World Global ConnectionsImagine boarding a cross-country flight and finding yourself next to someone who will be talking on his or her cell phone for the next three hours. Would it make a difference if you knew ahead of time that the flight allowed voice calls?  This scenario is exactly what the Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing.

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Designed to serve as a comprehensive review of Tuesday’s elections, our guide analyzes the 2016 results and looks ahead to the 115th Congress with an in-depth review of upcoming changes to the House and Senate. The presentation further reviews key policy issues facing the President and the Congress, including tax, trade, healthcare, transportation and infrastructure,

On June 14, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order, which classified broadband Internet access service (BIAS) as a “telecommunications service” under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, and imposed on providers a slate of “open Internet” and traditional common-carrier regulations. In

In late November, the FCC issued an Order on Reconsideration updating the telecommunications carrier pole attachment formula in its rules.  Specifically, the FCC adopted modified cost allocators to bring parity to the pole attachment rates for telecommunications carrier attachers and cable company attachers in nearly all circumstances.  The timing of the Reconsideration Order came in

stock_02042015_0363The USA Freedom Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on June 2, 2015. Much is certain about this law, for example, after six months the phone companies, not NSA will hold the bulk phone records but not the content. A new kind of court order will permit the government to analyze them. But for those familiar with the process of phone companies providing call record access to local, state and federal law enforcement today, many questions raised are not addressed in the USA Freedom Act. TeleStrategies is holding a webinar on July 16, 2015 with data retention experts that will address likely solutions and new policies guidelines for the law to be implemented in six months (or by December 2, 2015). Kelley Drye is excited that Steve Augustino will be joining this important conversation.

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On June 11, 2015, the D.C. Circuit rejected U.S. Telecom’s request for stay which would have put the Open Internet rules on hold until the court issued a decision on their legality.  However, the court agreed to expedite its proceedings, and is expected to issue a final decision in the case (no. 15-1063) by early next year.

As a result, the Open Internet Order’s (Order) three bright line rules and the new “general conduct” standard will become effective on June 12.  The reclassification of broadband Internet access service (BIAS) as a telecommunications service and the complementary action forbearing from the application and enforcement of sections of Title II of the Communications Act will also become effective on June 12.
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We now know that the Rural Call Completion rules the Federal Communications Commission adopted in late 2013, and modified in November 2014, have taken effect, with obligations commencing as soon as April 1, 2015.   The rules require certain originating long-distance providers to record, retain, and report information on delivery of long distance calls to rural local exchange carriers (“LECs”) individually and to nonrural LECs in the aggregate. The holdup on the rules taking effect was Office of Management and Budget review of the data collection requirements.
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The Wireline Competition Bureau recently released a draft Eligible Services List (“ESL”) for FY 2015 funding requests for schools and libraries under the E-rate program, and is seeking comment on the draft list for funding year 2015.  Implementing the new E-rate rules, the ESL outlines the category one and two services that will qualify

With new access charge obligations for interconnected VoIP, new contribution obligations for non-interconnected VoIP, and possible outage reporting requirements, 2012 is shaping up as a year of changes for VoIP providers.  Another possible change may be in store for how VoIP providers obtain access to telephone numbers.

Since 2005, various petitions have been pending seeking a waiver of FCC