ATIS Hands out Annual Awards

The Alliance for Telecommunications Solutions (ATIS) today announced the winners of its annual awards program, recognizing industry subject matter experts for their contributions to telecommunications standards development and support of ATIS committees and forums. The professionals and standards experts that make up ATIS 23 standards committees and forums are among the most talented and dedicated […]

ATIS Releases Service Migration Guidelines

ATIS, a technical planning and standards development organization, today released its Local Service Migration Guidelines, Issue 2, a reference to help state regulators and telecom carriers manage the transfer of customers from one service provider to another. Issue 2 includes guidelines for service migration between wireline and wireless service providers, as well as migration scenarios […]

Six Join CompTIA Convergence Certification Development Effort

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) announced today six companies have lent their initial support to the development of a base-level convergence certification program. Speaking at the associations annual conference, Ed Migut, director of CompTIAs Convergence Group, says these companies will form the cornerstone committee that will develop content, testing and a channel adoption plan […]

Caucus Calls on Lawmakers to Protect Rural Interests in Telecom Reform

In support of small phone companies and consumers in rural America, more than 60 members of the House of Representatives signed a letter outlining principles Congress should adopt when reforming telecommunications law. The principles endorsed by the Congressional Rural Caucus called on lawmakers to preserve federal subsidies that support nationwide telecom services at affordable rates […]

House Moves Ahead with Telecom Legislation

The House of Representatives held four hearings through the first four months of the year on telecommunications developments and planned to introduce legislation as early as late May to reform a law that is nearly a decade old. In the hearings, Rep. Joe Barton, the Texas Republican chairing the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, […]

Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Prohibit Internet Taxation

Congress has introduced legislation affecting a federal excise tax on phone bills dating back to the Spanish- American War in 1898. One bill introduced by the Senate would prohibit the 3 percent tax on phone service from being extended to Internet access while a piece of legislation at the House of Representatives would repeal the […]

VoIP 911 Bill Sets Stage for FCC Action

A bill introduced today in the Congress of the United States sets the stage and provides necessary legal support for the regulatory actions that the FCC is expected to take at its regular meeting tomorrow, May 19, in Washington, D.C. The bill, the IP-Enabled Voice Communications and Public Safety Act of 2005, introduced by Rep. […]

Members OK CompTel/ASCENT, ALTS Merger

The members of CompTel/ASCENT and the Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS) voted last week to approve the merger of the two organizations. The merger, which will be completed March 1, combines more than 350 companies in support of the development and deployment of competitive communications networks and services for consumers and businesses. CompTel/ASCENT on […]

Barton, Other Congressmen Support Telecom Megamergers

Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill expressed support Wednesday for the giant mergers developing in the U.S. telecommunications industry. The broad public interest is well served by the mergers, said U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., during a hearing before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, chairman of the committee, also signaled […]

Competitive Industry Groups to Merge

As the competitive telecom services industry seeks to marshal its forces under increasing pressure from changing regulations, the two remaining organizations with CLEC memberships have announced their intentions to merge. CompTel/ASCENT on Dec. 3 announced plans to merge with the Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS) - the third such combination for the group over the […]

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