The FCC has appointed its newest commissioner, Deborah T. Tate, as the new chairman of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service and the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations. Former commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy, who left the FCC in December, previously led the Universal Service board; Michael Powell, former FCC chairman, headed the jurisdictional […]
Ohios Public Utilities Commission today approved SBC Communications Inc.s takeover of AT&T Corp. The Arizona Corporation Commission also is expected to act on the merger today and the California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to vote on the issue Nov. 18. Ohio PUC commissioners decided the merger is entirely consistent with the thrust of telecommunications […]
Unable to clinch full consensus for two looming megamergers, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin on Friday kept having to delay the scheduled monthly meeting as he negotiated with commissioners regarding the combinations of SBC Communications Inc. and AT&T Corp., and Verizon Communications Inc. and MCI Inc. The FCC finally postponed the meeting until Monday, saying only […]
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin may face an uphill road implementing telecommunications policies during the rest of the year as he wrestles with major issues without a Republican majority.
The FCC once again has extended the deadline requiring VoIP service providers to get acknowledgement from subscribers that they might not have access to E911 calling. The commission in August had threatened to cut off subscribers who had not responded, but changed that deadline to Sept. 29. Yesterday, the group said VoIP providers now have […]
In early August FCC commissioners agreed to deregulate DSL access a move that was foreshadowed just weeks earlier when the Supreme Court ruled against Brand X Internet LLC, freeing cable companies from network-sharing requirements sought by the ISP. In a widely anticipated move, the FCC on Aug. 5 reclassified wireline broadband providers as information services. […]
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin on Tuesday said he would propose requiring Internet-based phone providers to deliver emergency 911 services, Reuters reported. After discussing the issue during a House subcommittee hearing, Martin told reporters he planned to offer a proposal to the other FCC commissioners so they could vote on the item in May, the news […]
THE OUTCOME OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WILL INFLUENCE THE MAKEUP OF THE FCC AT A TIME WHEN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE STRUGGLING TO IMPLEMENT TELECOMMUNICATIONS RULES THAT PROMOTE SOCIAL GOALS, SUCH AS MAINTAINING AFFORDABLE PHONE SERVICE AND ADVANCING HIGH-SPEED INTERNET COVERAGE, WHILE NOT HAMPERING INVESTMENT. John Kerry photo courtesy of Sen. Kerry’s office. George Bush photo […]
Posted: 2/2004 Stepping Up Enforcement FCC Commissioners Call on Regulator to Extend 271 Compliance Reviews By Josh Long One of the biggest regulatory battles of the last seven years ended in December when Qwest Communications International Inc. was granted FCC approval to offer long-distance phone and data services in Arizona. All four Bells have authority […]
Posted: 5/2003 Overheard… "$6 million to this ILEC is lunch money." –Consumer advocate Kathleen O’Reilly at a conference in Washington D.C. hosted by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, on the Federal Communications Commission fining SBC Communications Inc. $6 million last year for violating a condition of its merger with Ameritech. It was the […]
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