The FCC has announced that the Universal Service Contribution Factor (“Contribution Factor”) for the Fourth Quarter of 2008 will remain at 0.0114 or 11.4%. The new rate becomes effective October 1, 2008, and remains in effect until December 31, 2008
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Annual FCC regulatory fees for FY 2008 are due today, September 25, 2008, no later than midnight (11:59 PM). Pursuant to the FCC’s rules, it is not sufficient that a fee payment is postmarked by the deadline. Rather, payments must
The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) recently issued a Public Notice requesting comments on Compass Global, Inc.’s (“Compass”) Request for Review of USAC’s 12-month revision deadline and other administrative procedures. In its Request, Compass raises questions about whether USAC acts in
Recent FCC NAL Cites VoIP Provider for Failing to Provision E911 and Respond Truthfully to Letter of Inquiry
On August 15, 2008, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued two consecutive Notice of Apparent Liabilities (“NALs”) against Cardinal Broadband, LLC (“Cardinal”) for failure to supply E911 to customers of its interconnected VoIP service and for failure to provide correct
Global Crossing Bandwidth, Inc. (“Global Crossing”) recently filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) challenging USAC’s mandate that wholesale carrier’s are vicariously liable for all USF contributions of resellers if those resellers fail to adequately contribute to the
On August 8, 2008, the FCC issued its Fiscal Year 2008 Regulatory Fee Order. (“FY 2008 Regulatory Fee Order”), which was initiated in order to collect $312,000.000 in regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2008 (“FY 2008”). The Commission will collect
The FCC has just released a Public Notice soliciting comments on IDT
IDT Corporation, parent of prepaid calling card industry leader IDT Telecom (“IDT”), recently filed a Petition for Review with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) asking the FCC to reverse certain USAC Universal Service Fund (“USF”) compliance audit conclusions pertaining IDT’s
FCC Issues Notice of Apparent Liability to IDT Corporation for Violation of 47 U.S.C. § 220, 47 C.F.R. § 43.51 and 47 C.F.R. § 64.1001
On July 10, 2008, the Federal Communications Commission (the “Commission” or “FCC”) released a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture stemming from the Commission’s finding that IDT Corporation (“IDT”) violated Section 220 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended,
AT&T recently filed three significant requests with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) seeking clarification of legal and regulatory issues regarding Intercarrier Compensation, IP-Enabled Services, and the Universal Service Fund. In these requests, filed jointly on July 17, 2008, AT&T asks
Last week, our firm distributed to all clients engaged in the prepaid calling card services industry a Client Advisory detailing the implications of recent federal and state law enforcement actions on the marketing activities and trade practices of the industry.
In its Telecom Decision CRTC 2008-17 (“the Order”), released on March 3, 2008, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”) overhauled its rules governing competitive access to ILEC wholesale services in Canada. In particular, the Order adopted new categories for
On June 30, 2008, the Federal Communications Commission released an Order affirming the Universal Service Administration Corporation’s (“USAC”) classification of audio-bridging services as “telecommunication” for purposes of the Universal Service Fund (“USF”). In this ruling, the Commission held that all
The deadline for filing FCC Form 499-Q with the Universal Service Administrative Company (“USAC”) for the Second Quarter of 2008 is August 1, 2008. All providers of telecommunications services and interconnected VoIP services are required to complete Form 499-Q and
On June 11th, we advised you that the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and several State Attorney General Offices (“SAGOs”) have initiated legal proceedings attacking the sales and marketing practices of the prepaid calling card industry as being unfair and deceptive.
FCC Reverses USAC Decision; Directs USAC to Accept Revised FCC Form 499–Q After 45–Day Filing Deadline
In a surprising and rare move, the FCC reversed a decision of the Universal Service Administrative Corporation (“USAC”) to reject a revision to a quarterly FCC Form 499-Q, which was filed outside of the normal 45-day deadline for filing revisions.
The FCC has announced that the Universal Service Fund Contribution Factor (“USF Contribution Factor”) applicable during the Third Quarter of 2008 (“Q3 2008”) will be .114 or 11.4%. The Q3 2008 USF Contribution Factor represents a 0.1% increase from the
The Federal Trade Commission and several States have initiated legal proceedings to address alleged illegal practices taking place within the prepaid calling card industry. These new efforts, which directly follow a lawsuit filed by IDT Telecom, Inc. against rival prepaid
On May 20, 2008, the FCC has released an order in which it granted, in substantial part, a formal complaint filed by payphone service provider billing aggregator, APCC Services, Inc. , against Radiant Telecom, Inc., Intelligent Switching and Software, LLC,