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Thoughts on the FCC

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO Special access pricing flexibility. Forbearance petitions. The 700MHz wireless spectrum auction rules. These are just some of the major issues facing the FCC now. (The FCC has not ruled on long ignored issues such as inter-carrier compensation, virtual-NXX, and USF reform, but has had plenty of time for indecency). I did […]

Federal Lawmakers Take Time Out for Telecom Policy Issues

Congress appears to be taking a renewed interest in telecom issues. In the past week, two subcommittees have held hearings on special access, Bell forbearance petitions and copper loop retirement. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., held the first hearing last week. He is chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Kerry wanted to examine ways […]

An Open Letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin

By Herb Levitin, president of GoConference and FreeGoConference Chairman Martin, Time is really running out. For the last 12 months we have been trying the correct and legal way to remedy AT&Ts self help action in stopping the settlement payments to our free conferencing companies. We have spent a lot of time and money with […]

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 […]

Nokia Issues Warning About Bad Batteries

Nokia said Tuesday that millions of its cell phone batteries could potentially overheat. The warning applies to Nokia-branded BL-5C batteries manufactured by Japans Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. Ltd. between December 2005 and November 2006. Matsushita is one of several companies that produce more than 300 million BL-5C batteries. Nokia said 46 million batteries are included […]

Round Table

On the FCCs recent order requiring VoIP services and devices to include access for subscribers with disabilities This accessibility is critical in order to promote the independence of persons with disabilities, participation in our society, and critical access in emergency situations.Jonathan Adelstein, Democratic FCC commissioner We continue to evaluate the remaining obligations including: numbering (access […]

FTC Issues Net Neutrality Report

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday released several guiding principles for policy makers to follow when considering whether to institute net neutrality regulations. The usual suspects issued statements praising the Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy study, which recommended a hands-off approach to governing the Internet. The FTCs Internet Access Task Force said some broadband providers […]

FCC Changes Conditions of AT&T-BellSouth Merger, Issues Order

The FCC has revised the special access conditions it imposed on its approval of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger last year. On Monday, the agency released the order finalizing the $84 billion deal. Commissioners had voted for the AT&T-BellSouth combination on Dec. 29 after much back and forth over competition protections. The order included a […]

Regulatory Track to Address Wireless Broadband, Net Neutrality, More

Even though the telecom reform bill the Bells lobbied so hard for last year never came to fruition, there still is a lot of regulatory activity to look forward to in 2007. The prospect of another rewrite attempt, however, is small. On the other hand, the FCC, Congress and the states are eyeing various issues, […]

Addressing the Channels Hot Issues

By Michael Fair, MarketRace Hello, my name is Michael Fair and I am a founding partner of MarketRace, a channel consulting company based in Denver. I will be a regular participant going forward on the Peer to Peer blog and will be writing about the many things I see in the channel space with regard […]

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