Resolution Regarding Traffic Pumping
WHEREAS, Traffic Pumping (Access Stimulation) is the artificial stimulation of switched access traffic to small rural LECs with high inter- and intrastate switched access rates partnering with free calling service companies offering “free” conference calls, adult and pornographic chat, and international calling;
WHEREAS, these small rural LECs collect switched access revenues from long distance carriers and share them via secret contracts with the free calling service companies;
WHEREAS, Traffic Pumping is a significant and growing problem within the Telecommunications industry;
WHEREAS, the FCC has amassed a large record on traffic pumping activities in its Traffic Pumping Notice of Proposed Rule Making and through a number of informal and formal complaints;
WHEREAS, the FCC stated in the National Broadband Plan that the traffic pumping business model should be curtailed in order to maintain the integrity of the intercarrier compensation regime;
THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, that ALEC encourages the FCC act expeditiously to resolve traffic pumping issues; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that ALEC encourages state commissions also to resolve traffic pumping issues and encourages state legislatures to ensure that current statutes do not enable or promote traffic pumping practices.
Approved by ALEC Board of Directors on January 7, 2011.