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Is It Time to Move All Access Charges to Bill-and-Keep?

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Jan 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Will 2017 be the end of switched access charges? Despite the FCC’s decision in 2011 to reform inter-carrier compensation charges including interstate and intrastate access and reciprocal compensation charges by transitioning to a bill-and-keep structure, the industry debate over these charges continues into the new year and new administration.  

For those unfamiliar with the term, a bill-and-keep regulatory system requires carriers to recover their costs of originating and terminating local and long-distance calls from their own customers rather than from charges assessed on other carriers.

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, bill-and-keep, access charges