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Federal Lawmakers Introduce USF Reform Act

Congressional Reps. Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Lee Terry, R-Neb., have introduced a bill to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF). Boucher and Terry on Thursday released the text of their bill, the Universal Service Reform Act of 2007. They are members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees telecom. The bill proposes to […]

Wire One Joins Qwest on Networx Project

Wire One Communications has been selected to serve as a member of the Qwest Communications International Inc. team that was awarded a stake in Networx Universal, the largest communications services contract in the world. The Networx contracts, worth as much as $48 billion over the next 10 years, will offer voice, data and video services […]

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… On the Universal Service Fund at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in March and changes the federal government should consider The USF must be configured like a pyramid: it must have a broad and stable base of contributions at the bottom, and a narrow but sufficient distribution of support at the top. Issues related […]

Senate Confirms FCCs Martin for Another Term

The Senate last night unanimously approved the nomination of FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin to serve another term at the FCC. President Bush earlier this year called for Martins tenure to be extended. The 39-year-old Martin has overseen the FCC since March 2005, when he succeeded Michael Powell. Some of the issues he faces include […]

Martin Likely to Head FCC Another 5 Years

The Senate Commerce Committee today unanimously approved another five-year term for FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin. President Bush earlier this year called for Martins term to be extended and the Commerce Committee on Tuesday agreed with that move. The 39-year-old Martin has overseen the FCC since March 2005, when he succeeded Michael Powell. Some of […]

VoiceOne Integrates IM for AOL, Googles gTalk, MSN and Yahoo!

VoiceOne Communications LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of VoIP Inc., has unveiled its Click4Me.Net Universal Instant Messaging IM Platform, which integrates IM services from AOL, Google’s gTalk, MSN and Yahoo!. In order to send IMs between the four services, users must sign up for a free Click4Me account at www.Click4Me.Net. Click4Me.Net is a Web-click calling […]

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… On the FCCs interim measure requiring VoIP providers to pay into the Universal Service Fund once DSL providers stop contributing in August … These interim measures … ensure that the fund remains solvent for the near term, and serve as an important first step toward broadening the funds contribution base to ensure equitable and […]

FCC Revamps USF Contribution Base to Include VoIP

As expected, the FCC on Wednesday changed the way it gathers contributions to the Universal Service Fund (USF). Interconnected VoIP providers now must contribute and wireless providers will pay more. The FCC with a full complement of commissioners after more than a year was under pressure to add contributors to the USF requirements because, in […]

USF Bills Call for VoIP Players to Ante Up

THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND (USF), while still at billions of dollars, is dwindling, due to a decreasing number of contributors, and, in the interest of sustaining the fund, many in the telecom industry want IP operators to ante up. One House bill and one Senate bill call for this change directly, but the outcome of […]

Abernathy Appointed to Citizens Board of Directors

Former FCC Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy has been appointed to the Citizens Communications Co. board of directors. Abernathy who joined the Washington, D.C., office of law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP after leaving the FCC in December will provide counsel and advice to the ILEC, said Chairman and CEO Maggie Wilderotter. In […]

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