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CompTel, ACTA Agree to Merge

Posted: 01/1999 CompTel, ACTA Agree to Merge By Charlene O’Hanlon and Khali Henderson After years of rumors, failed negotiations and mounting vendor pressure, two of the primary long distance industry groups–The Com-petitive Tele-communications Association (CompTel) and America’s Carriers Telecommunications Association (ACTA)–have signed a letter of intent to combine their memberships. Completion of the merger was […]

FTC Cracks Down as FCC, Industry Issue Anti-Cramming Code

Posted: 09/1998 FTC Cracks Down as FCC, Industry Issue Anti-Cramming Code By Khali Henderson In an effort to curb "cramming," the Federal Communi-cations Commission (FCC) together with local phone companies July 22 issued guidelines to prevent the practice, which involves the billing of charges for programs, products and services subscribers have not knowingly authorized. Release […]

Technically Infeasible Argument Rears Ugly Head … Again

Posted: 09/1998 Technically Infeasible Argument Rears Ugly Head … Again By Russell Frisby Following divestiture in 1984, AT&T Corp. ardently opposed the implementation of equal access conversion, maintaining it was technically infeasible. Fortunately for consumers, the equal access process proceeded. As a result, 98.9 percent of the nation’s lines have been converted to equal access, […]

Stretching the Truth About Broadband Services

Posted: 08/1998 Stretching the Truth About Broadband Services The RBOCs’ Questionable Grasp of Reality By Carol Ann Bischoff Using a broom labeled "Section 706," four of the regional Bell operating companies (RBOCs)–Ameritech Corp., Bell Atlantic Corp., SBC Communications Inc. and US WEST Inc.–are trying to sweep aside key market-opening provisions of the Telecommuni-cations Act of […]

Being There If You’re Not Global

Posted: 02/1998 By Kathleen Franklin The holidays are over. Thanks to El Niqo, there are freak snowstorms in Guadalajara, and, in most of the rest of North America, winter has dug its heels sharply and grimly into the landscape. On the policy front, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 is two years old, and the new […]

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 […]

What’s Fair?

Posted: 10/1997 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 […]

Industry News

Posted: 09/1997 Industry News Click on a heading to read news text… United States Telephone Association Update Executive Talent Hard To Find Access Charge Reform Order Reconsideration Petition U.S. Wholesale Long Distance Revenues Up, ATLANTIC-ACM Reports Bell Atlantic, MCI Link Frame Relay Services Teltrust Prepaid Card Services For Flying J CompTel Salutes James M. Smith […]

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