Tag Archives: Appeals

Commission Resolves Long-Pending Stratos and Morris USF Contribution-Related Petitions

In orders issued last week, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) continues what appears to be a trend of resolving long-pending universal service fund (USF) contribution issues.  The Orders, released May 23, 2017 and May 24, 2017 by the Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau), ruled on petitions filed by, respectively, Morris Communications, Inc. (Morris) and Stratos … Continue Reading

Strange Coalition Petitions Court of Appeals to Bypass FCC on VoIP Access Charges

A diverse group of telecom companies and trade groups have jointly submitted a supporting brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Paetec v. CommPartners appeal.  The Joint Brief includes ILECS like AT&T and Verizon, CLECs like Neutral Tandem, and normally contrary trade associations like USTA and the VON Coalition. Although these parties have wildly … Continue Reading

Court of Appeals Upholds FCC on ISP-Bound Calls

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has upheld the FCC’s November 5, 2008 ruling continuing the rate cap on CLEC intercarrier charges for dial-up Internet calls.  In Core Communications v. FCC, decided January 12, 2009, the Court found "no legal error in the Commission’s analysis" and thus affirmed the agency’s decision.  This ruling presumably ends a protracted set of challenges … Continue Reading