May 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM
The 2017 Annual Access Filings are a month away as part of the movement of terminating access rates to bill-and-keep, price cap ILECs (and mirroring CLECs) are required to reduce their tandem-switched transport rates to $0.0007 as the final interim step before reducing them to $0.00 in 2018. Now, however, that expected reduction is in some doubt.
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.