FCC Updates Rules for Technology Transitions

Firm Advisory, August 5, 2016 The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has again updated to its rules to further reduce regulatory burdens on carriers transitioning services from copper-based, analog networks to fiber and IP-based networks and services.  In a Declaratory Ruling, Second Report and Order, and Order on Reconsideration (FCC 16-90) released July 15, 2016, the FCC…

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FCC Issues Tariff Investigation Order and FNPRM to Reform Regulation of Business Data Services (f/k/a Special Access Services)

On May 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released an Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) that (a) resolve a 2015 investigation into the terms and conditions of tariffed pricing plans of certain large ILECs associated with special access services, which the FCC now refers to as Business Data Services (“BDS”), and (b) seek comment on a proposal to replace the existing fragmented BDS regulatory regime with a new technology-neutral regulatory framework.

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FCC ISSUES NPRM ON IP TRANSITION ISSUES

FCC ISSUES NPRM ON IP TRANSITION ISSUES The Federal Communications Commission has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to adopt new rules addressing issues arising as communications networks transition from timedivision multiplexing (“TDM”) to Internet Protocol (“IP”) technology. Among the FCC’s proposals are rules that, if adopted, will affect issues of importance to many competitive carriers,…

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NEW YORK COMMISSION CONDUCTING COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION OF COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

NEW YORK COMMISSION CONDUCTING COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION OF COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES: REGULATORY AND LEGISLATIVE REFORM LIKELY TO OCCUR FOLLOWING WIDE-RANGING STUDY The New York Public Service Commission is undertaking a comprehensive examination of communications in New York, which will culminate early next year in a report to the Governor and Legislature. The proceeding will examine data relating to all…

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NEW YORK PSC TO REDUCE ORIGINATING ACCESS RATES

NEW YORK PSC TO REDUCE ORIGINATING ACCESS RATES The New York Public Service Commission (“PSC”) has today issued an Order that would require originating access charges of all carriers to transition to a rate of zero over a seven-year period. The PSC’s transition largely mirrors the approach taken by the FCC in phasing-out terminating access charges in the…

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NEW YORK PSC INITIATES INVESTIGATION OF CLEC SWITCHED ACCESS CONTRACTS

Firm Advisory:  NEW YORK PSC INITIATES INVESTIGATION OF CLEC SWITCHED ACCESS CONTRACTS  On March 20, 2012, the New York Public Service Commission (“PSC”) issued an Order that effectively initiates a proceeding based on a Qwest Complaint alleging intrastate switched access rate discrimination by several named and to-be-named CLECs.1  The Qwest Complaint, which was filed nearly…

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