Key Regulatory Developments For Enterprise Customers

Blaszak, Jim; Boothby, Colleen
January 2005
Business Communications Review;Jan2005, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p54
Trade Publication
The article focuses on key decisions made by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the federal courts in 2004, that will affect the interests of enterprise customers. The author says that enterprise customers are likely to face heavy weather--in the form of fewer choices, higher prices and lower service quality--as a result of those decisions. This is not because of direct rulings against customers, but because of rulings that are likely to further undermine the development of competition in the telecommunications industry. The bell operating companies won major victories in 2004 that dim the already bleak prospects for competition in local exchange markets. At the root of these victories lies the lengthy and complex August 2003 order by the FCC known as the Triennial Review Order. Services based on Internet protocol (IP) technologies attracted considerable industry and regulatory attention in 2004, and will draw even more interest in 2005. Voice-over-IP attracted most of the press coverage.


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