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SBC VoIP Access Tariff Creates Stir at FCC

Lisa Minter (
Mon, 22 Nov 2004 11:06:22 -0500

COMMUNICATIONS DAILY via NewsEdge Corporation :

An SBC plan to offer a new VoIP access tariff that might raise the
cost of completing calls for VoIP providers has triggered talks
between FCC and SBC representatives. FCC officials wouldn't talk about
the meetings but there was speculation the agency was seeking
assurances from the company.

SBC's proposed tariff, which the company said it planned to file no
earlier than Fri., would offer VoIP providers a voluntary access
method whose price would fall between those of traditional access
charges and lower-cost reciprocal compensation. SBC's tariff could
take effect 24 hours after it's filed, although the FCC might halt it
for investigation if parties filed objections. The agency also might
halt the tariff on its own. News of SBC's plan began to raise red
flags for some VoIP providers, including members of the VON Coalition,
this week.

FCC Chmn. Powell told reporters the FCC needs to be careful that the
tariff request not force the agency to "inadvertently or prematurely
try to solve compensation issues in an ad hoc sort of way." Speaking
after an appearance at a TV conference sponsored by CNBC Wed., Powell
said that would be his main concern -- "that we are not undermining a
direction we are trying to take" in the intercarrier compensation

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Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 12:15:12 -0500
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Subject: BellSouth Petition to FCC Threat to VoIP, Says Pulver
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By Charlotte Wolter

A recent petition by BellSouth Corp. to the FCC 'might cause
serious problems' for VoIP service providers, says Jeff Pulver,
president and CEO of

The petition could limit "the ability of unaffiliated ISPs and VoIP
application service providers [without their own underlying telecom
transmission facilities] to continue to be viable providers of VoIP
services," he continues.

The petition, which Pulver calls "this season's sleeper issue"
asks for changes to two areas of FCC rules: the so-called
Computer Inquiry Rules and features of the common-carriage
requirements for broadband networks. BellSouth is asking for
'forbearance' on both rules.

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