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Subscriber Line Charge Database Expanded to Include Canada

Monday, October 14, 2013

Tele-Tech Services has added data for Canadian telecom service providers to our Subscriber Line Charge Database.

This database of the monthly rates charged by service providers is used for billing, auditing, and by other service providers as competitive information.

While the data set has been popular among our clients for many years, data for business lines from 50 Canadian service providers was released this month.

For additional information, including a list of service providers included, please contact Kim Russo at 843-879-5030 or krusso@kfrservices.com.

Rural Carriers Expand Local Calling Areas

October 1, 2013

Researchers at Tele-Tech Services report that several Rural Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (RLECS) in Texas, South Dakota and Kentucky are expanding their local calling areas. In some cases, providers are extending the local area by as much as two LATAs.

Thacker-Grigsby Telephone Company’s April 2013 tariff filing reveals why. The Kentucky RLEC is attempting to offset its higher local calling prices, by offering local rates to areas that, in the past, would have been considered long distance. Thacker-Grigsby serves four counties in eastern Kentucky.

Rural carriers are complying with an FCC mandated three-step rate floor, in order to continue receiving high-cost loop support.  Local residential calling rates increased to $10 in July 2012. This past July, the rate went up to $14. The Wireline Competition Bureau will set rates in 2014 and after.

These changes are part of the 2011 Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation Reform Order. The rate-of-return reform portion aims to reduce what Commissioners believe is an over-dependence on high-cost support, which keeps rural rates artificially low. The national urban average is $15.47.

Here are some of the updates we’ve made to our local data since June 2013:

  • TX – Nortex Communications increased the local calling scope for all of its exchanges to include toll free calling to all exchanges in the Dallas LATA (552) and the Wichita Falls LATA (548) under Project 41519.
  • TX – Southwest Texas Telephone Company enlarged local calling areas from its exchanges to exchanges in LATA 566, where 210 and 830 are the primary NPAs under Project 41457.
  • TX – Peoples Telephone Cooperative enlarged local calling areas by allowing toll free one way local calling scope within all exchanges owned by company under Project 41374.
  • TX – Cap Rock Telephone Cooperative enlarged the local calling area with a toll-free calling scope within the entire Lubbock LATA 544 under Project 41340.
  • TX – Alenco Communications enlarged the local calling areas slightly by removing an optional EAS and replaced with a mandatory toll free local calling scope (ELCS) to allow local calls to Laredo and calls to Mexia and Grossbeak from Donie.
  • SD, NE, WY – Golden West Telephone Cooperative is a large company that contains many smaller rural companies: Kadoka Telephone, Vivian Telephone, Sioux Valley Telephone all D/B/A Golden West Telephone.  The expanded local calling is described as “Golden West is expanding your local calling area”.  The new expanded local calling areas are located on each side of the Missouri River with toll free calling to all Golden West areas on each side of the Missouri River; basically two way toll free calling within all exchanges owned by Golden West.
  • KY – Thacker-Grigsby  Communications offered their customers a new Limited Extended Area Calling plan.  Residential  customers have 1,000 free minutes per month, business customers have 1,500 free minutes per month to call the seven surrounding counties, including over 30 additional exchanges.

By expanding local calling areas, do you think RLECs can retain their customers?  What consequences might this have on intercarrier billing? We want to hear your opinion. Leave comments below.

MTA IQ Delivery Change

Friday, July 27, 2012

Effective September 1, 2012, the delivery date for MTA IQ updates from Tele-Tech Services will change from the 28th day of the month to the 30th.

MTA IQ allows you to operate with a true view of access-billable and non-access-billable wireless traffic. By associating each NPA-NXX with the correct Major Trading area (MTA), MTA IQ provides accurate wireless jurisdiction information per the FCC’s rules.

Contact Customer Service if you have questions, custserv@telecomdb.com or 800-433-6181.

Tele-Tech Data Changes

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tele-Tech researchers report more than 19,000 changes to the End User Common Line (EUCL) charge database in July.

Major changes usually occur in January and July, although some of the changes this month can be attributed to the Universal Service Fund/Intercarrier Compensation Transformation Order.

The following states had changes to Subscriber Line Charges (SLC) for business or residential rates:

  • Alabama: AT&T residential rates
  • California: Frontier residential rates
  • Idaho: Frontier and Qwest business rates
  • Illinois: AT&T business rates
  • Michigan: Frontier North residential rates
  • New Mexico: Qwest business and residential rates
  • Texas:  Verizon business rates
  • Utah: Qwest business and residential rates
  • Virginia: Verizon business and residential rates

Updates to the EUCL and SLC databases are scheduled to be shipped at the end of July.

Extended Area Service (EAS) files were shipped July 17. EAS changes include local files in Ohio owned by Telephone Service Company and New Knoxville Telephone Company. The rate centers Wapakoneta and Cridersville now have local calling to New Knoxville and 17 additional rate centers.  The New Knoxville rate center can now call Wapakoneta locally. These changes will affect the output of the Localizers for Ohio.

Qwest increased local operator service charges in Idaho. Those files were shipped earlier this month.

AT&T states (formerly known as Bell South) saw an increase in the non-recurring service charge for business installations in all but Louisiana, which is currently $85.00. The service charge increased to $75 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Contact Customer Service if you have any questions, custserv@telecomdb.com or 800-433-6181.

AT&T Increases Rates

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

AT&T has increased Subscriber Line Charges (SLC) again in January. Tele-Tech researchers report that almost all states had an increase in residential and business rates. We blogged back in October that AT&T had increased rates in just nine states.

Questions about these increases can be sent to custserv@telecomdb.com.