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FCC Releases CPNI Order

The FCC is requiring landline and wireless carriers to adopt more safeguards that bar pretexting, or the unauthorized disclosure of consumers phone records. The order on customer proprietary network information (CPNI) contains several provisions, among them the requirement that carriers including VoIP providers cannot release call records unless the caller provides a correct password. Otherwise, […]

Congress Proposes to Repeal 3 Percent Excise Tax

A group of House representatives is calling for the end of a telephony excise tax that mostly affects low-income, elderly and rural citizens. Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., Jim Ramstad, R-Minn., Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Gary Miller, R-Calif., introduced the Telephone Excise Repeal Act of 2007 on Wednesday. Telecom companies and associations support the proposal. Congress […]

Associations Then & Now

LONG-DISTANCE THEN: COMPTEL, the result of the 1984 merger of the Association of Long Distance Telephone Companies (ALTEL) and the American Council of Competitive Communications (ACCC), expanded its focus on long-distance competitors to include local, wireless and Internet service providers. NOW: COMPTEL now represents nearly 300 service providers and their suppliers. It has acquired three […]

USTelecom Congratulates Chairman Martin on His Senate Confirmation

The following statement is from Walter B. McCormick Jr., president & CEO of USTelecom: We congratulate Chairman Martin on his confirmation and look forward to his continued role at the helm of the FCC. With so many pressing issues before the Commission, we appreciate the Chairmans leadership and vision for a vibrant, market-based communications industry. […]

TIA, USTELECOM Get Back Together for 2007 Event

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) announced Wednesday that they will renew their partnership for a single telecom industry event in 2007. The new event, NXTcomm, will be held June 18-21 in Chicago at McCormick Place and will replace both GLOBALCOMM and TelecomNEXT in 2007. The two associations TIA […]

Communications Act of 2006?

WHILE THERE IS CONSIDERABLE momentum behind a telecom policy rewrite, it is debatable whether it will be decided this year. 2006, say doubters, will find elections on the tops of politicians priority lists. Others remain optimistic elections will pose no deterrent to new legislation. Executives for USTelecom and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) predict a […]

ACS Executive Joins USTelecom Board

Liane Pelletier, chairman, president and CEO of Alaska Communications Systems Group, will join the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) board of directors, USTelecom said today. As the largest service provider in Alaska and among the top 15 largest carriers in the nation, ACS is a cutting-edge company that is leading the way for its customers […]

USTelecom Elects New Chairman, Officers, Members

The USTelecom board of directors late yesterday unanimously elected Skip Frantz, executive vice president and secretary of Alltel Corp. Inc., as chairman of the board. Frantz has served on the USTelecom board of directors for two years, most recently holding as first vice-chair. He now is tasked with helping guide advocacy, business development and education […]

FCC to Take Up Cable Franchise Rules Next Month, Chairman Says

The FCC will consider the cable franchise rules at its next meeting, which is set for Thursday, Nov. 3, according to the commissions Chairman Kevin Martin, who delivered a keynote address today at TELECOM 05. Martin, who joined the group via live satellite video, said the FCC will take up the question of whether the […]

Disney CEO to Keynote TelecomNEXT

USTelecom announced yesterday that Robert Iger, president and CEO of the Walt Disney Co., will share his thoughts on how content providers can use new technologies to distribute programming to consumers when the communications industry meets at TelecomNEXT in March 2006. New and innovative technologies have created tremendous opportunities for content providers to deliver programming […]

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