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The CommLaw Group believes that an “informed” client is the very best client. Knowledge is power – the power to predict regulatory trends, to anticipate risks, and to use your knowledge to make adjustments that will help keep your company out of harm’s way. And when our Firm has important or exciting news to announce about developments at our organization, including awards, achievements, hirings and various presentations & webinars, we will share information through News announcements.

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Important State Legal and Regulatory Developments

All telecommunications carriers and VoIP providers providing are advised that regulations detailed within this client advisory may affect the provisioning of certain state specific services, including wireline services, interconnected VoIP, and wireless services.

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Important FCC Regulatory Developments

All telecommunications carriers are advised that the Federal Communications Commission has recently enacted several new regulations including VoIP Disability and TRS Requirements and Revised Section 214 Rules. The Commission has also released a Notice of Proposed Rule-making for rules governing

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FCC Reporting Deadlines – 499Q–PPC–Intl Rpt

The deadline for filing FCC Form 499-Q with the Universal Service Administrative Company (“USAC”) is August 1, 2007. All telecommunications and Interconnected VoIP service providers are required to complete Form 499-Q and report actual revenue data for the Second Quarter

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VoIP E911 Rulemaking

The Federal Communications Commission recently released the text of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in PS Docket No 07-114 and CC Docket No. 94-102, wherein it requests comments on proposed regulations designed to tighten enhanced 911 (“E911”) accuracy and reliability

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Prepaid Calling Card Certifications Due

On June 30, 2006, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a Report and Order classifying all prepaid calling card providers as telecommunications service providers and imposing rules to facilitate compliance with the universal service and access charge requirements. Specifically, 47

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New FCC CPNI Regulations & Annual Certification

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued an Order strengthening its rules governing a carrier’s duty to protect the privacy of its customer’s proprietary network information (“CPNI”). The Order responds to the growing practice of “pretexting,” whereby third parties, most notably

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Prepaid Calling Card Rules–Status of Appeals

Over the past two years prepaid calling card providers have witnessed the rapid and, for many, painful evolution of the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) regulatory oversight of their industry segment. It began in February 2005 when the FCC issued an

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CALEA Compliance Deadline

All clients providing interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol-based (“VoIP”) services and broadband Internet Access services are reminded that the deadline for compliance with the Federal Communication Commission’s new CALEA regulations is May 14, 2007. this deadline was enacted pursuant to

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Universal Service Fund Matters

The April 2, 2007 deadline for filing the 2007 FCC Form 499-A (reporting calendar year 2006 revenue) with USAC is fast approaching. All telecommunications service providers, including Interconnected VoIP providers and entities qualifying as de minimis, are required to complete

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State Regulation of VoIP Update

On January 18, 2008, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri denied Comcast’s attempt to stop the Missouri Public Service Commission (“MPSC”) from classifying Comcast’s cable-based Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) service as a “telecommunications service.”

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Pretexting Law & FCC CPNI Compliance

President Bush signed The Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act of 2006 (“Telephone Privacy Act”) into law, making it a federal crime to engage in pretexting. Pretexting is the practice of fraudulently pretending to be a customer of a phone

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CALEA Monitoring Report

On December 12, 2007, the Office of Management and Budget approved the FCC’s Second Report and Order and Memorandum Opinion and Order in the Matter of Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement and Broadband Access Services (CALEA Second Report and Order,

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FCC Truth–in–Billing Enforcement

On December 29, 2006, local and long distance telecommunications provider, Talk America, entered into a $470,000 Consent Decree with the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Enforcement Bureau to resolve an investigation of Talk America’s compliance with the FCC’s Truth-in-Billing regulations.

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