Verizon and Bandwidth.com Agree to Exchange VoIP Traffic at $0.0007
With intercarrier compensation reform once again on the front burner at the FCC (see our January 19 post), Verizon appears to be sending a strong signal about the direction it wants rates to go. On January 18, 2011, Bandwidth.com announced that it reached an agreement with Verizon to exchange all traffic originating from or terminating to a VoIP end user at $0.0007/mou. Bandwidth.com’s press release announcing the “commercial agreement” can be found here. Carriers seeking to reduce access charges or to avoid them altogether for VoIP traffic will surely point to this agreement as “marketplace” evidence in support of these positions.