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FCC Revises Anti-Slamming Rules

In January, the Federal Communications Commission released its fourth report and order modifying its rules against slamming, or unauthorized carrier changes - a move that should eliminate the confusing and disputable components of the verification process, thereby minimizing carriers’ exposures to federal and state slamming liability. The changes, which stem from proposals issued by the Commission […]

Adopt an Anti-Slam Plan

FINES AND PENALTIES LEVIED BY THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION AND STATE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSIONS AGAINST CARRIERS FOR SLAMMING ACTIVITY, PARTICULARLY CARRIERS RELYING UPON TELEMARKETING, CAN BE CRIPPLING. SINCE 2000, THE FCC HAS ASSESSED - EITHER IN FORFEITURE ORDERS OR THROUGH SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS - CARRIER FINES OF AT LEAST $14 MILLION AND STATE PUCS IN TOTAL HAVE ASSESSED […]

Telecom Consumer Protection Seminar Flags Potential Pitfalls

Posted: 8/2003 Telecom Consumer Protection Seminar Flags Potential Pitfalls By James M. Smith "We establish policies that encourage entry into the marketplace, firms compete based on price and service quality, and consumers make choices that maximize their welfare. In the end, some firms succeed and some might fail," summed up FCC Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy […]

Soap Box: Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?

Posted: 7/2003 Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? By Neil S. Ende, Alexandre B. Bouton and Tom K. Sinai Slamming. The word itself conjures up images of aggressive, even violent, misconduct. It is quite appropriate then that, in the telecom world, the word has become associated with unauthorized conversion of a consumers telephone service. From […]

FCC Clarifies Slamming Rules

Posted: 6/2003 FCC Clarifies Slamming Rules By Josh Long The Federal Communication Commission has modified the FCC’s carrier change or "slamming" regulations and seeks industry comment on proposed third-party verification (TPV) requirements. Comments are due June 2 and replies are due June 17. The FCC’s action stands to affect facilities-based telecom service providers and resellers […]

Is Antislamming Enforcement Shifting to States?

Posted: 07/2002 Is Antislamming Enforcement Shifting to States? IF YOU BELIEVE RECENT REPORTS, YOU might be tempted to think it’s safe to slam. The level of fines the FCC issues for slamming has taken a big drop. On the other hand, recent FCC fine levels are the natural outcome of a process it has been […]

Regulatory News – Slammers Beware

Posted: 10/2000 Slammers Beware The Devil’s in the ‘Anti-Slamming’ Order Details By Kim Sunderland The FCC (www.fcc.gov) finally has released the long-awaited text of its anti-slamming rules, which are designed to improve how consumers choose their preferred telephone carrier, while making it harder for carriers to slam them.So slammers take note: The FCC, in concert with […]

Regulatory News – Commission Nails Two IXCs with Slamming Fines

Posted:  09/2000 Commission Nails Two IXCs with Slamming Fines By Kim Sunderland The FCC has adopted more anti-slamming rules designed to improve how consumers choose their preferred telephone carrier, and make it harder for carriers to slam them.At the same time, the commission flexed its enforcement muscles by levying hefty fines on two IXCs charged […]

Softswitches Challenge Global Carriers

Posted: 08/2000 Softswitches Challenge Global Carriers The softswitch, or media gateway controller (MGC), may revolutionize telecommunications services. It will push intelligent function to the edge of the network, enable voice and data convergence, and allow the flexibility of local service creation with the possibility of centralized control. Through open APIs, it fosters wide-scale innovation of […]

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