WCB Grants Rural Call Completion Waiver, Addresses MF Signaling

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The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) has addressed two petitions for waiver of the FCC’s rural call completion recording, retention, and reporting requirements. First, the WCB has conditionally granted AT&T Services, Inc.’s request for limited waiver of the rural call completion requirements for traffic carried over certain portions of AT&T’s Core and non-Core networks. Second, on its own motion, the WCB has clarified that all providers that are subject to the FCC’s rural call completion rules do not have to record, retain, and report call information where the terminating local exchange carrier (LEC) switch only supports multifrequency signaling (MF signaling) technology. AT&T and CenturyLink had requested waivers of the call completion rules in instances where a terminating LEC switch only supports MF signaling. AT&T’s waiver and the WCB’s clarification are effective immediately.

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