TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: SBC To File Tariff With FCC For New VoIP Service

SBC To File Tariff With FCC For New VoIP Service

Lisa Minter (
Wed, 17 Nov 2004 23:07:46 -0500

Jack Decker notes: I have to admit, I don't really understand this at
all, but it looks like it might be significant?

Courtesy of Advanced IP Pipeline

SBC Communications Inc. is planning to introduce True IP to PSTN
(TIPToP) service in the coming week by filing a tariff with the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

TIPToP service is a time division multiplexed (TDM) telecommunications
service featuring switched circuit interfaces specifically designed
for use by a VoIP provider to connect traffic from its IP end users to
end users of the circuit-switched network.

According to SBC officials, TIPToP service is not a mandatory offering
but voluntary. VoIP providers who choose not to purchase TIPToP
service may use other services, "to the extent permitted by existing
tariffs and prevailing law, to connect traffic from their customers to
the circuit-switched network," according to SBC.

According to reports in the Wall Street Journal, SBC's plan will
involve an increase in fees normally paid for interconnection services
-- a rate increase that has reportedly drawn immediate scrutiny from
the FCC.

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