• The next three FCC Open Meetings will be held March 21, April 26, and May 16, 2012. We will provide the Tentative Agendas as they are released.
  • Comments on the CenturyLink Petition for Waiver from portions of the FCC Intercarrier Compensation/Universal Service Reform Order (FCC 11-161) are due February 29, 2012, and Reply Comments are due March 15, 2012. The Order establishes rules designed to eliminate “Phantom Traffic” — telephone traffic that lacks information necessary for carriers to determine how that traffic is classified — and determines what intercarrier charges apply to it. Specifically, it requires that carriers include the Calling Party Number, and the Charge Number if it is different, whenever they hand off a call to another carrier. On January 23, CenturyLink filed a Petition for Limited Waiver, asking to be exempted from these requirements when (1) it is acting as a long-distance carrier, and 2) it uses Multi-Frequency signaling instead of SS7. A copy of the petition can be found here. The Public Notice announcing the comment deadlines can be found here.