Is Your Telecom Company Wasting Money on “Common Carrier Compliance” for its “Private Carrier” Services?

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Is Your Telecom Company Wasting Money on “Common Carrier Compliance” for its “Private Carrier” Services?

FCC PRONOUNCEMENT CLARIFYING THE SCOPE AND CONTOURS OF THE PRIVATE CARRIAGE EXEMPTION FROM TITLE II REGULATION OPENS DOOR TO MEANINGFUL REDUCTION IN REGULATORY BURDENS AND FEES AT BOTH THE FEDERAL AND STATE LEVEL

True to President Trump’s calls for massive, across the board reductions in federal government regulations to stimulate investment and job growth (and in line with our post-election prediction), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently handed the telecommunications industry a major win by both clarifying and endorsing de-regulation through invocation of the “Private Carriage” regulatory classification. This advisory highlights the importance, potential scope, and risks associated with this major development, and invites affected service providers to contact our firm to determine:

  1. Whether your Company and its bottom line may be impacted by the confirmation and clarification of the private carrier exemption,
  2. Whether opportunities to lower regulatory costs exist and what your company can do to capitalize on the FCC’s clarification (at both the FCC and state utility commissions),
  3. Whether additional operational or procedural changes may be needed to enhance your Company’s ability to capitalize on the deregulatory opportunities unleashed by the FCC’s action, and
  4. What actions must be taken to broaden the scope of the private carrier exemption to cover providers of Interconnected VoIP service.

If you are interested in evaluating your company’s eligibility to take advantage of the private carriage exemption; or if you have questions about the Business Data Services Order, please contact Jonathan Marashlian at (703) 714-1313, or jsm@commlawgroup.com.

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