Sep 18, 2013 4:50:00 PM
FCC Docket No. 13-97 - Industry Supports Permitting Interconnected VoIP Providers Direct Access to Telephone Numbers
By Andrew Regitsky, President, Regitsky & Associates
The industry has just filed its comments and reply comments regarding the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to allow VoIP providers that interconnect to the public switched telephone network (PSTN) direct access to North American Numbering Plan (NANP) telephone numbers, instead of through CLEC intermediaries as they do today.
This issue arises because VoIP carriers that permit their customers to make or receive calls from the PSTN over broadband connections need working telephone numbers. However, since the Commission has ducked the classification of these interconnected VoIP providers for years, most VoIP providers cannot directly obtain telephone numbers from number administrators since they cannot provide evidence of state certification as telecommunications providers. Currently, these providers generally obtain NANP numbers by purchasing wholesale service from a CLEC and then using these services to interconnect to the PSTN.
May 17, 2012 11:15:00 AM
FCC Order 90-10 is the first salvo in the long overdue reform of intercarrier compensation (ICC) rules. And one blockbuster provision of the Order imposes interstate access charges on VoIP calls that terminate on the public switched telecom network (PSTN). Local exchange carriers who provide access began filing almost immediately after the 12/29/2011 effective date of the Order.