FCC Gets Plenty of Advice on IP Transition

Internet Innovation Alliance Says Geographic Tests Needed; Comptel Believes in Establishing Interconnection Rights for VoIP

The Internet Innovation Alliance has asked the FCC to OK geographic trials of the transition from traditional copper wireline to IP-delivered telecommunications services, while Comptel raises red flags over such trials and advises the FCC that however it tests IP delivery, it should make sure that interconnection rights and obligations don't get lost in the move.

That came in reply comments on the FCC's request for input on AT&T's proposal of such trials. Actually, the FCC is kicking the tires on several approaches to testing IP delivery, including AT&T's, but has not given the go-ahead.

IIA, whose members include AT&T and Alcatel Lucent (which supplies IP transport and management equipment) says it is time to approve local market trials and speed the transition to IP, and as a consequence to the high-speed broadband the Obama Administration is pushing for.

Comptel, which represents the competitive carriers that benefit from mandatory interconnection, argued in its comments Wednesday (Aug. 7) that the best thing the FCC could to do speed the transition would be to declare that access rules apply to VoIP interconnections just as they do with traditional wireline ones.

"[T]here needs to be widespread VoIP interconnection prior to any forced transition of end-user customers to VoIP services through a trial or permanently," said the group.