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Proposed Interim Cap First Step in USF Overhaul

High in Missouris northeastern corner, in a pocket perhaps best known for guided deer and turkey hunts, managers of a local telephone cooperative are keeping an eye on federal Universal Service Fund (USF) reform efforts. The 55-year-old Mark Twain Rural Telephone Co. serves 4,500 subscribers across eight counties, and its costs are about four times […]

Federal Lawmakers Introduce USF Reform Act

Congressional Reps. Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Lee Terry, R-Neb., have introduced a bill to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF). Boucher and Terry on Thursday released the text of their bill, the Universal Service Reform Act of 2007. They are members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees telecom. The bill proposes to […]

Brightpoint to Acquire CellStar

Mobile phone distributor Brightpoint Inc. is buying rival distributor CellStar Corp. for $88 million in cash. The deal applies to CellStars assets and liabilities in its U.S. operations and the Miami-based division that targets Latin America. None of CellStar’s operations in Mexico and Chile, or any other businesses are included in the acquisition. The transaction, […]

FCC Again Delays Decision on AT&T-BellSouth Merger

The FCC late Thursday said it would not consider the pending $80 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. at its Nov. 3 meeting. Three weeks earlier, on Oct. 13, the agency also had delayed consideration of the matter. Thursdays notice came as little surprise to the industry; speculation had run rampant all week that […]

FCC Cancels October Meeting on Proposed Merger

The FCC on Friday afternoon canceled its meeting to discuss, and most likely vote on, the pending AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger. An FCC spokesman said only that Democratic Commissioners Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein had requested reviews of the mergers requirements, with Chairman Kevin J. Martin responding in a letter and postponing the […]

House Committee Says No to Net Neutrality

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday struck down the so-called Markey Amendment in the proposed Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act (COPE), also known as the Barton-Rush Act. The provision offered by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., would have ensured net neutrality requirements, but was voted down 34-22 during mark-up procedures on the bill. […]

LINX Debuts Peering Review Software

The London Internet Exchange (LINX), one of the world’s largest exchange points, said today that ISPs and NSPs can explore in advance the business advantages of peering through an Internet exchange point. LINX and solutions partner Renesys Corp. have launched LINX Peering Professional, a peering review software tool that enables a prospective new member of LINX […]

8 Tips for Transitioning to IP Telephony

There is much to consider when planning for an IP telephony deployment  from business requirements, to product evaluation and vendor selection, etc. However, there are many process issues that will require some effort and attention regardless of the product or vendor selected. This article contains a brief list of issues that are typically overlooked, […]

DOJ Clears Verizon-MCI Merger

The US. Department of Justice today cleared the way for Verizon Communications Inc. to buy MCI Inc. and the FCC is expected to vote on the combination tomorrow. The departments Antitrust Division filed civil lawsuits today in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. to block the proposed acquisition, but the proposed settlements it attached would […]

Qwest Settlement Agreement with Arizona Regulator Expected in Fall

The Arizona Corporation Commission is expected to vote sometime in the fall whether to approve a $20 million settlement agreement resolving allegations that Qwest Communications International Inc. cut secret agreements with rivals and failed to implement new wholesale phone rates. Qwest reached a proposed agreement with the state utility regulator late last month. A conference […]

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