Cable operators are in an interesting position to drive new competition in the wholesale special access market, giving CLECs the ability to connect their multi-site business customers in areas where they can't economically reach with their own facilities today.
During its November open meeting on Friday, the FCC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) related to the proposed transition large service providers are making from traditional TDM to IP, with an eye on consumers and small businesses that rely on services that may not be supported following a transition.
Chip Pickering, one of the key architects behind the landmark 1996 Telecom Act, took over the helm at Comptel as CEO in January. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, caught up with Pickering at Comptel's fall show to talk about his first nine months on the job and how he sees the growth of Comptel and the changing competitive service provider landscape.
From the desks of engineers to the halls of Congress, there is excitement and interest around the ongoing IP transition in communications. There are especially lively discussions about what government can and should do to smooth the transition. Suggestions range from modest adaptation of existing FCC rules to a wholesale overhaul of the Communications Act itself.
Verizon is wasting no time firing back at critics who say its plan to retire copper facilities in Ocean View, Va., and Belle Harbor, N.Y., is going to cause harm to consumers.
Debate has been raging on about our public telephone network as it transitions to support more IP traffic. And at the heart of the large incumbent telcos' argument is that they are building "new networks," while competitors seek to maintain the status quo with their "old networks" and "old technology." Nothing could be further from the truth.
COMPTEL and a group of competitive service providers, including Level 3 and tw telecom, have asked the FCC to not approve AT&T's proposed TDM-to-IP trials in Alabama and Florida until the telco makes a number of "significant modifications" to its plan.
The time to innovate couldn't be any more pressing for the wireline telecom industry as traditional operators look to shut down 100-year-old TDM networks and transition to all-IP infrastructure. FierceTelecom profiles eight up-and-coming executives meeting the demands of a changing landscape.
Comptel, the trade association representing the competitive telecom service provider segment, has named former Mississippi Congressman Chip Pickering as its CEO.
Some of Dutch operator Ziggo’s existing systems are being replaced Comptel’s convergent mediation so