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CALLS-driven Rates Unrealized

Posted: 01/2001 CALLS-driven Rates Unrealized In the Coalition for Affordable Local and Long Distance Service (CALLS) proposal announced last summer, a promise seemingly was made that consumers would see their rates reduced. The original intent of the CALLS was to re-examine access charges and to work out a fair structure for fees between long-distance and […]

Bottom Line: Moving to Zero-Burden Tax Regime

Posted: 08/2000 Moving to Zero-Burden Tax Regime By George Abi-Esber Telecom services are generally subject to a multitude of transactional taxes as well as complex and burdensome sales and use tax administration systems. In addition to the 45 states (and the District of Columbia), more than 7,500 local jurisdictions impose sales and use taxes. That […]

Regulatory News – Election Year Pressures Create Strife for FCC

Posted:  06/2000 Election Year Pressures Create Strife for FCC By Kim Sunderland FCC members appear to be caught up in election-frenzy politics, and it’s not a pretty sight.Problems surfaced in April, when FCC (www.fcc.gov) Chairman William E. Kennard and Commissioner Gloria Tristani joined President Clinton on the Navajo Reservation in Window Rock, N.M., when he […]

Regulatory News – Competitors Urge Denial of MCI WorldCom-Sprint Merger

Posted:  04/2000 Competitors Urge Denial of MCI WorldCom-Sprint Merger BY KIM SUNDERLAND As two of the nation’s largest IXCs attempt to combine forces in one of the new millennium’s first and biggest telecom mergers, the FCC (www.fcc.gov) prepares to issue its determination of whether the controversial deal benefits the public interest. To hear competitive carriers […]

Desperately Seeking Access Charges Reform

Posted:  02/2000 Desperately Seeking Access Charges Reform BY KIM SUNDERLAND Now that January has come and gone, pressure has hit the boiling point regarding an access charge reform proposal, which would reduce interstate access charges by $5.6 billion annually over the next five years and still deliver on universal service. The Coalition for Affordable Local […]

Coalition Seeks Fast Action on Access ChargeProposal

Posted: 10/1999 Coalition Seeks Fast Action on Access Charge Proposal By Kim Sunderland The newly formed Coalition for Affordable Local and Long Distance Service (CALLS), which has filed a compromise proposal with federal regulators to revise the interstate access charge system, seeks fast-track approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for fear the plan might […]

Slamming Controversy Thickens in Washington

Posted: 07/1999 Slamming Controversy Thickens in Washington By Kim Sunderland Washington’s rising humidity index this month isn’t the only thing making federal legislators hot under the collar. Slamming is pumping up temperatures around Capitol Hill as telecommunications lawmakers attempt to ice down those companies that switch a consumer’s long distance carrier without permission. Most recently, […]

U.S. Efforts to Reduce International Calling Costs Starting to Pay Off

Posted: 10/1998 U.S. Efforts to Reduce International Calling Costs Starting to Pay Off By Carol L. Bowers Notwithstanding the pending lawsuit over the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) attempt to reform international settlement rates last year, the agency is proceeding with an even greater overhaul that it says will benefit consumers worldwide. Regina Keeney, chief of […]

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