AT&T Asks FCC to Take Action on “Nefarious” Inter-Carrier Compensation Practices

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 AT&T last week asked the FCC to address what it called “nefarious” inter-carrier compensation(ICC) practices including unusually high tandem switching and transport access charges and non-competitive 800-number database dips. In a blog post AT&T noted that such practices are counter-productive to FCC efforts to phase...Learn More

Open-IX Pursues Lower-Reliability Edge Data Center Standards

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At a time when some data center operators are trying to one-up each other on reliability, it might seem surprising to learn that open standards organization Open-IX is moving in the opposite direction. The organization is working on edge data center standards that would be...Learn More

Telecom IPX is Hot Topic at International Telecoms Week

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Telecom IPX is a hot topic, as the results of a survey presented at International Telecoms Week in Chicago yesterday revealed. In a survey of global telecom wholesalers conducted by Capacity Media, 69% cited IP exchange (IPX) as a game changing technology that was on their company’s...Learn More

FCC Approval for Charter TWC Bright House Merger Received

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FCC approval for Charter TWC Bright House merger plans, announced late Friday, means the deal could close soon. The only remaining hurdle is the California Public Utilities Commission, which is expected to vote to approve the deal this week. Charter’s plan to acquire Time Warner...Learn More

Level 3 and Google Reach Settlement-Free Interconnection Agreement

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and BROOMFIELD, Colo., Jan. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) and Google announced they have reached a new multi-year, settlement-free interconnection agreement between their global backbone networks that will help both companies meet their customers’ needs into the next...Learn More

Ritter/ NewWave Deal: Network Interconnection Targets Wholesale Market

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Updated later January 12 Arkansas-based rural network operator Ritter Communications has reached a deal to interconnect its network with that of NewWave Communications, the nation’s 14th largest cable company, which provides communications services to residential and business customers in parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana,...Learn More

CenturyLink/ Cogent: If Free Peering is the Norm, What About VoIP Interconnection?

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Updated November 30 with information from Cogent Press releases about IP interconnection agreements tend to be among the shortest ever written – and an announcement of an agreement between CenturyLink and Cogent today was no exception. The two-sentence release noted simply that the agreement “allows...Learn More

Ethernet Interconnect Points Gain Support, Including From a CLEC

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The Metro Ethernet Forum’s Ethernet Interconnect Point (EIP) project gained momentum last week when Frontier, CenturyLink and competitive carrier TelePacific said they would participate in the rapid prototyping  portion of the project. The EIP initiative aims to create interconnection points through which Ethernet service providers...Learn More

USA Fiber Exec Explains Dark Fiber Peering

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Network operators soon will have a new option for connecting with other network operators at Internet exchange points in the Ashburn, Virginia area. USA Fiber is deploying a seven-mile dark fiber ring interconnecting 35 data centers that serve as common Internet peering points. “Each customer...Learn More

Enterprise Interconnection Survey: 84% Eyeing the Core

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Building telecom and computing links between offices, suppliers and customers is a priority for large business enterprises, one that will transform IT strategies over the next two years, according to data center and interconnection specialist Equinix’s “Enterprise of the Future” survey. Viewed as essential to...Learn More

Copper Retirement Gets FCC Go-Ahead – With Strings Attached

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As expected, the FCC today formalized requirements for telecom service providers that want to retire copper network infrastructure – a move that drew a mixed and passionately-argued response from stakeholders. In an order adopted at today’s FCC meeting, the commission said service providers seeking to...Learn More

ATIS-SIP Forum Reach IP Voice Interconnection Milestone

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Digital telecom convergence has advanced a big step today with the announcement of the first “standardized IP-based network-to-network interconnection (NNI) with consensus spanning North American carriers.” Listed as one of the major objectives of the U.S. National Broadband Plan, the accomplishment was announced July 21,...Learn More

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