Richard Shockey <richard(_at_)shockey(_dot_)us> wrote:
From: George Willingmyre [mailto:gtw(_at_)gtwassociates(_dot_)com]
I do not know what is the meaning of the sentence,
"we expect all carriers to negotiate in good faith in response to requests
for IP-to-IP interconnection for the exchange of voice traffic."
Does anyone have insight?
I read it "If you don't play nice .. we're going to make you." You are
going to eat your Broccoli and like it and no whining ..
Hopefully someone better informed than I will respond, but I have
dealt in FCC-speak... :^(
IMHO, they're talking "obligation to interconnect" between "carriers"
as required by actual law.
"interconnect" in FCC-speak means exchange voice traffic at a
"feasible" point. "Carriers" means a regulated voice provider.
Thus, they mean to "expect" these regulated entities to negotiate
a point of interconnection where they speak IP instead of e.g. SONET.
And, yes, they will (eventually) force them to interconnect (using
IP) whether or not the "negotiations" succeed.
Speaking only for myself, I don't read it to impose anything except
on regulated "carriers", and they're opening up themselves to forcing
a particular mechanism and point of connection when negotiation fails.
This, of course, creates an opportunity to educate FCC folks on the
actual technical issues of voice interchange at IP level...
John Leslie <john(_at_)jlc(_dot_)net>
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