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Committee Sends CPNI Bill to Full Senate

The Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday voted to approve the Protecting Consumer Phone Records Act, which prevents companies and individuals from fraudulently obtaining consumers private phone records in a practice known as pretexting. The measure now goes to the full Senate for consideration. The act covers wireless, wireline and IP telephony services, and makes it […]

Nuvio Requests Stay of E911 Deadline

VoIP provider Nuvio Corp. said yesterday it has filed a motion with the FCC for a stay of the Nov. 28 deadline requiring VoIP service providers to have E911. Nuvio requested the FCC to stay a portion of its order until a nationwide solution is available to service providers. The company in August filed an […]

Expo Debut Draws Record Crowds

Channel Partners Expo veterans and newcomers alike packed the sold-out show floor during the expo halls opening reception Monday night, sponsored by PHONE+. The evening cocktail party featured more than 125 exhibitors, who conversed with partners and fellow vendors and carriers, as the first jam-packed day of sessions and seminars came to a close. Close […]

FCC to Open Proceeding on VoIP Regulation

FCC Chairman Michael Powell has announced plans to look at how to regulate Internet-based phone companies such as Vonage Holdings Corp. and 8×8 Inc. “We have actually the accelerated the timetable on this” notice of public rulemaking, said FCC spokesman Richard Diamond Friday. In recent months, state public service commissions have started investigating how to […]

Regulatory News – FCC Reviews SBC’s Project Pronto

Posted: 12/2000 FCC Reviews SBC’s Project Pronto By Kim Sunderland Competitive telecom carriers have prevailed in getting the FCC (www.fcc.gov) to reconsider aspects of SBC Communications Inc.’s (www.sbc.com) separate affiliate for broadband, Project Pronto. In September, the commission approved changes in conditions set for the SBC-Ameritech merger. Those changes allow for SBC to deploy its Project […]

Not Necessarily News

Posted: 12/2000 Overheard … … in his keynote address before CompTel in San Francisco … "The time for hype is over. … Customers are feeling that they have a better chance of finding a gold nugget in their backyard than they do of actually having a ‘killer app’ that lives up to its promise." –Richard […]

Regulatory News – FCC Updates Record on CICs

Posted:  07/2000 FCC Updates Record on CICs By Kim Sunderland he FCC (www.fcc.gov) again is set to decide on a proposal requiring resellers to obtain carrier identification codes (CICs), a testy threat that’s plagued the resale industry for years.This spring, the commission repeated its CIC request, asking the telecom industry to refresh its longstanding record […]

Opcenter: Value-based IP Billing Prompts Standards Debate

Posted: 04/2000 Value-based IP Billing Prompts Standards Debate By Peter Lambert Converged telecommunications services billing stands on the verge of radical changes this year. Service providers face the tantalizing prospect of measuring and charging for every bit, byte and onscreen click that occurs within the Internet-based services they offer.Yet the question of which methods to […]

Lessons Learned from the State "271"Process

Posted: 08/1999 Lessons Learned from the State "271" Process By Andrew O. Isar Few things are as easy as they first seem, or so the adage goes. More than three years after the Telecommunications Act of 1996 became law, no regional Bell operating company (RBOC) has entered the long distance market in its local territory. […]

Business News – Atlas Taps Nortel for Switches, Equinox for Back-Office

Posted: 07/1999 Atlas Taps Nortel for Switches, Equinox for Back-Office Atlas Communications Ltd., Blue Bell, Pa., has selected Nortel Networks to provide advanced international switching systems that will serve as the basis for Atlas’ U.S. network. Atlas has installed a Nortel Networks DMS-Global Services Platform in Newark, N.J., and plans to install two additional switches […]

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