AT&T Statement on FCC’s VoIP Symmetry Ruling to Clarify Disputes around Switched Access Charges

The following may be attributed Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “AT&T supports today’s FCC action that interprets the VoIP symmetry rule in a manner consistent with long-standing precedent.  This decision provides greater marketplace clarity while reducing existing and potential future intercarrier compensation disputes.”

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AT&T Applauds FCC Action to Curb Intercarrier Compensation Schemes

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “AT&T has long supported the FCC’s efforts to combat schemes that game the intercarrier compensation system and drive up consumer costs, skewing the marketplace for legitimate voice services. We applaud the FCC’s decision today and look forward…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Efforts to Curb Toll Free Arbitrage and Fraud

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory and State External Affairs: “For too long, intercarrier compensation arbitrage, fraud and inefficiencies have driven illegitimate gains, including from the proliferation of unlawful robocalls to toll free numbers.  In 2011, the Commission acted to reform call termination by beginning the transition…

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AT&T Applauds FCC for Addressing Intercarrier Compensation Arbitrage

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “We applaud the FCC’s action to initiate a review of the wasteful and ongoing access stimulation schemes which hurt consumers by driving up market costs. AT&T previously joined with other industry parties in proposing a framework…

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The Next Logical Step in Intercarrier Comp Reform

By Matt Nodine, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory Turning around an aircraft carrier, if done correctly, takes lead time, requires great care and precision, and depends on a large crew with a variety of skills, all working together in harmony for a common cause. Intercarrier compensation reform (ICC) is one such ship. Wisely,…

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Critical of CAF in the 10th Circuit

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Yesterday, more than two years after the FCC adopted transformational reforms of universal service and intercarrier compensation, critics of that order (which include AT&T on a single, discrete intercarrier compensation issue) finally had their day in court. And by all reports it was a long and exhausting day with more than two dozen lawyers arguing…

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So, Why is there No Rural Email Completion Problem?

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Just over a week ago, the FCC released an order intended to try and improve the rate at which long distance calls to rural areas are completed. That led to a somewhat cryptic tweet on which I now expand. (In today’s blog “email” is playing the role of Internet traffic in general.) Have you heard…

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AT&T on FCC’s USF/ICC Order

Washington, DC –The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today adopted an Order to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the Inter-Carrier Compensation (ICC) rules for the broadband era. The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “The FCC today took an important step in transforming the concept of universal service.  By redefining the 21st…

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Comcast and the Throes of Addiction

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

It’s time to chalk up another victim to the addictive qualities of access charges. For more than a decade, cable companies have fought vigorously to avoid entanglement of their broadband IP networks with common carrier regulation.  Now, for less than a penny a minute, Comcast seems ready to say “the heck with all that.” In…

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AT&T on Universal Service, Intercarrier Compensation Reform

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “For far too long, the FCC has wrestled with updating the universal service and intercarrier compensation rules for the broadband era.  Absent reform, these rules will simply loiter on to foster more litigation and arbitrage, and ultimately stifle innovation and the benefits of broadband for consumers….

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