The UNE-P Paradox

Stories abound of obituaries accidentally published while the subject is still alive. One of the best known examples is that of Mark Twain, who said, after reading his own obituary, “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” For the past year, telecommunications newspapers have been filled with ‘doom and gloom’ stories about the […]

Stop Whining

First of all, let me say that I follow the telephone industry closely, but have never worked for a telephone operating company. The article “The Forgotten Quo” from your May issue was interesting, and for the most part factually accurate. But a few things were omitted, and other things were distorted. Congress, in its infinite […]

So,You Want to Tackle UNE-P Resale?

Posted: 3/2004 So,You Want to Tackle UNE-P Resale? Here are Six Key Strategies in the Playbook By Edward J. Finegold Local resale never has been easy. Unbundling regulations have been hotly contested throughout the deregulatory era. Wholesale-retail relationships among ILECs and CLECs can be openly hostile. Bureaucratic trappings encumber service ordering and restrain the fulfillment […]

ASCENT: Profitec’s Omnibill Integrates with Biztel 1

Recognizing the challenges CLECs face in provisioning local services, Profitec (Booth 300) has partnered with Biztel 1 to incorporate its interconnect clearinghouse services into Profitec’s Omnibill telecom billing system. Biztel 1’s services, operated under the American Carrier Exchange (ACX) label offers electronic bonding links with the ILECs. With the ACX integration, Omnibill clients now can […]

FCC Seeks Rehearing of UNE Remand, Line-Sharing Ruling

The Federal Communications Commission ( requested Monday a rehearing of a May 24 appeals court ruling that ordered the agency to review its unbundled network element (UNE) rules and vacated its line-sharing rules. In its petition the FCC notes that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s decision is at odds with the […]

Standard Practice

Posted: 1/2002 Standard Practice FCC Aims to Raise Bar on Incumbents Wholesale Provisioning Performance By Kim Sunderland  Another regulatory phase in the endless saga of local telephone market competition is under way on the federal level. Telecommunications regulators want to set national rules for the incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) that would bring them to […]

Soap Box – The Real McCoy

Posted: 10/2001 Soap Box The Real McCoy By H. Russell Frisby Jr. The Telecommunications Act, which held so much promise when it became law 51/2 years ago, did little to settle the debate over the future of telecommunications in America.If anything, the fevered pitch over that last bastion of monopoly power — the local loop […]

Three-Way Fight

Posted: 09/2001 Three-Way Fight IXCs, ILECs, Cablecos Dig In on Local Ground By Kim Sunderland Verizon Communications Inc. has offered up to a $10,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of culprits responsible for thefts and vandalism of the company’s telephone cable in Southern California.Bummer man. Like, who would do […]

Regulatory News – Senator Introduces Bell-friendly Bills

Posted: 08/2001 Regulatory News Senator Introduces Bell-friendly Bills By Kim Sunderland Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) has introduced legislation intended to spur the deployment of DSL services by the ILECs. Brownback’s proposed bills are similar to the regulatory relief approach of House Resolution 1542 (H.R. 1542), also known as the Tauzin-Dingell bill, which competitors are fighting.Brownback’s […]

Regulatory News – New FCC Lineup, Uneven Rules Fuel Competitors’ Concerns

Posted: 04/2001 New FCC Lineup, Uneven Rules Fuel Competitors’ Concerns As the second quarter of the year begins, several significant policy issues stand to affect the competitive telecommunications industry, including regulation of competitive carriers and the unbundled network element platform (UNE-P). Add to this the changing faces at the FCC (, as well as prolonged restructuring […]

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