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New Rules and Regulations on DAC … Again

Posted: 12/2003 New Rules and Regulations on DAC … Again By Tara Seals The latest chapter in the ongoing story of dialaround compensation (DAC) unfolded Sept. 30, when the FCC handed down new rules concerning the compensation of payphone service providers (PSPs) for coinless calls. This time the order targets switch-based resellers, whose ranks include […]

Prepaid Section: It Ain’t Over

Posted: 03/2002 It Ain’t Over Despite FCC Victory, Prepaid Industry Still Faces DAC Challenges By Kim SunderlandThe fight on dial-around compensation (DAC) continues, with the prepaid industry now facing implementation struggles following the most recent FCC ruling.“The battle isn’t over,” executive director of the International Prepaid Commu-nications Association (IPCA) Howard Segermark laments. “IPCA remains active […]

Regulatory News – FCC’s Payphone Payment Plan Stands

Posted:  09/2000 FCC’s Payphone Payment Plan Stands By Kim Sunderland The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (www.ca11.uscourts.gov) has upheld the FCC’s (www.fcc.gov) “Per Call Compensation Plan” rate calculation of 24 cents per call.The ruling effectively resolves challenges to the FCC’s third order on this issue, which last year developed and adjusted […]

Collection Challenge Stymies Payphone Potential

Posted: 09/2000 Collection Challenge Stymies Payphone Potential By Vincent Sandusky Someday soon, almost everyone, from mainstream consumers to high-end businesspeople, will have the opportunity to fulfill nearly any telecommunications need, from buying a movie ticket to participating in a videoconference, just about anywhere. And they will be able to do this with a high-tech device […]

Regulatory News – Frontier Won’t Let Dead Dogs Lie; Appeals Ruling

Posted:  06/2000 Frontier Won’t Let Dead Dogs Lie; Appeals Ruling By Kim Sunderland Frontier Communications Services Inc. (www.frontiercorp.com) filed an appeal with a Washington federal court seeking to overturn an FCC (www.fcc.gov) decision that could cost the IXC tens of millions of dollars.Frontier wants the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (www.cadc.uscourts.gov) to […]

Industry News – APCC Puts ‘Dead’ Card Drive in High Gear

Posted: 06/2000 APCC Puts ‘Dead’ Card Drive in High Gear BY KHALI HENDERSON In its ongoing effort “to catch a thief,” the American Public Communications Council Inc. (APCC, www.apcc.net) planned to step up collection of “dead” phone cards with a campaign to amass 2,000 cards during its May trade show in Las Vegas.APCC urged members […]

Dial-Around Compensation Services Arrive for Both Sides of the Coin

Posted: 02/1999 Dial-Around Compensation Services Arrive for Both Sides of the Coin By Jennifer Knapp Dial-around compensation (DAC)–the reimbursement of payphone service providers (PSPs) for dial-around and toll-free calls placed at a payphone–has been a reality for more than two years. While the Federal Communica-tions Commission (FCC) has determined how much–28.4 cents–carriers and calling card […]

Payphone Providers Need to Get Smart

Posted: 12/1998 Payphone Providers Need to Get Smart By Peter Meade and Jennifer Knapp Here’s one call that the payphone industry better answer: Improve your products and marketing strategies or the next–and many of the subsequent–calls will be made using wireless telephones. By 2004, more than one-third of the U.S. population will be carrying wireless […]

Unfair At Any Price?

Posted: 12/1997 Unfair At Any Price? The Continuing Struggle Over Payphone Compensation By Kathleen Franklin Payphones are not a particularly sexy issue unless you associate them with Clark Kent’s famous phone booth costume changes. Nevertheless, in two rulings issued in early October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided two important issues that will have a […]

What’s Fair?

Posted: 11/1997 What’s Fair? FCC Ponders Payphone Compensation Rules in Wake of Court Remand "Fair’s fair," as the old saying goes. That’s not a very enlightening definition in any context. Fortunately, the circularity of this definition isn’t enough to support policy arguments. Unfortunately, federal regulators continue to struggle over trying to figure out what’s fair […]

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