Verizon: VoIP is VoIP

Verizon Communications Inc. has asked the FCC to regulate all VoIP services and providers not just over-the-top companies such as Vonage Holdings Corp. on an interstate basis. Such a move would override state authority. It also could impact the rules governing how competitors interconnect with incumbents networks Verizons proposal comes as part of its continued […]

FCC Tightens Leash on VoIP

ON JUNE 27, THE FCC released the text of its Universal Service Contribution Methodology Report and Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which, for the first time, extends Universal Service Fund contribution requirements to interconnected VoIP providers. The ruling additionally requires interconnected VoIP providers to register with the FCC as providers of domestic, interstate services. […]

TMC Communications Opens Texas Office, Announces 5 Percent Bonus

TMC Communications (Booths 101-103) today announced it will open an office in Austin, Texas to be run by Rick Coley, the company’s new director of business development for the Southeastern region. TMC also announced it will pay agents an additional 5 percent commission on standard dedicated interstate rates on the Qwest Communications International Inc. and […]

Hold The Phone

Posted: 10/2003 Hold The Phone Competing FTC, FCC and State Do-Not-Call Rules Create Confusion By Joseph Sanscrainte On July 29, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its final rules regarding the fees to be imposed on entities accessing its do-not-call registry. This is the last piece of a complex puzzle that began to be assembled […]


Posted: 7/2003 Lifesaver BellSouth employee Dale Reese was honored this spring for the 2002 rescue of 22-year old Jessica Prisock from a burning car on Interstate 20 in Jackson. Reese and his daughter Laura Leigh were traveling westbound on Interstate 20 when they noticed a fire in some trees on the side of the road. […]


Posted: 09/2000 Detariffing New Rules Pave the Way for Customer Contracts By Neil S. EndeOver the last 20 years, a feeling has grown that tariffs are antiquated and do more harm than good. The FCC’s new regulatory regime eases this feeling by requiring customer contracts and giving consumers more say.For most of the 20th century, […]

Regulatory News – Appeals Court Frees IXCs from Tariffs

Posted:  07/2000 Appeals Court Frees IXCs from Tariffs By Kim Sunderland All is not lost for the IXCs that lost a three-year battle with the FCC ( in federal appeals court over the requirement that they file federal tariffs outlining their rates or service changes. Earlier this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]

Regulatory News – Bell Atlantic’s OSS Problems Spill Out of N.Y.

Posted:  05/2000 Delivery Deadline Set for Telecom Relay Services The FCC ( amended its rules governing the delivery of Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) to expand its availability to consumers who have hearing and speech impairments, as well as to improve its QoS. In its order, the commission seeks comment on how to improve TRS and […]

Desperately Seeking Access Charges Reform

Posted:  02/2000 Desperately Seeking Access Charges Reform BY KIM SUNDERLAND Now that January has come and gone, pressure has hit the boiling point regarding an access charge reform proposal, which would reduce interstate access charges by $5.6 billion annually over the next five years and still deliver on universal service. The Coalition for Affordable Local […]

Reality Check

Posted: 12/1999 Reality Check It May Be Time for a Regulatory Audit By Neil S. Ende If your company is like many telecommunications services re-sellers, it has not fully considered regulatory issues in structuring the business, nor in budgeting or planning timelines. Don’t make this mistake–it can be costly. Like it or not, the telecommunications […]

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