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Change It But Keep It The Same

A Mix Of USF Allies: Change It But Keep It The Same Political and pressure-group machinations surrounding the universal service fund (USF) ramped up again last week as a second Senate bill surfaced to encourage rural broadband deployment via the subsidy program. Hispanic/Latino organizations urged the Federal Communications Commission’s contribution methods not be changed to […]

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Industry Deregulator Barton Replaces Tauzin As Chairman

Industry Deregulator Barton Replaces Tauzin As Chairman Last October when Rep Joe Barton (R-Texas) spoke to an audience at the U.S. Telecom Association’s national convention in Las Vegas, he said the 1996 Telecom Act hasn’t been implemented “as well as it could have been.” In Barton’s view, it was Congress’ intent to inspire facilities-based competition, […]

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CPUC Holds Off On Rights Vote

CPUC Holds Off On Rights Vote Despite efforts by one member of the California Public Utilities Commission to derail the “Telecommunications Consumer Bill of Rights” that squeaked through the voting process less than a year ago, a suspension of the document will not be voted as planned this week. The bill of rights, which last […]

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What’s Behind Verizon’s Complaint About Nextel?

What’s Behind Verizon’s Complaint About Nextel? Is It Justice The Company Wants — Or Less Competition? The FCC’s decision last Thursday (July 8) granting Nextel most of what it sought — contiguous blocks of spectrum at 800 MHz in the 1.9 GHz band in exchange for Nextel’s patchwork of spectrum in the 700, 800 and […]

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FCC Asks U.S. Court To Rehear Lost Truth-In-Billing Case

FCC Asks U.S. Court To Rehear Lost Truth-In-Billing Case The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has asked a U.S. court to reconsider an earlier decision ruling the regulator exceeded its authority in truth-in-billing orders that preempted state regulators on what types line-item details they can require or prohibit on wireless bills to consumers (Telecom Policy Report, […]

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Verizon Wireless Pressed To Modify ‘Anytime, Anywhere’ Claims

Verizon Wireless Pressed To Modify ‘Anytime, Anywhere’ Claims At press time, the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc., the advertising industry’s self-regulatory forum, urged Verizon Wireless to “modify or discontinue” claims made in its ad campaign pushing its new, family-oriented “IN-Network” calling plan. NAD is an investigative arm of […]

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Why The SBC-AT&T Merger Will Test Gov’t Mettle

Why The SBC-AT&T Merger Will Test Gov’t Mettle Pro-Competition, Antitrust Policies Also Under Scrutiny SBC Communications’ proposal to acquire former parent AT&T for about $16 billion in stock will provide one of the industry’s biggest tests of federal government mental dexterity and physical resources in anti-trust review. The potential strains on legal thinking and processes […]

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No Telecom Play For DeLay, But Telecom PACs Pay Anyway

No Telecom Play For DeLay, But Telecom PACs Pay Anyway House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) hasn’t been a major player in the telecom policymaking arena for nearly a decade. In fact, the last time he seriously weighed in on telecom-related issues occurred just before passage of the 1996 Telecom Act. Yet, DeLay continues to […]

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Tauzin’s Telecom Connections Serve Him Well

Tauzin’s Telecom Connections Serve Him Well This week, TPR’s “Money Trail” leads to one of the most powerful men in Congress — Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Tauzin represents a district comprised of 14 coastal and river parishes in southern Louisiana. He was first elected in 1980 as […]

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NextWave Seeks Court’s OK To Auction Six Licenses

NextWave Seeks Court’s OK To Auction Six Licenses Bankrupt wireless carrier NextWave, the controversial company that managed to retain control of extremely valuable spectrum licenses without actually paying for them, is pressing the bankruptcy court overseeing its reorganization for permission to auction its rights to a personal communications services (PCS) license in the 10 MHz […]