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Commerce Committee Sends McDowells Name to Senate for Confirmation

The Senate Commerce Committee today voted to install Robert M. McDowell as the fifth commissioner at the FCC; the approval was expected, especially after McDowell sailed through his nomination hearing last week. The committee, chaired by Republican Ted Stevens of Alaska, has sent McDowells name to the full Senate for confirmation, although it is not […]

No Surprises in McDowell FCC Confirmation Hearing

Robert M. McDowell looks to be a shoo-in for fifth commissioners seat at the FCC. The Senate Commerce Committee today held a brief hearing on McDowells nomination and Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, said he plans to take McDowells name to the full Senate on March 16 for full confirmation. One of the committees biggest concerns […]

Boucher Predicts 55% Chance of New Telecom Laws This Session

Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., said this morning there is a 55 percent chance the 109th Congress will sign a new telecom bill into law before convening in the summer. If legislation does not pass, he said, at least the work were doing now is fundamentally important. Boucher serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee […]

Stevens Asks NARUC Members to Rethink Intercarrier Comp Reform Strategy

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, today outlined the topics he hopes to address in a likely rewrite of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and called on National Association of Regulatory Utility (NARUC) members to reconsider their proposals for reform of intercarrier compensation rules. Stevens chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, which is spearheading a telecom rewrite […]

FCC Investigates Phone-Records Theft, Sens. Introduce Bill

With the problem of identity theft running amuck, the FCC now is looking into reports of people using consumers Social Security numbers and other valuable information to steal wireless and wireline phone records. The thieves accomplish this by calling a carrier and pretending to be the consumer they are targeting. The so-called data brokers then […]

TELECOM REFORM HITS SNAG

TELECOM POLICY REFORM IN Washington this fall took a sudden turn in the direction of deep quagmire as House backers of new pro-Bell legislation stirred howls of protest across a wide spectrum of affected parties, including some who had been supportive of earlier legislative efforts. [Bartons bill] would create gatekeepers for the internet with negative […]

Senate Committee Grills FCC Nominees

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today heard testimony in favor of two FCC nominees, and wrapped up questioning in hopes the Senate will confirm Democrat Michael J. Copps and Republican Deborah T. Tate before Congress breaks for the holidays. Copps already serves on the FCC. If he is re-appointed, his term will not […]

New Draft of House Telecom Bill Breaks Spirit of Bipartisanship

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committees subcommittee on telecommunications today continued its push for telecom reform as Republicans offered up a revised draft version of legislation that drew heavy fire from leading Democrats. Subcommittee chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) hailed the second draft of the Broadband Internet Transmission Services (BITS) Act as a bipartisan accomplishment. […]

COMPTEL Forms Program Advisory Committee, Announces Members

COMPTEL today announced the inaugural members of its new Program Advisory Committee, which will work with the association to develop educational content for the Spring 2006 COMPTEL Convention & Expo. Program Advisory Committee members include Karen Campagna, senior manager, Cisco Systems Inc.; Khali Henderson, group editor, PHONE+, xchange and New Telephony magazines; Susan OKeefe, publisher, […]

Bell-Friendly Policy Rewrite to Face Critics

Intensifying support for telecom policy reform in Washington points to a sweeping revision of the rules that could go well beyond what the courts and the FCC have done previously to strengthen the competitive positions of the largest players. In both houses of Congress, leaders on telecom policy are pushing legislation that in effect rewrites […]

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