The Federal Communications Commission is postponing a controversial vote on how phone companies pay each other for long-distance calls that traverse their networks, reports CNET--a vote that also has important implications for the fund that supports the federal e-Rate. The commission was expected to vote Nov. 4 on a proposal spearheaded by Chairman Kevin Martin that would have drastically changed intercarrier compensation, the complex system established between phone companies for paying each other for connecting long-distance calls. It also would have changed how fees are assessed and collected for the Universal Service Fund, which helps phone companies provide service in...

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