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FCC Issues New E911 Order

Wireless carriers must achieve PSAP-level E911 compliance by Sept. 11, 2012, the FCC said this week. The move was steps away from the agencys proposed, and very controversial, one-year deadline. Wireless providers now have five years and must meet certain benchmarks in the interim. Benchmarks include satisfying location accuracy requirements and demonstrating significant progress toward […]

Proposed Interim Cap First Step in USF Overhaul

High in Missouris northeastern corner, in a pocket perhaps best known for guided deer and turkey hunts, managers of a local telephone cooperative are keeping an eye on federal Universal Service Fund (USF) reform efforts. The 55-year-old Mark Twain Rural Telephone Co. serves 4,500 subscribers across eight counties, and its costs are about four times […]

COMPTEL Searches for New CEO

Earl Comstock resigned as president and CEO of COMPTEL on May 30. COMPTEL is shopping for a new president and CEO following the late May resignation of Earl Comstock, who served in the role for two years. COMPTEL named Jerry James, former president of Grande Communications Networks Inc. and a past COMPTEL chairman, as its […]

Pac-West Files Bankruptcy

Wholesale service provider Pac-West Telecomm Inc. said on Tuesday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company has watched revenue from ISPs continue to decline as it simultaneously has spent millions building out its network. It also sold its retail business to TelePacific Communications in March 2005, eliminating another revenue stream for Pac-West. Pac-West […]

ROUND TABLE

… On the FCCs interim measure requiring VoIP providers to pay into the Universal Service Fund once DSL providers stop contributing in August … These interim measures … ensure that the fund remains solvent for the near term, and serve as an important first step toward broadening the funds contribution base to ensure equitable and […]

FCC Revamps USF Contribution Base to Include VoIP

As expected, the FCC on Wednesday changed the way it gathers contributions to the Universal Service Fund (USF). Interconnected VoIP providers now must contribute and wireless providers will pay more. The FCC with a full complement of commissioners after more than a year was under pressure to add contributors to the USF requirements because, in […]

NENA Approves i2 VoIP Architecture for E911

The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) board of directors has approved the NENA Interim VoIP Architecture for Enhanced 911 Services, known as i2. This is NENA’s first major standard on the VoIP and enhanced 911 (E911) system interface. The i2 standard is regarded as an interim system enabling VoIP service providers to deliver E911 service […]

Grande Loses Another Exec, Names Interim Leader

Grande Communications board of directors today named Scott Ferguson the companys interim president and CEO, as the company last week said it would do after announcing Bill Morrows resignation. Morrow last week resigned as CEO, and president and co-founder Joe Ross just announced he, too, is stepping down. Morrow is to remain on the companys […]

Frisby to Leave CompTel/ALTS on Friday

Tomorrow marks CompTel/ALTS CEO H. Russell Frisby Jr.s last day at the association. Frisby who said in late November he would step down to pursue his first love, law will be replaced by Drew Walker, former president of business services at ITC^DeltaCom, on an interim basis. Frisbys resume includes private practice and also a career- […]

Court Clears FCC to Write New Rules

A federal appeals court has put on hold a request by big local phone companies to reject interim wholesale telecommunications rules, giving the FCC some breathing room as it works to adopt permanent regulations. Qwest Communications International Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and the United States Telecom Association had asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for […]

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