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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

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, June 5, 2015

Posted by Amy Gross

The Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Regulatory Bulletin.

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Topics: The Regulatory Mix, USF, interconnection, VoIP, broadband, California, Nevada, Iowa

#CommActUpdate Addresses Interconnection

Posted by Amy Gross

As part of its process of seeking public input ahead of a #CommActUpdate, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has released a white paper focused on the interconnection of telecommunications networks. The white paper seeks comment on the regulatory framework surrounding network interconnection and peering agreements and the role of government in regulating these agreements. Interested parties are invited to respond to the questions posed by the white paper and offer comment on any aspect of interconnection policy by August 8, 2014, to [email protected].

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Topics: interconnection, US House of Representatives, rural call completion, #CommActUpdate

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, June 16, 2014

Posted by Amy Gross

The Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court, issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Regulatory Bulletin.

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Topics: FCC, The Regulatory Mix, interconnection, broadband

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Posted by Fran Martens

The Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court, issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Regulatory Bulletin.

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Topics: The Regulatory Mix, interconnection, US House of Representatives, VoIP, Massachusetts

Wholesale Customers and AT&T’s Proposed TDM-to-IP Transition Trial

Posted by Amy Gross

As discussed in our blog dated 3/4/14 “AT&T Proposes TDM-to-IP Transition Trial,” AT&T has filed a proposal for a TDM to all-IP wire center trial in its Carbon Hill, AL, and Kings Point, FL, wire centers. Among other things, the proposal discusses in detail how wholesale customers will be affected by the trial. This includes the wholesale services and interconnection options that will be available and how the status quo ante on intercarrier compensation will be maintained.

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Topics: IP Transition, interconnection, wireline, featured post, AT&T

FCC Chairman Wheeler Talks About “Net-Effects”

Posted by Amy Gross

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Topics: FCC, interconnection, telecom regulation, telecom competition

Level 3 Reports Same Obstacles as Vonage in VoIP Numbering Trial

Posted by Sharon Thomas

On November 5, 2013, Level 3 Communications and its VoIP affiliate, Level 3 Enhanced Services (Level 3 ES), filed an ex parte with the FCC that largely mirrored the concerns previously raised by Vonage regarding CenturyLink's refusal to route traffic to telephone numbers assigned to the Level 3 ES OCN over existing Level 3 (the CLEC partner) interconnection trunks. (See November 6, 2013 post, VoIP Numbering Trial Off to a Slow Start). As a result, Level 3 has reported that it cannot initiate testing of call routing under the numbering trial in the Denver market. It also reports that this issue has created potential problems for other carriers who have requested telephone numbers in the A-block obtained by Level 3 ES in the Denver area, because it is unable to activate that block until it can successfully test routing for calls to telephone numbers in that block. Level 3 urged the FCC to "take action to clarify that carriers like CenturyLink may not refuse to route traffic under these circumstances."

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Topics: interconnection, VoIP, numbering trial

More on the VoIP Numbering Trial

Posted by Sharon Thomas

In last week's post (VoIP Numbering Trial Off to a Slow Start, posted November 6, 2013), I referenced an October 29 ex parte filing by Vonage, in which it reported that AT&T and Verizon had negotiated interconnection agreement amendments with Vonage's CLEC partner in the Atlanta and Boston markets, respectively, while CenturyLink had refused to negotiate a similar amendment in the Phoenix market. The agreements with AT&T and Verizon allow the CLEC partner to deliver PSTN-originated traffic to Vonage's OCN over existing interconnection trunks.

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Topics: FCC, interconnection, VoIP, numbering trial

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, November 11, 2013

Posted by Fran Martens

The Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court, issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Regulatory Bulletin.

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Topics: The Regulatory Mix, IP Transition, interconnection, VoIP, Washington

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