Andy Regitsky’s 2019 Telecom Regulation Forecast
Throughout 2018, the Republican-dominated FCC – much to the delight of price cap ILECs and ISPs – started to gut many long-standing telecom regulations…from net neutrality and switched access arbitrage to UNEs and bedrock special access services. And, the FCC didn’t stop there. They also jumpstarted proceedings on rural call completion, pernicious fraud in the Lifeline program and the issue of annoying – and unwanted - robocalls. That’s an audacious agenda. But some question the extent of the FCC’s success and at a time where political and judicial influence in FCC decisions is at an all-time high, 2019 shapes up as a referendum year on the current FCC.
Attend and tap into Andy’s always insightful analysis of 2019 as he outlines:
• The lingering net neutrality court battles…and ISP tactics and strategies absent any FCC oversight.
• Whether or not the USTelecom petition to eliminate UNE requirements will succeed
• FCC efforts to stamp out longstanding arbitrage in toll-free 8YY and overall switched access markets
• The looming possibility of an abrupt and total move to bill-and-keep for all switched access services.
• Potential FCC action to deregulate special access for rate-of-return ILECs
• FCC plans for Lifeline, robocall, and rural call completion.