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Voice Interconnection

Yesterday’s Framework, Tomorrow’s Service

May 9, 2014

9-10:30 a.m. ET

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The 1996 Telecommunications Act created a unique regulatory framework for local phone companies. Specifically, the legislation set rules for how incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) would interconnect with other telecommunications companies, and on what terms. Currently, voice networks are undergoing a behind-the-scenes revolution, largely invisible to the consumer, and built on investments in IP technologies and fiber optics that provide a platform for delivering better and more efficient voice services. As a result, networks are now radically different from the voice network structure that existed at the time the Act was passed. The competitive situation has also changed dramatically from 1996 when competition for local voice services was largely illegal. Today, there are a multitude of competitors in the voice services market through wireless, cable and over-the-top applications in addition to the companies that once held monopoly shares of the local voice business. This event will examine how the nation’s current regulatory structure works — for example, what are “local access and transport areas” and what role do they play in determining how carriers interconnect phone calls, and then evaluate how best to approach voice interconnection going forward.

Continental breakfast will be available.

8:30-9 a.m. Registration (for in-person attendees)
9 a.m. Welcome
  Walter McCormick, President and CEO, USTelecom
9:05-9:35 a.m. Keynote Presentations
  Bennett Ross, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP
  Curtis Groves, Assistant General Counsel, Federal and State Legal Affairs Organization, Verizon
9:35-10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Matthew Schwartz, Wireline Editor, Communications Daily
Panelists: Hank Hultquist, Vice President, Federal Regulatory Division, AT&T
  Karen Reidy, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, COMPTEL
  Glenn Richards, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman