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Have you ever asked, "How do I dial 911 from this phone?"

Posted by Don Gale

People who work at a variety of locations often see different phone systems at each office.  Individual phone systems may have a different code to get an outside dial tone. Many offices require you to dial 9 first, while others require you to dial 8.

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Topics: 911, featured post, PSAP, Kari's Law, Home Page, tie lines, PBX, VoIP System, PS Docket 17-239

New California Broadband and Voice Reporting Due April 28, 2017

Posted by Connie Wightman

In order to analyze the status of competition in California, the Public Utilities Commission has a new annual reporting obligation for providers who are required to submit FCC 477 reports. 

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Topics: Compliance Reporting, featured post, Form 477 Data, Home Page, California Broadband and Voice Reporting

Mining Gold from your FCC Form 477

Posted by Hal Stringer

Imagine working at a company that has a detailed snapshot of its entire customer base every six months.  That snapshot includes each customer's physical location and mix of services purchased.  Oh, and throw in a snapshot of service availability for future customers.  Wouldn't that be great!  Imagine how useful that data would be to all departments for planning purposes and performance evaluation.
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Topics: telecommunications regulatory consulting, featured post, 477 reporting, fcc form 477 data, regulatory compliance consulting, tmi gis service

VoIP Regulation: More than you thought?

Posted by Karen Ritter

As I participated in our product demonstration last week on the VoIP Requirements publication, I was reminded how diverse VoIP regulation is across the nation. The FCC and state regulatory agencies impose certain operational requirements, financial obligations, and reporting requirements on VoIP providers that can be challenging to track by jurisdiction.

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Topics: USF, TRS, 911, VoIP, VoIP regulation, featured post

Preparing For 911 Reliability Certification October 2015 Deadline

Posted by Debbie Gainor

Recently, the FCC clarified rules for 911 reliability certifications (TMI Regulatory Bulletin Service subscribers see Bulletin dated 8/3/15). Remember, in 2013, the FCC adopted rules requiring entities that route 911 calls and number or location information to PSAPs to implement either industry best practices or alternative measures that are reasonably sufficient to ensure 911 reliability? Covered providers must make annual compliance certifications to the FCC. Your company is a “Covered” provider if:

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Topics: FCC, telecommunications regulatory consulting, featured post, 911 Reliability Certification, Covered Provider

FCC Adopts Rules for the IP Transition

Posted by Amy Gross

At its August 6, 2015, Open Meeting the FCC adopted two items regarding the IP transition.  The first item is a Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing various issues associated with retirement and discontinuance of copper networks. 

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Topics: FCC, IP Transition, special access, featured post, Copper Network

FCC Conditions for the AT&T/DirecTV Merger and What to Expect

Posted by Amy Gross

In its Order approving the AT&T/DirecTV merger See TMI's Regulatory Mix dated 7/28/15, the FCC imposed various conditions to address the potential harms posed by the transaction and confirm certain benefits offered by the transaction. 
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Topics: FCC, interconnection, featured post, Connect America, AT&T - Direct TV

ILEC Retail Rates: How high will they go? Part 3

Posted by Karen Ritter

Now that the year is half over, it's time to raise rates again!  In my earlier blogs on this topic ( "ILEC Retail Rates - How high will they go?" dated 12/1/14 and “ ILEC Retail Rates: How high will they go? Part 2” dated 2/2/15) I noted several trends in rate increases across the nation.
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Topics: featured post, AT&T, CenturyLink, ILEC rates, rate monitoring

California Approves New Electricity Rate Design Structure

Posted by Fran Martens

At last week’s agenda meeting, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a plan to transition the state’s residential customer electricity rates to a more effective and cost-based structure.

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Topics: California, featured post, Energy, electricity rate design structure

What Do VoIPs Have to Prove to Get Numbers Around Here?

Posted by Amy Gross

The FCC has released the text of its order allowing interconnected VoIP providers to obtain numbering resources directly from the Numbering Administrator. See our blog “FCC Says VoIP Providers Can Get Numbers Directly” dated 6/19/15.

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Topics: FCC, VoIP, featured post, #VoIPRequirements, NANP, Numbering Authorization Application

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