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World Teleport Association Publishes White Paper on the FCC Funding Mandates

Wednesday, February 6, 2008   (0 Comments)
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World Teleport Association Publishes White Paper on the FCC Funding Mandates for the Satellite Industry

White paper provides critical guidelines for the Teleport industry

(New York City, February 6, 2008) -- The The World Teleport Association (WTA) has released a new white paper on the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) telecom funding mandates and the significant effects they have on satellite service providers operating in the United States. Universal Service: Satellite Service Companies and the FCC Funding Mandates provides an overview and guidelines for U.S. satellite service providers and particularly the teleport community.

Written by White & Case attorney and satellite industry veteran Maury Mechanick, the white paper focuses primarily on the Universal Service Fund (USF) but also covers the Telecommunications Relay Services Fund (TRS Fund), the Local Number Portability Administration (LNPA), and the administration of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). The vast reach of the funding mandates covers all telecommunications companies that provide services between states.

"The white paper came about after several WTA members had raised questions about their obligations for filing under the various FCC funding mandates," explained Mechanick. "The word 'satellite' as used in the mandates, particularly the Universal Service Fund, refers more to operations on the ground than in space. That could be a source of confusion for many teleport operators and satellite service providers."

"These mandates have an impact on most satellite service providers and teleport operators doing business in the United States," added WTA Executive Director Robert Bell. "If your company is not paying attention to this issue, our new white paper will come as quite the eye opener."

An executive summary of the white paper is available on WTA's web site on the Research & White Papers page. Full text is available free to members of WTA and accredited press, and for sale to non-members via the WTA web site at www.worldteleport.org.

About World Teleport Association

Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (www.worldteleport.org) has been the only trade association that focuses on the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world's most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global hybrid carriers. WTA is dedicated to helping teleport operators to improve their operations, develop their markets and grow their businesses within the $13 billion teleport sector of the global satellite industry. Companies that do business with teleports also find that WTA is the best investment they can make to open new channels to the industry.


World Teleport Association
55 Broad Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004 USA
+1 212-825-0218 fax +1 212-825-0075 www.worldteleport.org


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