regulatory

 

Regulatory News – Court Rules Against FCC on Customer Information

Posted: 11/1999 Court Rules Against FCC on Customer Information By Kim Sunderland The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with Denver-based US WEST Inc. in reviewing the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) order restricting the use, disclosure of and access to customer proprietary network information (CPNI). An appeal is expected. At issue here are […]

Regulatory News – CompTel: Competitors Need Full UNEs List to Survive

Posted: 10/1999 CompTel: Competitors Need Full UNEs List to Survive By Kim Sunderland Unbundled network elements (UNEs) are the lifeblood of many competitors and without the availability of the full and current UNEs list, many of these carriers could suffer dire consequences, according to members of the Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel) In a press briefing […]

Regulatory News – CompTel Protests House Broadband Bill

Posted: 10/1999 CompTel Protests House Broadband Bill By Kim Sunderland The Tauzin-Dingell bill (H.R. 2420) that would deregulate and offer broadband relief to the incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) won’t work, the board of directors for the Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel) says. In a letter of protest sent to Congresswoman Heather A. Wilson, R-N.M., a […]

Regulatory News – Bell InterLATA Approval To Catapult Competition Forward

Posted: 10/1999 Bell InterLATA Approval To Catapult Competition Forward By Kim Sunderland Bell company interLATA (local access and transport area) service approval will be the booster rocket that gets competition off the ground and into orbit, a remarkable event that will change forever the current telecommunications landscape. And once the regulatory restrictions are lifted and […]

Regulatory News – Bell-Friendly Broadband Bills Gain Support on Capitol Hill

Posted: 09/1999 Bell-Friendly Broadband Bills Gain Support on Capitol Hill By Kim Sunderland Both houses of Congress are deeply involved in the broadband issue, with five separate bills being introduced over the summer. It’s a situation that has raised the concern of competitive carriers, which are fearful such legislation actually might pass this year. "The […]

Regulatory News – IXCs, LECs Plot New Access Charges Course

Posted: 09/1999 IXCs, LECs Plot New Access Charges Course By Kim Sunderland Two of the nation’s largest long distance carriers have joined with four local exchange carriers (LECs) on a plan to revamp the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) access charge rules. The proposal, submitted to the FCC in late July, would bring together two usually […]

Regulatory News – IXC Slamming Plan Won’t Work, States Say

Posted: 09/1999 IXC Slamming Plan Won’t Work, States Say By Kim Sunderland An industry-sponsored proposal calling for an independent third-party administrator (TPA) to handle slamming complaints just isn’t feasible, according to state regulators. Companies that slam, or switch a consumer’s long distance or local carrier without permission, are committing deceptive trade practices, which "are illegal," […]

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. […]

Regulatory News – FCC, Bells Agree on Merger Conditions

Posted: 08/1999 FCC, Bells Agree on Merger Conditions By Kim Sunderland Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff has reached agreement with SBC Communications Inc., San Antonio, and Ameritech Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill., that 28 conditions be placed on the Bell companies’ proposed merger. The full commission plans to put out the conditions for public comment, with […]

Regulatory News – Common Carrier Chief Leads the Battles

Posted: 07/1999 Common Carrier Chief Leads the Battles By Kim Sunderland Lawrence E. Strickling has one of the toughest, most exciting and debatably fulfilling positions at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as chief of Common Carrier Bureau (CCB). He’s been at the forefront of the FCC’s efforts to break the broadband speed limit, improve enforcement […]

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