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Congress Sure to Revisit ’96 Act in 2005, Panelists Say

A serious review of the 1996 Telecommunications Act in the next Congress was a virtual certainty, according to key professional staff members from both the House of Representatives and the Senate during an appearance before the ALTS 2004 Business and Policy Conference this week. They said legislation likely would not occur until the second session, […]

Congress Likely to Support Telecom Reform

The incoming chairmen of communications committees within the 109th Congress are likely to support reform of telecommunications law in 2005 no matter whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) last fall expressed hope Congress may revisit the Telecommunications Act of […]

Senate Looks to Reform Telecom Law

The U.S. Senate has kicked off a series of hearings as part of a comprehensive effort to reform federal telecommunications law. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, said in April he will introduce a bill later this year to reform telecom law. The Commerce, Science & […]

Rewriting the Telecom Act

Washington is buzzing that beginning next year Congress may attempt to write a comprehensive telecommunications act. The explosion of Internet-based phone service, some insiders say, has prompted the congressional discourse as regulators, academics and other observers hold to the philosophy that federal law has not kept pace with technology. “I think for the first time […]

CLECs Accuse Bigger Rivals of Possibly Violating Laws to Win Lobbying War

The Bells dont hide their position that they are burdened with far too many phone and Internet rules during an era of vibrant competition. They are lobbying powerhouses before Congress, the FCC and state regulators among other government agencies to demand further deregulation of the market. But some of their rivals allege the countrys biggest […]

CLECs to Fed: Preserve Network Access

Posted: 2/2004 CLECs to Fed: Preserve Network Access By Josh Long Executives of telecommunications providers competing with the nations biggest phone companies met in December with Bush administration officials and FCC commissioners to relay a message: The competitive market Congress envisioned seven years ago is vibrant, and regulators must preserve the rules granting local phone […]

The Analyst Corner – The Business Value in Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance

The Business Value in Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance By Rob Daly, President & CEO of Bluespring Software No doubt, most public communications service providers are scrambling towards the looming June 15 deadline for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, as required by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Teams have been formed, processes have been documented and internal controls […]

Phone Companies Ask Congress to Open Antitrust Probe

Nearly two dozen telecommunications providers on Friday asked Congress to open a probe investigating whether the country’s biggest local phone companies violated antitrust laws by plotting an enormous lobbying campaign with equipment makers to deregulate the market. “Indeed, this secret campaign appears to raise fundamental issues relating to antitrust law and specifically, whether it is […]

Round Table

Posted: 4/2003 …ON THE FCC’S RULING ON BROADBAND "[S]mall businesses should be disappointed by the commission’s decision to alter the deregulatory framework governing broadband services by the Bell monopolies. We believe that the provision will lead to higher DSL service prices and less broadband availability for small business customers." –Karen Kerrigan, chairman, Small Business Survival […]

108th Congress Unlikely to Push Controversial Telecom Bills

Posted: 1/2003 108th Congress Unlikely to Push Controversial Telecom Bills By Josh Long THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION and the Republican-controlled Congress will focus on key issues such as homeland security and the economy during the 108th Congress and are unlikely to push any other issues, including telecom legislation, experts told a recent press briefing hosted by […]

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