FIRMS PITCHING FCC IN FAVOR OF CURRENT ACCESS CHARGE REGIME

A conference call provider and a Native American-owned telco are meeting with FCC officials this week in an effort to convince the agency that it does not have to alter the current access charge regime to encourage broadband service expansion to unserved areas.

Officials with FreeConferenceCall.com and Native American Telecom, LLC argue that the existing fee system can encourage economic development on tribal lands and other rural areas because the money such carriers make from traffic terminating on their networks allows them to invest in infrastructure that they otherwise couldn't afford. Read More...

Interview with Telecommunications Reports

UNLIMITED CALLING PLANS CAUSE LARGE TELCOS TO DISCOURAGE CALLS, CONFERENCE PROVIDER SAYS

The nation's largest telcos are trying to dictate to their customers who they can call when they protest calls to free conferencing and other voice services that largely contract with rural incumbent local exchange carriers to provide their offerings, the president of FreeConferenceCall.com said today. Read More...

Google Limits Call Blocking?

Look at some of last week's headlines: 'Google Says it Will Limit Call Blocking', 'Google Defends, Scales Back Call Blocking' and 'Google Tells FCC it's still Blocking Calls, but fewer of them'

The story was everywhere. In every major news outlet. And there was news there alright but it wasn't that Google was going to "reduce" the number calls it was blocking. After all, Google did not say how many calls they were blocking in the first place. Read More...