industry is sliding down a slippery slope. At the bottom of the slide is a world without common carrier obligations. Its alarmist to think we would ever land there, but recent actions since my last rant on the topic (see March PHONE+) have pushed us ever closer. […]

Aperto, EDX Partner to Offer WiMAX Network Planning Solutions

Aperto Networks, which develops WiMAX base stations and subscriber units, announced today a marketing relationship with EDX Wireless LLC to offer a network planning tool to WiMAX service providers to help them design, deploy and optimize their WiMAX networks. EDX Wireless’ planning tool, EDX SignalPro, is a software package with specialized modules and customizable features […]

House Committee Says No to Net Neutrality

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday struck down the so-called Markey Amendment in the proposed Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act (COPE), also known as the Barton-Rush Act. The provision offered by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., would have ensured net neutrality requirements, but was voted down 34-22 during mark-up procedures on the bill. […]

Republicans Propose to Loosen Government Oversight of Internet

Republicans on the House Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee on Wednesday voted to maintain a hands-off approach to net neutrality provisions in the Communications, Promotion, and Enhancement Act of 2006. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., introduced the bill last week. Its main goal makes way for a […]

Boucher Predicts 55% Chance of New Telecom Laws This Session

Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., said this morning there is a 55 percent chance the 109th Congress will sign a new telecom bill into law before convening in the summer. If legislation does not pass, he said, at least the work were doing now is fundamentally important. Boucher serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee […]

TELECOM REFORM HITS SNAG

TELECOM POLICY REFORM IN Washington this fall took a sudden turn in the direction of deep quagmire as House backers of new pro-Bell legislation stirred howls of protest across a wide spectrum of affected parties, including some who had been supportive of earlier legislative efforts. [Bartons bill] would create gatekeepers for the internet with negative […]

FCC Sticks to Nov. 28 Deadline, but Changes Likely

As pressure mounted for the FCC to relent on its deadline for VoIP E911, the U.S. regulatory agency stuck to its guns in the short term, continuing to insist that VoIP service providers file letters of compliance by Nov. 28. However, the breadth of voice being raised in opposition to the FCCs actions with regard […]

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