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FCC Shelves Forbearance Petitions at Monthly Meeting

After hours of delay, the FCC at its monthly meeting decided late Tuesday it wouldnt address several telco forbearance petitions on its plate. That gives commissioners another month to deliberate over the requests. The agency also pressured Qwest Communications International Inc. to withdraw its petition for relief from last-mile broadband connection rules at least temporarily. […]

Open Airwaves

The FCC veered from its recent pro-bigbusiness course in July when it approved rules that will, in part, foster innovation and bring new players to the broadband wireless market. At their monthly meeting, commissioners laid out the requirements for the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction. The bandwidth will open up in early 2009 as TV broadcasters […]

FCC Releases Rules for 700MHz Spectrum Auction

The FCC on Tuesday veered from its recent pro-big-business course when it approved rules that will, in part, foster innovation and bring new players to the broadband wireless market. In their monthly meeting, commissioners laid out the requirements for the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction. The bandwidth will open up in early 2009 as TV broadcasters […]

Policy Then & Now

FCC ISSUES THEN: Much of the FCCs actions 20 years ago centered on the Fairness Doctrine. According to an archive article from Time magazine, the agency contended that government regulation had a chilling effect on TV and discouraged the free discussion of public issues. NOW: The FCC spent much of 2006 embroiled in megamerger debates […]

USTelecom Congratulates Chairman Martin on His Senate Confirmation

The following statement is from Walter B. McCormick Jr., president & CEO of USTelecom: We congratulate Chairman Martin on his confirmation and look forward to his continued role at the helm of the FCC. With so many pressing issues before the Commission, we appreciate the Chairmans leadership and vision for a vibrant, market-based communications industry. […]

FCC Rejects Fones4All Petition

Advocates of the competitive telecom industry are decrying the FCCs denial of Fones4Alls year-old petition for relief from rules stemming from the Triennial Review and Remand Order (TRRO). Late last week, the FCC turned down the CLECs request that it be able to more easily access incumbents network elements, so it could provide subsidized basic […]

Clock Ticks on Telecom Reform

MORE THAN A YEAR AFTER Congress set out to update the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the likelihood that a new law will emerge this Congressional session is in doubt. Efforts at reform have been spearheaded on both the House and Senate, with the House first to pass a bill the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement (COPE) […]

ROUND TABLE

    ROUND TABLE Posted: 07/2006 Rob McDowell … On the Senates confirmation in May of COMPTEL lawyer Robert McDowell as the FCCs third Republican … Robs expertise and experience will be an asset to the commission … The FCC will be required to implement portions of our communications bill, and it is essential it […]

McDowell Sworn in as Fifth FCC Commissioner

The FCC on Thursday became officially rounded out when Chairman Kevin J. Martin swore in the groups fifth member and third Republican, Robert M. McDowell. McDowells term runs until June 30, 2009. McDowell comes to the FCC from COMPTEL, the association that represents competitive carriers. He served as a lawyer for the organization since early […]

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