Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa is accusing U.S. telcos AT&T, Sprint and MCI (now owned by Verizon) of short-changing his country by under-reporting the minutes of long-distance calls they connected to Ecuador. The allegations were reported by the Associated Press, and the full story remains unclear, including the details about what sort of fees the companies were supposed to be paying for connecting those calls, as well as how Ecuador's own telcos might have assisted in the alleged scam. The AP report said Correa was awaiting the findings of an auditor hired to figure out how much the country is owed, but the AP story said that no record of the firm he named could be found.
- The Associated Press has this report
Intercarrier compensation is kind of a mess in the U.S.