What the Data Shows: Special Access is Not Very Special Any More

On Friday, Mother Nature willing, we will file our first set of comments analyzing the data submitted in the special access proceeding.  As a refresher course for the uninitiated, the special access services at issue here are not very special at all.  They are services sold mainly to businesses which provide pretty low speed data…

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The FCC Decides to Lead on IP

The FCC today made a bold leap forward on the path to a modern 21st Century broadband world by agreeing to oversee industry-wide geographic trials.  These trials will convert legacy Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) networks to an all-IP broadband architecture.  While couched in the terms of telecom arcana, this decision is important and profound.  All…

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The End of the Beginning of the IP Transition

Much has been written over the 12 months that have passed since AT&T filed its request for the Federal Communications Commission to oversee trials to facilitate the industry’s continued transition from aging communication platforms and services to new services based fully on Internet Protocol (“IP”). One important highlight in all that has been written is…

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Public Knowledge’s White Paper on the IP Transition: A common sense framework

Early this week at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress, we expressed support for the concepts embodied in Public Knowledge’s 5 Principles for the IP transition. After reading Public Knowledge’s white paper issued today, I am even more convinced that Public Knowledge has laid out a common sense framework that can help…

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Availability of Numbers And the IP Transition

FCC Commissioner Pai confirmed last week during his terrific speech at the Hudson Institute that Chairman Genachowski has circulated a draft order which would initiate a geographically limited trial gradually permitting VoIP providers to get direct access to telephone numbers without having to go through a local exchange carrier.  This is a great development on…

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A Turning Point

by Frank Simone

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Today, USTelecom filed a petition requesting that the FCC declare that traditional phone companies  no longer possess market power when providing switched access services, or more plainly, “plain old telephone service” (POTS), and therefore are no longer subject to dominant carrier regulation under the Commission’s rules. Given the many ways all of us communicate with…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Technology Transitions Policy Task Force

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “Today’s announcement by the FCC to appoint a Technology Task Force to modernize its rules for the transition of traditionally regulated services to applications that ride on an IP broadband infrastructure is welcome news.  As AT&T pointed out in our recent filing, that transition is well…

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Sprint’s Retiring Ways: What It Says About Encouraging Investment in IP Technologies

Last week, Sprint confirmed that, beginning January 1, 2013, it was imposing upon its Nextel, non-CDMA iDen subscribers a $10 monthly surcharge in order to incent those customers to move off of its legacy Nextel infrastructure and onto its CDMA Push-To-Talk infrastructure.  The move to encourage those subscribers to move to new technology is absolutely…

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