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Proposed Interim Cap First Step in USF Overhaul

High in Missouris northeastern corner, in a pocket perhaps best known for guided deer and turkey hunts, managers of a local telephone cooperative are keeping an eye on federal Universal Service Fund (USF) reform efforts. The 55-year-old Mark Twain Rural Telephone Co. serves 4,500 subscribers across eight counties, and its costs are about four times […]

OSG Billing Services Executive Named to RCA Board

OSG Billing Services said Thursday Ron Whaley, vice president of sales and marketing, has been elected as an associate member to the board of directors for the Rural Cellular Association (RCA). OSG Billing Services has been a member of RCA for more than six years. Whaley has been a participant on the Business Development Committee […]

AT&T Launches Long-Planned Satellite Broadband

AT&T Inc. on Wednesday launched its long-planned satellite broadband Internet access service, with the help of provider WildBlue, whose services the RBOC is rebranding. AT&T announced earlier this month it was ready to roll out the satellite offering, which it has dubbed AT&T High Speed Internet Access. The carrier has been planning the move for […]

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… On the FCCs inaction regarding Verizon Communications Inc.s forbearance petition, and allowing the RBOCs business broadband offerings to be reclassified as information services… The commission is going to try to reach regulatory parity by removing regulations on the incumbent telephone companies rather than on applying new regulations on the cable companies.Kevin J. Martin, FCC […]

IRIS Adds 150 Miles of Fiber

IRIS Networks (Booth 517), a wholesale carriers carrier delivering high-speed transport for voice, video and data in and around Tennessee, is in the buildout stage of an additional 150 miles of fiber. The new route miles will provide wholesale telecommunications opportunities to nine rural West Tennessee counties with populations of 20,000 to 50,000 people. This […]

Citynet Expands Footprint, Goes Rural With GigE

Known for its attention to underserved markets, Citynet (Booth 1423), has expanded its product offerings of gigabit Ethernet and other services to many new Tier 2 and Tier 3 COs in Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia. In the past year, Citynet has made significant capital investments in expanding its network to meet the specific needs […]

INDATEL: One Group 23 States

The Independent Alliances Telecom Group (INDATELgroup, Booth 616), a trade association of carriers, has grown its membership to include nearly half of the United States. New Yorks Independent Optical Network (ION) and Indianas Fiber Network (IFN) are the latest to join. All 23 statewide networks are owned by the independent telephone companies in their respective […]

Stevens Asks NARUC Members to Rethink Intercarrier Comp Reform Strategy

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, today outlined the topics he hopes to address in a likely rewrite of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and called on National Association of Regulatory Utility (NARUC) members to reconsider their proposals for reform of intercarrier compensation rules. Stevens chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, which is spearheading a telecom rewrite […]

Universal Service Will be Addressed this Year, Says FCC’s Copps

Speaking at the NTCA show yesterday, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps said 2006 will be “the year of action” on a contribution methodology. Copps is a member of the Universal Service Joint Board, which he said will make recommendations on rates this year. Noting that he knows access charges are vital to many rural telcos, Copps […]

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After the 96 Act was passed, the general position of the competitive community was very favorable toward the Act and thought that it was a great effort by Congress to balance the competing interests and needs and really create a level playing field. Unfortunately, the FCC, while they did a good job in some areas, […]

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