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Independent telcos (often described as Tier 2 and Tier 3) carriers, make up a large and traditional portion of the U.S. telecom market. Key topics covered include regulatory issues, rural network economics, M&A, competitive challenges and more.

Court lends an ear to complaints against FCC's efforts on special access reform

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear further arguments from Comptel-led coalition...

CWA Report: Outsourced call centers pose serious security threat

Union hopes to build support for legislation aimed at discouraging companies from outsourcing call center jobs...

PSTN phase-out workshop endeavors to separate the baby from the bath water

Organized by the FCC, the follow-up workshop illustrates the complexity of transitioning to all-IP networks...

Connect America Fund order details access charge reforms

Access charges to decline to zero within nine years. Until then VoIP providers must pay access charges, but never at intrastate rates. Revenue recovery mechanisms also specified....

What service providers must know about the Connect America Fund order

Broadband latency and capacity requirements imposed. Price cap right of first refusal is on a state-by-state basis. Could a new rural/ rural divide be brewing?...

Halo Wireless defends access charge avoidance methodology

Company leverages wireless network infrastructure to offer termination services for enhanced services provider client...

Cable companies to offer discounted Internet service for low-income users

Plan, which borrows heavily on Comcast's Internet Essentials program, will be part of the Connect to Compete initiative...

NTIA report: Broadband usage up, but broadband education needed

Non-adopters continue to cite a lack of relevancy...

Report argues for interoperability in broadband spectrum bands

AT&T and Verizon have delayed small carrier 700 MHz deployments, Information Age Economics authors argue. Report advocates mandatory interoperability for future sub-1 GHz spectrum auctions...

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