FCC: Blocking calls to Iowa not OK

May 4, 2007 § 2 Comments

GigaOm, the best telecom blog around, has the scoop on the most recent development of the drama between the major carriers v. Iowa telcos & the freeconference.com ilk of service providers. Apparently the FCC told the major carriers to stop blocking and or artificially degrading the quality of calls to the Iowa services set up to arbitrage intercarrier compensation rules.

“If you have a dispute about the intercarrier compensation rules, you can file petitions, and come to the commission to get redress,” Martin said. “But you can’t just stop letting consumers make those calls.”

Muy interesante. These calls allegedly cost AT&T more than $250 million this year already. The intercarrier compensation rules were first made in 1984 post AT&T break up. The FCC decided to “fundamentally re-examine” the rules in 2001 and have been debating how to do so ever since.

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