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Have you ever asked, “How do I dial 911 from this phone?”

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TMI_Logo-294627-edited.pngPeople who work at a variety of locations often see different phone systems at each office.  Individual phone systems may have a different code to get an outside dial tone. Many offices require you to dial 9 first, while others require you to dial 8. Read More

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New California Broadband and Voice Reporting Due April 28, 2017

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TMI_Logo.pngIn order to analyze the status of competition in California, the Public Utilities Commission has a new annual reporting obligation for providers who are required to submit FCC 477 reports.  Read More

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Mining Gold from your FCC Form 477

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Imagine working at a company that has a detailed snapshot of its entire customer base every six months.  That snapshot includes each customer’s physical location and mix of services purchased.  Oh, and throw in a snapshot of service availability for future customers.  Wouldn’t that be great!  Imagine how useful that data would be to all departments for planning purposes and performance evaluation. Read More
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VoIP Regulation: More than you thought?

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VoIP Requirements

As I participated in our product demonstration last week on the VoIP Requirements publication, I was reminded how diverse VoIP regulation is across the nation. The FCC and state regulatory agencies impose certain operational requirements, financial obligations, and reporting requirements on VoIP providers that can be challenging to track by jurisdiction.

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Preparing For 911 Reliability Certification October 2015 Deadline

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TMI 911 Reliability CertificationRecently, the FCC clarified rules for 911 reliability certifications (TMI Regulatory Bulletin Service subscribers see Bulletin dated 8/3/15). Remember, in 2013, the FCC adopted rules requiring entities that route 911 calls and number or location information to PSAPs to implement either industry best practices or alternative measures that are reasonably sufficient to ensure 911 reliability? Covered providers must make annual compliance certifications to the FCC. Your company is a “Covered” provider if:

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FCC Adopts Rules for the IP Transition

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FCC IP Transition

At its August 6, 2015, Open Meeting the FCC adopted two items regarding the IP transition.  The first item is a Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing various issues associated with retirement and discontinuance of copper networks.  Read More

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FCC Conditions for the AT&T/DirecTV Merger and What to Expect

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Technologies Management, Inc.In its Order approving the AT&T/DirecTV merger See TMI’s Regulatory Mix dated 7/28/15, the FCC imposed various conditions to address the potential harms posed by the transaction and confirm certain benefits offered by the transaction.  Read More
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ILEC Retail Rates: How high will they go? Part 3

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ILEC Retail RatesNow that the year is half over, it’s time to raise rates again!  In my earlier blogs on this topic (“ILEC Retail Rates – How high will they go?” dated 12/1/14 and “ILEC Retail Rates: How high will they go? Part 2” dated 2/2/15) I noted several trends in rate increases across the nation. Read More
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California Approves New Electricity Rate Design Structure

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Energy Competition

At last week’s agenda meeting, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a plan to transition the state’s residential customer electricity rates to a more effective and cost-based structure. Read More

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What Do VoIPs Have to Prove to Get Numbers Around Here?

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FCC VoIP Requirements

The FCC has released the text of its order allowing interconnected VoIP providers to obtain numbering resources directly from the Numbering Administrator. See our blog “FCC Says VoIP Providers Can Get Numbers Directly” dated 6/19/15. Read More

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