Regulatory News – FCC Advances Unified Access Charge Plan

Posted: 11/1999 FCC Advances Unified Access Charge Plan By Kim Sunderland When two of the nation’s largest long distance carriers joined with four of the country’s biggest local exchange carriers (LECs) on a plan to revamp the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) access charge rules, a hush fell over the industry. On this contentious issue, at […]

Coalition Seeks Fast Action on Access ChargeProposal

Posted: 10/1999 Coalition Seeks Fast Action on Access Charge Proposal By Kim Sunderland The newly formed Coalition for Affordable Local and Long Distance Service (CALLS), which has filed a compromise proposal with federal regulators to revise the interstate access charge system, seeks fast-track approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for fear the plan might […]

Regulatory News – National UNEs List Still Critical, TRA Says

Posted: 07/1999 National UNEs List Still Critical, TRA Says By Kim Sunderland A minimum list of unbundled network elements (UNEs) that incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) must offer to competitors should be maintained, according to the Telecommunications Resellers Association (TRA), Washington. In comments filed this week with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), TRA says that […]

Broadband Battle Moves to Hill

Posted: 07/1999 Broadband Battle Moves to Hill By Kim Sunderland Both houses of Congress are poised to consider proposed legislation that attempts to tackle the thorny issue of broadband, which seems possessed by few and desired by the masses. Broadband is transmission equipment with a greater bandwidth than a voice-grade line that enables it to […]

Debate on Access Charges Heads Back to FCC

Posted: 07/1999 Debate on Access Charges Heads Back to FCC By Kim Sunderland Just as several interexchange carriers (IXCs) and incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) attempt to help the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revise its access charge rules, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has struck them down. The FCC, according […]


Posted: 07/1999 CHARGING AHEAD LEC Billing Remains Viable in Convergent Market By Susan Helen Moran CEO Joe Lynam says he has been spending a lot of time pondering corporate strategy. He knows his local exchange carrier (LEC)-based billing services company, Integretel Inc., San Jose, Calif., cannot stand still and expect to flourish in a world […]

Telecom Act’s 3rd Birthday Is a Monster Mash

Posted: 02/1999 Telecom Act’s 3rd Birthday Is a Monster Mash By Kim Sunderland February marks the Telecommunications Act of 1996’s third birthday, which, similar to President Clinton’s tumultuous reign, is fraught with swirling clouds of contradiction. Generally speaking, many in the interexchange carrier (IXC) industry believe the Telecom Act is achieving, albeit slowly, what it’s […]

The Telecom Act–It’s Working

Posted: 12/1998 The Telecom Act–It’s Working By Cronan O’Connell As you leaf through this issue of PHONE+, the Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS) is poised to open its Annual Convention and Trade Exposition–its largest ever–Dec. 2-4 in Las Vegas, drawing thousands of attendees from the competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) industry as well as […]

Technically Infeasible Argument Rears Ugly Head … Again

Posted: 09/1998 Technically Infeasible Argument Rears Ugly Head … Again By Russell Frisby Following divestiture in 1984, AT&T Corp. ardently opposed the implementation of equal access conversion, maintaining it was technically infeasible. Fortunately for consumers, the equal access process proceeded. As a result, 98.9 percent of the nation’s lines have been converted to equal access, […]

BellSouth’s Name Game

Posted: 05/1998 BellSouth’s Name Game Will Regulators Be Caught in a "Blind"? By Genevieve Morelli There is an old adage that if something walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, chances are it is a duck. This saying perfectly characterizes an evolving regulatory and marketplace issue: the attempt by incumbent local exchange (ILECs) […]

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