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Developments in intercarrier compensation
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • January 10 2011

On January 4, 2011, the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) dismissed, in part, the complaint of AT&T Communications of the Midwest, Inc. against several rural LECs after several of the LECs settled with AT&T


Developments in intercarrier compensation
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • November 1 2010

On October 28, 2010, Verizon filed an Ex Parte letter with the FCC stating that "there is widespread acknowledgement that the current intercarrier compensation (ICC) system is broken and requires comprehensive reform."


In the courts
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • February 6 2012

On January 31, 2012, a New York appeals court affirmed a trial court’s sanctions against EchoStar Satellite for its failure to preserve documents relating to Cablevision’s $2.5 billion breach-of-contract action against it


In the courts
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • May 23 2011

On May 17, 2011, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the FCC’s order staying the petition of North County Communications for payment of traffic termination charges while North County petitioned the California PUC to set a rate


Broadband news
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • March 8 2010

On March 1, 2010, Eugene Huang, FCC Director of Government Performance and Civic Engagement for the National Broadband Plan, spoke at a summit hosted by MIT's Center for Future Civic Media as part of the FCC's National Broadband Plan on "Broadband and Civic Engagement."


Telecom privacy news
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • March 29 2010

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court last week in City of Ontario v. Quon, Case 08-1332. EFF said that text messages should be entitled to constitutional privacy protections prohibiting warrantless law enforcement searches


Developments in intercarrier compensation
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • March 31 2010

On February 18, 2010, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied the motion of AT&T-Illinois to dismiss claims by Global NAPs Illinois, Inc. that the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) violated federal communications law and due process in holding that GNAPs owes AT&T terminating access charges for Voice-over-Internet-Protocol traffic under the parties’ interconnection agreement


Compliance notes
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • June 28 2010

Carriers providing international services, including those providing service via resale, are required to make their annual Section 43.61 International Traffic Data and associated revenue filing by July 31, 2010


Federal Trade Commission (FTC) developments
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • July 5 2010

The FTC has reached a settlement agreement with JAK Productions, Inc., a Georgia-based telemarketing company, and its corporate owner for allegedly having “abandoned” millions of calls when consumers answered their phones


In the courts
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • July 26 2010

On July 20, 2010, Chief Judge Karen Schreier of the US District Court for the District of South Dakota, over the objections of the plaintiff (Splitrock Properties) and defendant (Qwest Communications), referred the three principal issues in that access-related litigation to the FCC