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Commission Sides with SIP Trunk and VOIP Users on 911 Fees

In a victory for enterprise users that rely on SIP trunking and other VOIP services, on October 30, 2019, the FCC released a Declaratory Ruling stating that states and municipalities “cannot charge the same class of subscribers total 911 fees that are higher for VoIP services than for traditional telecommunications […]

The European Electronic Communications Code May Benefit You

I.  Introduction Since the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) was released in December 2018, many in the industry have described its effects on providers of EU telecoms and communications related OTT services. None have analyzed the EECC’s impact on large business end-users of those services and how they can benefit […]

FCC Invites Comment on Pole Attachment Issues Related to 5G

The wireless industry continues to push for almost tariff-like regulation of communications attachments on utility poles. Despite prior statements by the FCC favoring negotiated agreements, the wireless industry is now asking the FCC to prohibit a utility pole owner from even attempting to reach a negotiated agreement, ironically stifling the […]

The FCC’S Newly Reformed Rural Healthcare Program

The Commission’s Rural Healthcare (RHC) Program is divided into two parts: (1) the Telecommunications (Telecom) Program; and (2) the Healthcare Connect Fund Program. The Telecom Program, established in 1997, subsidizes the difference between urban and rural rates for telecommunications services. The Healthcare Connect Fund, which was created in 2012, provides […]