Those of us who are interested in the history of telecommunications in the US recall the different "plans" (eg. Ozark) that were developed by NARUC and were implemented by the FCC. Well, the issue of intercarrier settlements has arisen again because of the emergence of VoIP and the recent wave of mergers in the telecommunications industry. As a result, NARUC developed the "Missoula Plan". A very brief presentation about the motivation and the expected outcome can be found here; the text of the plan is here.
It is interesting to view this matter in the context of carrier interconnection and universal service. Interconnection has long been an object of contention between carriers (see this for a recent rendition); and many have argued that universal service funding is seriously flawed (see this, for example).
Do you think the Missoula Plan makes progress toward resolving some of these issues?
Interconnection, Internet, Missoula plan, NARUC, Universal Service