Table of Contents - August 15, 2018

Order Establishes Intermediate Provider Registry, Denies Stay

In an effort to improve rural call completion, the FCC today established a registry for intermediate providers - that is, providers that handle calls between the originating and terminating providers - and required intermediate providers to register with the FCC "before offering to transmit covered voice communications."

The third report and order and order in Wireline Competition docket 13-39 also rejects a request by the U.S. Telecom Association for a stay of certain provisions of the rural call completion order that the FCC adopted earlier this year (TR Daily, April 17). Specifically, USTelecom had sought a stay of provisions requiring covered providers to monitor intermediate providers, pending completion of the rulemaking proceeding to implement the directives of the Rural Call Completion Act signed into law by President Trump in February. The RCC Act called for the establishment of the intermediate provider registry as well as service quality standard for those providers.

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