FCC Votes to Hasten Copper Retirement and Notification Process, Hopeful for IP/Fiber Upgrades

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The FCC today adopted rules that would make it easier for telecom service providers to replace traditional copper infrastructure with fiber. The copper retirement reforms include eliminating a requirement for certain consumer notices, eliminating discontinuance requirements involving wholesale-only services, enabling service providers to discontinue certain...Learn More

Text to 911 Poses Technology, Funding and Political Challenges

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The ability to send text messages to 911 anywhere in the U.S. could enhance public safety answering points’ (PSAPs’) ability to respond to emergency situations – and could be particularly important when the person contacting the PSAP is unable to place a traditional phone call....Learn More

With Verizon-CWA Copper Settlement, Union Forces Verizon’s Landline Hand

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A complaint filed with the Pennsylvania public utilities commission has driven a Verizon-CWA copper settlement involving maintenance of the company’s traditional landline network infrastructure. Verizon union workers represented by the CWA argued that the company was in violation of statutory obligations to provide adequate service...Learn More

FCC Won’t Regulate Most Business Data Services Pricing, Aims to Speed Copper Retirement

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The FCC today opted not to regulate pricing for most business data services and began a process aimed at making it easier for service providers to retire copper networks. The moves on business data services pricing and copper retirement came during the commission’s monthly meeting....Learn More

Verizon Exec Outlines Digital Transformation Revenue Opportunities for Carriers

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Major enterprises today are embracing the concept of digital transformation in much the same way that they embraced the concept of virtualization a few years ago. The goal is to use the cloud, mobility and other advanced technologies to transform business processes to gain a...Learn More

Traditional Phone Service Phase Out Rules Adopted by FCC with Demanding Requirements

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After years of debate, the telecom industry’s technology transition is finally underway, dictating a traditional phone service phase out plan. The commission today voted to adopt rules designed to transition “switched access” service in FCC parlance to more modern technology. In establishing new rules, however,...Learn More

Telco Network Transformation: Just Don’t Mess Up the Revenue Thing

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Telco network transformation is a popular topic in today’s industry circles. Conventional wisdom says all telcos are in some form of transformation mode, moving from a hardware-based TDM legacy to a software-based IP future. But there’s a lot to think about regarding this transition, with...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

Exec: AT&T ESInet Targets E911 Modernization, TDM-to-IP Transition

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A new AT&T ESInet offering aims to bring a higher level of standardization to E911 modernization – a move that could help minimize modernization costs for public service answering points (PSAPs) while also making it easier for AT&T to achieve its own network modernization goals....Learn More

USTelecom Makes Its Case Against Special Access Regulation

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USTelecom argues its case against special access regulation in a three-piece set of white papers issued late last week. USTelecom represents incumbent telecom carriers, including the nation’s largest telcos AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink. The move comes at a time when the FCC is considering whether...Learn More

AT&T Filing to Discontinue Operator Services Offers a Blast from the Past

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Collect calls could become a thing of the past if AT&T has its way. The company has filed a petition with the FCC for permission to discontinue the service, along with other operator assisted offerings such as international directory assistance. The move represents AT&T’s latest...Learn More

FCC Could Ease Telecom Unbundling Requirements

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The Federal Communications Commission is considering eliminating certain network unbundling requirements for the nation’s largest telecom service providers, said senior FCC officials on a call with reporters last week. Former Bell companies would not have to unbundle voice-grade channels on fiber links, according to an...Learn More

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