Forbearance Frenzy

Forbearance Frenzy When the FCC early last year relieved Verizon Communications Inc. of broadband services regulations, the agency essentially invited a crush of me too forbearance petitions from the LECs. Many of those pleas come up for a vote or time extension this summer. The additional three months is more than likely to be imposed.

BSGs Bill2Phone Gives Internet Surfers Purchasing Alternative

Telecom clearinghouse BSG Clearing Solutions (BSG) has devised a way to overcome consumer reluctance to provide credit card information over the Internet. On Monday, the company introduced Bill2Phone, a payment method that lets landline subscribers charge digital content Web purchases to their telephone bills. The interface looks like the typical online credit card form it […]

Mirapoint Powers Three New LECs With Hosted E-mail

Three new LECs have selected Mirapoint to power their e-mail and e-mail security services, Mirapoint announced at the TelecomNEXT show. BEK Communications Cooperative, Quality Technology Services and TelAlaska are using Mirapoints secure messaging appliances to provide hosted e-mail and e-mail security services to their business customers. Mirapoints messaging appliances enable service providers to take advantage […]

Pushing the LEC Envelope

Posted: 10/2002 Pushing the LEC Envelope Third-party Clearing Evolves into Specialty Billing Service By Khali Henderson IN THE EARLY DAYS OF TELECOM COMPETITION when end users were resistant to change, inclusion of their call records on a LEC bill was pay dirt for startup competitive providers. It was an economical way to invoice and collect […]

National Number Database Launched

Posted: 10/2002 National Number Database Launched By Paula Bernier and Khali Henderson Intrado Inc. turned up the new National Repository Line Level Database, which tracks what service provider each phone number belongs to, last month. Although the launch was met with little fanfare, its impact is expected to be significant. Called intelliBase NRLLDB, the service […]

Regulatory News – FCC Updates Record on CICs

Posted:  07/2000 FCC Updates Record on CICs By Kim Sunderland he FCC (www.fcc.gov) again is set to decide on a proposal requiring resellers to obtain carrier identification codes (CICs), a testy threat that’s plagued the resale industry for years.This spring, the commission repeated its CIC request, asking the telecom industry to refresh its longstanding record […]

Pay Phone Market Embraces Initiatives to Spark Rebirth

Posted: 05/2000 Pay Phone Market Embraces Initiatives to Spark Rebirth An Endangered Species? By John S. Bain Some major events may be in the offing for the pay phone industry, which, if successful, would send a message to practitioners and investors not to write this business off just yet.As expected, the industry’s potential may be […]

Regulatory News – CompTel Protests House Broadband Bill

Posted: 10/1999 CompTel Protests House Broadband Bill By Kim Sunderland The Tauzin-Dingell bill (H.R. 2420) that would deregulate and offer broadband relief to the incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) won’t work, the board of directors for the Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel) says. In a letter of protest sent to Congresswoman Heather A. Wilson, R-N.M., a […]

Regulatory News – IXCs, LECs Plot New Access Charges Course

Posted: 09/1999 IXCs, LECs Plot New Access Charges Course By Kim Sunderland Two of the nation’s largest long distance carriers have joined with four local exchange carriers (LECs) on a plan to revamp the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) access charge rules. The proposal, submitted to the FCC in late July, would bring together two usually […]

Carrier Channel: IXCs: Don’t Let DA Slip Away

Posted: 05/1999 IXCs: Don’t Let DA Slip Away By Larry Butler Since 1964, consumers have dialed 411 for local directory assistance (DA) and NPA-555-1212 for numbers outside their local area. This approach has worked reasonably well for years, but no longer. Multiple local exchange carriers (LECs) and number portability are among the reasons that a […]

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