Telecommunications Alert: FCC Denies A CLEC Petition Asking That Its IP-PSTN Traffic Be Free from Access Charges


On January 21, 2009, the FCC released an order1 denying a petition by Feature Group IP, a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) serving certain VoIP providers, requesting forbearance from applying access charges to “voice-embedded Internet communications.” The FCC found that the statutory forbearance criteria2 were not satisfied.

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