Rural telcos ordered to open up to VoIP

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It’s not a vision, it’s an order, VoIP for all. The FCC has ruled that incumbent local exchange carriers must connect to VoIP services, overruling two state public service commission opinions.

The decision was taken after Time Warner Cable filed a petition, in which the cable company complained that the South Carolina and Nebraska public service commissions had allowed rural local exchange carriers to refuse access to wholesale telecom vendors connecting to Time Warner’s VOIP service.

In a statement, the FCC explains that opening the telecoms market to VoIP providers “ensures that consumers in all areas of the country reap the benefits of competition in the form of lower prices, innovative services and more choice.” Meanwhile, Time Warner found out that four other states required local carriers to connect with the wholesale vendors.

Mar 5, 2007 | By Nuno

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