Embarq Petition Asks FCC to Forbear VoIP Providers from Claiming Exemption from Access Charge


On January 11, 2008, the Embarq Local Operating Companies (“Embarq”) filed with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) a Petition for Forbearance claiming that Embarq and other LECs face a growing number of disputes about the appropriate compensation for terminating non-local calls routed to the public switched telephone network (“PSTN”) that originated in Internet Protocol (“IP”). According to Embarq, “increasingly, some carriers are claiming that their IP-to-PSTN voice calls are exempt from access charges because of a regulation that the FCC created in the 1980’s for enhanced service providers (“ESPs”).

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