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Industry Comments Demonstrate Continued Wide Disagreement Re: Future Internet Regulation

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Apr 8, 2014 11:00:00 AM

With all the attention recently on the transition to the Internet Protocol (IP) network, it is easy to forget that the battle over the future of the Internet is still raging! Proponents of a “free and open” Internet are actively campaigning for the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet service as a “telecommunications” service so it can be broadly regulated as a “common carrier” service. It is not difficult to see the irony of this argument where a “free” Internet can only be achieved through increased regulation!

On the other hand, irony exists on both sides of the Internet divide, as many large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) continue to argue for minimal or no Internet regulation even while they seek advantageous deals that favor their own Internet traffic!    

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, webinar, IP Network

New Developments in FCC's Call Completion Investigation

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Nov 7, 2013 9:24:00 AM

On October 28, 2013, the FCC adopted (but not yet released) a Report and Order and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), in its proceeding designed to develop rules to address problems in the completion of long-distance calls to rural end user customers. 

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Topics: regulatory updates, intercarrier compensation, FCC, webinar

AT&T Postpones Elimination of Special Access Term Discounts

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Nov 5, 2013 12:00:00 PM

On October 10, 2013, AT&T stunned the industry by sending letters to special access customers stating that beginning November 9, 2013 it would no longer offer term discounts of more than three years on DS1, DS3 analog private line and DS0 services.  AT&T stated that it would eliminate these long-term discounts as part of its announced phase-out of its Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) to one based on Internet Protocol.  It is important to note that the FCC has not granted AT&T permission to eliminate its TDM network, nor is there any indication they will do so in the near future.  So this was a unilateral AT&T decision.

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Topics: carrier access rates, regulatory updates, intercarrier compensation, CLECs, FCC, webinar, special access

Webinar: The Emerging Role and Impact of ICAs under FCC Reform

Posted by Samantha Schultheis

Feb 5, 2013 11:15:00 AM

[UPDATE: The recording of this webinar is now available here. The links below have also been updated to point to the new page. -MC]

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Topics: regulatory updates, intercarrier compensation, rate and tariff data, FCC, ICAs, Interconnection Agreements, webinar

Webinar: Understand the Impact of Intercarrier Compensation Reform

Posted by Samantha Schultheis

Mar 12, 2012 1:00:00 PM

UPDATE: The webinar series is now available on-demand.

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Topics: intercarrier compensation, CLECs, LECs, FCC, webinar

3 free tools to stay on top of intercarrier compensation reform

Posted by Samantha Schultheis

Feb 24, 2012 11:12:00 AM

3 free tools from CCMI to help you stay on top of the FCC's intercarrier compensation reform

The FCC Order in Docket 10-90 went into effect on Dec. 29, and set off what will be a decade-long revamp of hopelessly antiquated intercarrier compensation rules. The Order requires prompt action and close attention from every industry player -- ILECs, CLECs, wireline, and wireless service providers to state, VoIP, and cable companies, as well as state and Federal regulators across the industry.

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Topics: carrier access rates, intercarrier compensation, TelView, rate and tariff data, FCC, Tariff Transmittal Alert, telecom rate research tools, webinar