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DC Circuit Vacates FCC’s Local Switching Declaratory Ruling

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Nov 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The good news for large telecommunication companies did not end on Election Day. On Friday, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded for further review the FCC’s 2015 Declaratory Ruling that required AT&T and other long-distance providers to pay local switching access charges to CLECs, working with over-the-top Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers serving end user customers. The Court found that the Commission’s Declaratory Ruling was inadequate because it failed to provide a functional difference between local switching to an end office and lower priced tandem switching.

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Topics: regulatory updates, CLECs, FCC, VoIP

The Ever-Expanding Universal Service Fund

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Apr 24, 2015 9:16:00 AM

While the industry waits to see if the Federal-State Joint Board will recommend that broadband Internet access service providers must contribute to the Universal Service Fund (it will), and whether that recommendation is accepted by the FCC (it will be), it appears that the Commission is in search of even more ways to increase the flow of universal service dollars. Its latest effort is a back door attempt through the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to require VoIP providers to contribute to the Fund based on their revenues from ancillary services such as call forwarding and call waiting. 

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, Universal Service Fund, VoIP

ILECs Seek Recovery of Lost VoIP-PSTN Access Revenue

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Dec 19, 2014 10:51:36 AM

This week we wanted to a highlight an issue that is extremely important to medium and small ILECs. As an outgrowth of the FCC’s inter-carrier compensation (ICC) transition to bill-and-keep since July 1, 2014, ILECs have been recovering significantly less intrastate access revenues due to Section 51.913(a)(2) of the FCC’s Rules. 

This section of the rules governs the switched access rates that apply to intrastate calls that originate over the Internet (voice over Internet protocol) and terminate on the public switched telephone network). This so called VoIP-PSTN traffic was previously billed at the ILEC’s intrastate originating access rate, but since July 1, it is required to be billed at the ILECs interstate originating access rate. The rate between originating interstate and intrastate originating access rates, in many cases, is fairly large and is causing significant intrastate access revenue reductions.   

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, ILECs, VoIP

CenturyLink Proposes Las Vegas IP Service Trial

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Dec 1, 2014 10:36:00 AM

We are moving steadily toward an all Internet protocol (IP) Network. The latest proof comes from CenturyLink. In response to the FCC’s January 2014 “Technology Transitions” Order (in Docket 13-5), which launched a variety of experiments and data collection initiatives to evaluate how the industry will be affected by the network evolution, CenturyLink has proposed the second major IP trial:

CenturyLink proposes a service trial in a geographical area in Las Vegas, Nevada roughly encompassing twelve wire centers…to explore the impacts of the [Time Division Multiplexed] TDM-to-IP transition on business end users and providers exchanging Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) traffic through commercially negotiated connectivity utilizing Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). CenturyLink will be joined in this trial by two CLECs, Bandwidth.com, CLEC, LLC, and its affiliates (Bandwidth) and Inteliquent. The trial will enable these three providers to work through operational, technical, and logistical issues associated with the transition, generating valuable information for the Commission and other interested parties to ensure that the “enduring values” identified in the Technology Transitions Order continue to be fulfilled (CenturyLink Petition at pp. 2-3).

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Topics: regulatory updates, CLECs, FCC, IP Network, VoIP, TDM

The Local Switching Battle Between CLECs and AT&T Heats Up

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Oct 10, 2014 9:50:00 AM

The long-time argument between AT&T lately joined by Verizon on one side and CLECs, such as Level 3, on the other regarding when local switching switched access charges can be assessed is once again heating up at the FCC. Level 3 has requested the Commission to issue a declaratory ruling affirming that a CLEC, working with an over-the-top Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider serving end user customers, may assess end office local switching charges on long distance calls when it performs the core functions of a local switch but does not connect to a physical loop dedicated to a specific end user.

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Topics: regulatory updates, CLECs, FCC, VoIP

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