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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
FCC ADOPTS DECLARATORY RULING
Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Declaratory Ruling
and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to help facilitate the offering of Calling Party Pays
(CPP) as an optional wireless service to consumers in the United States. CPP has the potential to
promote the development of local competition and to provide an important new alternative to
consumers who have not previously used wireless extensively.|
CPP is a service offering whereby the party placing the call to a wireless customer pays the wireless airtime charges. Most wireless subscribers in the U.S. now pay both to place calls and to receive them. CPP is a service offered widely abroad by wireless providers, and on a much more limited basis by some providers of cellular, paging and Personal Communications Service (PCS) in the United States.
In today's proceeding, the FCC is seeking to remove regulatory obstacles to the offering to consumers of Calling Party Pays (CPP) services by Commercial Mobile Radio Services (CMRS) providers. With today's action, the FCC hopes to help ensure that the success or failure of CPP offerings to reach its potential reflects the commercial judgments of service providers and the informed choices of consumers, both wireless and wireline, rather than unnecessary regulatory or legal obstacles and uncertainties.
In today's CPP Declaratory Ruling and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking the FCC took the following actions:
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