relief

 

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint Update Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

America’s big carriers report progress in the efforts to restore service after Sandy. They’re also donating money to the Red Cross and are helping customers in the affected areas with bill-payment extensions and charging stations for those still without power.

Americans Texting Millions of Dollars to Haiti

Cell-phone users in the U.S. have found a way to help victims of that massive earthquake in Haiti. As of Thursday afternoon, American texters had donated more than $4 million to the Red Cross. All they’ve had to do is text “Haiti” to the number 90999 and $10 is added to their mobile phone bill. […]

FCC Gives AT&T Partial Forbearance Relief

The FCC late Thursday night partially granted AT&T Inc.s petition for forbearance from rules governing its commercial broadband services. Perhaps of greatest concern to CLECs is that AT&T can price its commercial broadband services as it sees fit and not share those rates with providers using its networks. The FCC issued a statement just minutes […]

Qwest Again Pushes for Forbearance; CLECs Ask FCC for Rules

Qwest Communications International Inc. this week re-filed its controversial forbearance request for relief from last-mile broadband connection rules. The filing came nearly a week after Qwest withdrew its original petition because the FCC couldnt reach a consensus on the matter during its monthly meeting. Qwest submitted its new request a day after a group of […]

FCC Shelves Forbearance Petitions at Monthly Meeting

After hours of delay, the FCC at its monthly meeting decided late Tuesday it wouldnt address several telco forbearance petitions on its plate. That gives commissioners another month to deliberate over the requests. The agency also pressured Qwest Communications International Inc. to withdraw its petition for relief from last-mile broadband connection rules at least temporarily. […]

Forbearance Frenzy

When the FCC early last year relieved Verizon Communications Inc. of broadband services regulations, the agency essentially invited a crush of me too forbearance petitions from the LECs. Many of those pleas come up for a vote or time extension this summer. The additional three months is more than likely to be imposed. That would […]

Qwest Now a One-Stop Shop

Qwest Communications International Inc. has become the first Bell under the 1996 Telecom Act allowed to combine local and long-distance operations in its territory. Qwest says the relief granted by the FCC means it will save money and improve customer service. Critics fear the company will use its new status to raise prices. The FCC […]

CLECs, COMPTEL Urge FCC to Dismiss Verizon Petition

Several companies and associations are urging the FCC to reject Verizon Communications Inc.s petition for regulatory relief in several of its Northeastern markets. Broadview Networks, Covad Communications Group, NuVox Communications and XO Communications are some of the competitive providers asking the FCC to dismiss Verizons petition. COMPTEL has filed similar comments. Among other arguments, opponents […]

FCC Opened Forbearance Floodgate

IT WAS NEARLY ONE YEAR ago when a two-two tie at the Federal Communications Commission on whether to grant or deny a forbearance petition by Verizon Communications Inc. resulted in the Bell company receiving sweeping relief from federal and state regulation of its high-capacity broadband voice and data services. The commissions action was irresponsible, and […]

Qwest, AT&T Seek Forbearance From Some Broadband Services Rules

Qwest Communications International Inc. and AT&T Inc. are asking the FCC for forbearance from having certain rules applied to their broadband services. Qwest said its request does not apply to the broadband services it offers as part of its Internet access service. AT&T said its appeal addresses its non-TDM broadband services offered by it and […]

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