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Industry Factions State Their Case for More Switched Access Reform

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Nov 3, 2017 10:00:00 AM

It's been six long years since the FCC took the first steps to fix the hopelessly muddled inter-carrier compensation system when it began reducing most terminating switched access charges to bill-and-keep. However, concerned about lost access revenues for rural ILECs, the Commission left originating access charges untouched and only mandated reductions in tandem-switched transport when the terminating price cap carrier owned the tandem in that serving area. Moreover, for rate-of-return ILECs, these charges were capped at interstate levels and not reduced any further.

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, switched access, inter-carrier compensation