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… On whats on the regulatory horizon for 2007. The USF, and continued mergers and acquisitions will dominate the regulatory landscape. The map is getting reconfigured.Blair Levin, Stifel Nicolaus analyst The focus will shift from Congress to the FCC, where USF and intercarrier compensation reform will take center stage. The Missoula Plan, shaped in part […]

FCC Rejects Fones4All Petition

Advocates of the competitive telecom industry are decrying the FCCs denial of Fones4Alls year-old petition for relief from rules stemming from the Triennial Review and Remand Order (TRRO). Late last week, the FCC turned down the CLECs request that it be able to more easily access incumbents network elements, so it could provide subsidized basic […]

Soap Box

AS CHIEF COUNSEL AND LEGISLATIVE director for Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, in the mid-90s, I and my colleagues on the Hill worked tirelessly negotiating and drafting key provisions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that would spur competition and innovation. Congress laid the groundwork for the FCC to implement pro-competitive and pro-consumer policies. Pioneering upstarts were […]

Federal Judge Rules Warrantless Wiretapping Unconstitutional

A federal judge on Thursday declared the governments warrantless wiretapping program unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor also ordered an immediate halt to the surveillance by the National Security Agency, the Associated Press and other media reported. Taylor, a judge in Detroit, is the first to shoot down the governments efforts to listen in […]

FCC Issues NPRM on 700MHz Band

The FCC this week adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would change rules governing wireless licenses in the 698MHz to746MHz, 747MHz to 762MHz and 777MHz to792MHz spectrum bands, which could be used for WiMAX and other so-called 4G technologies down the road. These portions of the 700MHz band are set aside for commercial […]

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 […]

Appeals Court Upholds FCC Decision

Federal regulators won a victory late last week when a U.S. appeals court upheld the FCCs latest network unbundling rules. The 1996 Telecommunications Act required ILECs to lease parts of their networks to competitors at government-mandated wholesale prices. In December 2004, the FCC rescinded those requirements as Bell companies complained the rules went too far […]

CCH Tackles Form 1041 in Audio Conference

Navigating Form 1041 and the Upcoming Storm will be the subject of a live, 100-minute audio conference to be held Tuesday, May 23, at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The conference will be presented by CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business and provider of tax information, software and services for telecom and other industries. Robert Barnhill, […]

ROUND TABLE

… On reports of data brokers selling wireline and wireless phone records to anyone on the Web, and governments subsequent reactions, including the introduction of a Senate bill designed to prosecute people who sell phone records, and the FCCs launch of an investigation into the matter. The reported abuses highlight the critical need to protect […]

IP Changes Rules of Interconnect Game

SINCE INTERCONNECTION accounts for a large portion of expenses and revenue for traditional wholesale carriers, the game of keeping these systems up-to-date and reducing complexity is well-known and played often. But as voice margins decline, operators are looking to deploy IP data services, like interactive gaming, music and videos, making for more dynamic and complex […]

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