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Carriers Offer Differing Views about the VoIP Numbering Trials

Posted by Sharon Thomas

AT&T, Bandwidth.com, Inc. and Vonage Holdings, Corp. each submitted comments last week in response to the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau's (WCB) January 31 report regarding the results of the VoIP numbering trials. (See TMI previous Blog Postings Update on VoIP Numbering Trial: War of Words Continues; and The Regulatory Mix – Tuesday, February 4, 2014). The WCB report found that the trials demonstrated the technical feasibility for interconnected VoIP providers to obtain telephone numbers directly from the numbering administrators and did not identify technical problems regarding number exhaust, number porting, VoIP interconnection, or intercarrier compensation. However, the report noted that some carrier disputes arose regarding interconnection and porting that caused some issues during the trials.

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Topics: FCC, VoIP, numbering trial

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, February 13, 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, 911, California, numbering trial

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, February 4, 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, Net Neutrality, The Regulatory Mix, VoIP, NPA, numbering trial, Ohio

Update on VoIP Numbering Trial: War of Words Continues

Posted by Sharon Thomas

In our last episode of the VoIP Numbering Trial saga (November 13, 2013 post, Level 3 Reports Same Obstacles as Vonage in Numbering Trial), I reported that Level 3's VoIP affiliate, Level 3 ES, was unable to test call routing in the Denver market due to CenturyLink's refusal to allow its traffic to be routed via the existing Level 3 CLEC interconnection trunks. This was the same issue that Vonage raised with respect to its numbering trial in the Phoenix market, where CenturyLink is also the incumbent LEC  (November 6, 2013 post, VoIP Numbering Trial Off to a Slow Start).

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Topics: FCC, VoIP, regulatory consulting, numbering trial

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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VoIP Numbering Trial Off to a Slow Start

Posted by Sharon Thomas

Beginning in June 2013, the FCC authorized what is supposed to be a six-month trial during which five VoIP service providers are allowed direct access to telephone number resources. The five providers - Vonage, SmartEdgeNet (d/b/a Edge Communications), Wiltel Communications (an affiliate of Level 3), Millicorp, and IntelePeer - have begun filing the status reports required by the FCC. Initial reports were to be filed 60 days after each company requested direct access to numbers with monthly reports filed thereafter. So far, all five providers have filed at least their initial reports, but only Vonage has reported any ported - or new numbers in service - the other four carriers are still in the testing stages.

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Topics: FCC, interconnection, VoIP, numbering trial

NARUC Resolutions Include VoIP Numbering Trials and Lifeline Reform

Posted by Amy Gross

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Board of Directors adopted four telecommunications resolutions at its Summer Committee Meetings in Denver, Colorado.

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Topics: Lifeline, VoIP, numbering trial, NARUC

FCC Approves VoIP Numbering Trials - UPDATE

Posted by Sharon Thomas

Update of original TMI Blog posted 6/18/13.

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FCC Approves VoIP Numbering Trials

Posted by Sharon Thomas

The FCC approves five VoIP number trial proposals. The 6-month trials will begin June 17, 2013 and will be conducted by Vonage Holdings Corp, SmartEdgeNet, LLC, WilTel Communications, LLC, Intelepeer, Inc. (formally VoEx, Inc.), and Millicorp.

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Topics: FCC, VoIP regulation, numbering trial

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