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PacBell Is Next ISP To Take On U.S. Recording Industry

PacBell Is Next ISP To Take On U.S. Recording Industry The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), intent on crushing Internet users engaged in so-called “file sharing” activities, may be facing its toughest opponent yet: Pacific Bell Internet Service, a unit of SBC Communications that provides Internet access to customers on the West Coast. PacBell […]

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Lawmakers Caution Powell Against Primary Line Restriction

Lawmakers Caution Powell Against Primary Line Restriction Urge Chairman To Reject Recommendation Of Joint Board On Universal Service Nineteen House members, acting at the behest of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), this week fired off a strongly worded letter to FCC Chairman Michael Powell, cautioning the agency’s top executive against approving a recommendation from […]

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Approval Of Cingular-AT&T Wireless Merger Seen Likely

Approval Of Cingular-AT&T Wireless Merger Seen Likely While this week’s stunning announcement of a merger agreement between Cingular Wireless and AT&T Wireless poses some interesting challenges for regulators, TPR predicts the deal will be approved, though a final decision to that effect should not be expected before October at the earliest. Cingular’s proposed acquisition of […]

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Aussie Regulators Look At VoIP

Aussie Regulators Look At VoIP The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) has published a “discussion paper” to elicit comment before it sits down to draft regulations for the technology. So far, voice over IP (VoIP) has made only minor penetration into the consumer sector in Australia, although it is increasingly being used by corporations, the ACA […]

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OPASTCO Presses FCC For Regulation of VoIP

OPASTCO Presses FCC For Regulation of VoIP Small Telco Group Holds Views Parallel To NARUC’s Position Regulatory treatment of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) should not be detrimental to the underlying network, and substitutable services should be subject to equitable regulatory treatment, the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO) told […]

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Researchers See Signs Of Imminent Comeback By CLECs

Researchers See Signs Of Imminent Comeback By CLECs If the FCC, in its TELRIC proceeding, is indeed bent on upsetting the proverbial apple cart for competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), federal regulators may first want to review a just-released report from New Paradigm Resources Group Inc. NPRG finds that all the ingredients are present for […]

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All Sides Gear Up For Re-Write Fight

All Sides Gear Up For Re-Write Fight Though Telecom Act Action Is Months Away, Players Are Talking Congress doesn’t reconvene until late January 2005, but with lawmakers contemplating the biggest overhaul of the nation’s telecommunications laws in nearly a decade, lobbyists, advocacy groups and politicians are gearing up now for the legislative frenzy. The reason […]

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UNEs: It Ain’t Over Yet

UNEs: It Ain’t Over Yet The parties behind last year’s court reversal of the FCC’s Triennial Review Order as it pertained to unbundled elements have filed a supplemental petition for a writ of mandamus, asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to force the commission to “implement all aspects of this Court’s […]

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Pennsylvania PUC Strikes Broadband Deal With Verizon

Pennsylvania PUC Strikes Broadband Deal With Verizon But Chairman Has Serious Doubts About Outcome Of Measure The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PPUC) last Thursday (July 17) voted 4-1 on a measure that is supposed to accelerate Verizon-Pennsylvania’s current network modernization plan, requiring the Bell Operating Company (BOC) to deploy broadband to more Pennsylvanians faster than […]

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Bigger Carriers Vet Support For USF Reverse Auctions

Bigger Carriers Vet Support For USF Reverse Auctions While rural wireline and wireless telecom carriers seem the most adamant against so-called “reverse auctions” to determine and to dole out universal service fund (USF) carrier eligibility (Telecom Policy Report, Oct. 15), their bigger counterparts so far appear to be supportive, especially if subsidy contributions can be […]