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 to a bill-and-keep regime, which addressed some of this behavior; however, entities morphed their activities and now target 8YY calls for their schemes.  With today’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Commission begins a much-needed process to reform the 8YY marketplace and continues its move to transitioning intercarrier compensation charges to its stated goal of a national bill-and-keep framework.  We applaud today’s FCC’s action and look forward to further engagement with the Commission and industry stakeholders as we seek to promote increased broadband investment to benefit consumers everywhere.”

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