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Day: October 14, 2020

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 (“The Act of 1996”) moved to break up telecom monopolies by requiring local exchange carriers to allow their rivals use of individual (or “unbundled”) network components to reach customers. In the twenty-four years since then, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has repeatedly scaled back the unbundling requirements where telecom competition …

FCC Order Grants ILEC Wishes: Scaled Back Network Unbundling Rules and Avoided-Cost Resale Requirement to be Phased-Out Read More »

On Friday, October 9th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) upheld existing rules governing when private telecommunications lines must contribute to the federal Universal Service Fund (USF). Mixed use private phone lines will continue to be assessed for USF contribution under the so-called “10% Rule” first established in 1989 and most recently affirmed by the FCC’s …

FCC Order Confirms and Clarifies Application of “10% Rule” and Jurisdictionalization of Private Line Revenue for USF Purposes Read More »