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A reference of nearly 300 must-know, most-frequently used telecom terms. Read more >>
Right now, the Federal Universal Service Fund “contribution rate” is 17.4%. That's five times the rate since first instituted after the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996! And the bad news is, absent any reforms, it will only continue to increase. Whether you are an enterprise user or a service provider, you owe it to yourself to understand the objectives, flaws and proposed fixes of the Universal Service Fund.
For almost two decades now, interconnection agreements (ICAs) have been the core documents that governed how competitive local exchanges carriers (CLECs) and incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) tied their local exchange networks together and paid for the traffic that moved between them. In fact, today there are well over 35,000 ICAs on file at state Public Utility Commissions across the country.
The rules, regulations and prices for network interconnection for the TDM network have been in place, in one form or another, for almost thirty years. And while ILECS and competitive carriers often butt heads on interconnection issues, at least everyone knows the framework and can operate with a high degree of technical and financial certainty. That certainty doesn’t exist for the IP networks that all carriers are now rapidly putting in place. Take a look at the issues and potential outcome as regulators, legislators, carriers, and even President Obama , wrestle with a fundamental challenge of the IP to TDM network transition. Read more >>
Lots of hype and noise out there about the transition of the nation’s communications infrastructure from one based on TDM technology to an all IP network. And, it’s easy to get lost among the forest of conflicting positions and opinions on exactly the best path and timeline to follow. That said, it is a watershed event that deserves your attention. Find out what you need to know about the drivers, the technology, the stakeholders and the transitional process of the most significant industry change since the Telecom Reform Act of 1996. Read more >>
By Deb Boehling & Laura McDonald, Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby LLP
Beware of Verizon’s new “Rapid Delivery” automation platform. While the stated goals – faster service delivery and more accurate billing – are something every enterprise desires, how Verizon gets there is fraught with significant, hard dollar problems that stem from the way Rapid Delivery is structured contractually. Verizon’s Rapid Delivery model eliminates the traditional enterprise model of negotiating Master Service Agreements and service specific attachments that protect users from non-negotiated prices and terms buried in web based Service Guides which carriers can – and do – change at any time. Instead, Rapid Delivery opens you up to a torrent of hidden terms and higher fees for critical services. Read more >>
MPLS, SIP trunking and high-speed big access pipes are the key building blocks of today’s enterprise networks and soon will be the de facto standard. But there’s one roadblock. Traditional TDM DS-1 and DS-3 access pipes from the LECs are expensive and unwieldy...and the LECs want to sunset these services in favor of IP as soon as possible, so enterprise now favor fiber-based Ethernet access. Ethernet is a proven technology that’s cost effective at just about any speed, and the Ethernet protocol greatly reduces network overhead. But there’s one catch, fiber is not universally available – and won’t be for some time. Read more >>
Many predict ICAs will continue to grow in importance as the FCC implements its reform of the intercarrier compensation system. ICAs aren't new to the industry, but how they are used and the rules governing them have continued to evolve over the years - bringing about new challenges as companies transition to the new access charge framework. This whitepaper takes a look at the changing rules regarding ICAs, why they are becoming more important and the potential challenges for companies. Read more >>
Force migrations are common in IT, but you can avoid the worst by trading passivity for action: plan and take charge. This article walks you through the problem as it stands today and what you, as the customer, can do about it. Read more >>