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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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FCC Form 499–Q (4th Qtr 2007) –– Due Feb. 1, 2008

The deadline for filing FCC Form 499-Q with the Universal Service Administrative Company (“USAC”) for the Fourth Quarter of 2007 is February 1, 2008. All providers of telecommunications services and interconnected VoIP services are required to complete Form 499-Q and

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FCC Expands Third Party Verification Requirements

On January 9, 2008, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), through the Fourth Report and Order in CC Docket No. 94-129, announced revisions to the Third Party Verification Rules embodied in 47 C.F.R. Part 64, as set forth below.

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Notice of Quarterly USF Contribution Factor

The FCC announced that the Universal Service Fund quarterly contribution factor (“USF Contribution Factor”) applicable during the First Quarter of 2008 will be 10.2%. The Q1 2008 USF Contribution Factor represents a 0.8% decrease from the 11% USF Contribution Factor

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AT&T Forbearance Petition Order – Summary and Analysis

On October 12, 2007, the Federal Communications Commission granted a Forbearance Petition filed by AT&T last year; in so doing, the FCC effectively eliminated Title II regulation of AT&T’s packet-switched broadband network and optical telecommunications services currently offered to enterprise

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Ohio Detariffing Initiative

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio released an Opinion and Order in Case No. 06-1345-TP-ORD pursuant to which it has enacted new retail telecommunications services rules as Chapter 4901:1-6 of the Ohio Administrative Code. In connection with the new retail

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Maine Detariffing Initiative

The Maine Public Utilities Commission recently issued an order in Docket No. 2007-234 mandating the detariffing of competitive local exchange and intrastate toll telecommunications services

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FCC Enforcement Policies – Section 214 ToC Violation

All entities holding Domestic and/or International Section 214 Authorizations (“214 licenses”) should be vigilant in ensuring their compliance with applicable Section 214 transactional (i.e., transfer of control/transfer of assets) and discontinuance requirements, as well as routine regulatory filings, such as

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Universal Service Fund Decrease

The FCC announced that the Universal Service Contribution Factor will be decreased to 0.11 or 11% for the fourth quarter of 2007. The new rate becomes effective November 1, 2007 and remains in effect until Q1 2008. This decrease is

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FCC FY07 Regulatory Fees – Extension to VoIP

On August 6, 2007, the FCC issued its Fiscal Year 2007 Regulatory Fee Order. (“FY 2007 Regulatory Fee Order”), which was initiated in order to collect $290,295.160 in regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2007 (“FY 2007”). Regulatory fees for FY

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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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