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FCC Planning Wholesale Rate Freeze

The FCC is planning to freeze for six months the wholesale phone rates telecommunications companies such as Talk America and MCI pay to BellSouth Corp., Qwest Communications International Inc., SBC Communications Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. charge for access to their local networks after a federal appeals court rejected contentious rules the commission released last […]

Fight Moves to UNE-L

By The FCC rules have expired and CLECs worry the cost of providing businesses phone and data services may rise significantly, CompTel/ASCENT, the Washington D.C. trade group, warns in a study it released. CompTel/ASCENT released a study in late June claiming the demise of the federal rules could cost small and medium-sized businesses about $4.9 […]

Resale is a Real Business

Posted: 7/2004 Resale is a Real Business As I write this, it’s just a few hours before the network-sharing rules issued in the FCC’s Triennial Review Order last August are vacated. It’s the beginning of the end for UNE-P - a platform that has supported the entry of competitive local service providers over the past several […]

Lose Some, Win Some

It’s nearly D-Day. At press time it’s only a month away from the date that could change the CLEC landscape forever. The extended stay of a court ruling overturning portions of the FCC’s Triennial Review Order was expected to end June 15. The court said the FCC was not authorized to delegate rulemaking authority to […]

Game Over for UNE-P?

To say that CLECs have had a difficult time would be an understatement by anyone’s standards. Following meteoric rises in valuation on the heels of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, stock market declines and restricted market penetration led to a shakeout that ultimately left standing fewer than 80 of the 330 CLECs that were operating […]

Interconnection Renegotiations Seen Bearing Little Fruit

As the clock winds down to the day FCC rules are slated to expire, telecommunications providers have cut few agreements to lease the regional Bell networks. That begs the question: If new agreements are not reached by June 15, will the biggest local phone companies honor or declare void existing interconnection agreements? Or as Brad […]

The Longest Mexican Standoff

I don’t know how long the lengthiest Mexican standoff lasted, but the Bell companies must be giving the recordholder a run for his money. It is now 20 years since divestiture and eight years since the Telecom Act of 1996, and the RBOCs have not encroached on each other’s territories, opting instead to merge with […]

Competitors Criticize Powell’s Proposal

The competitive local phone industry is irate. FCC Chairman Michael Powell has proposed that local phone companies enter 30 days of talks with the regional Bells to negotiate wholesale rates following a federal court decision that marked a victory for BellSouth Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. AT&T Corp. was among scores of phone companies to […]

Powell’s Proposal Criticized By Competitors

The competitive local phone industry is irate. FCC Chairman Michael Powell has proposed local phone companies enter 30 days of talks with the regional Bells to negotiate wholesale rates following a federal court decision that marked a victory for the likes of BellSouth Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. AT&T Corp. was among scores of phone […]

Triennial Review Goes to Appeals Court

Posted: 3/2004 Triennial Review Goes to Appeals Court By Josh Long Local phone companies expressed a sigh of relief last year when the FCC voted to let states decide whether to preserve phone rules allowing AT&T Corp. and smaller telcos to lease the regional Bell networks at discounted rates. But a federal appeals court has […]

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