Depending on the ILEC
and your geographical location, you may receive one or
more paper (hard copy) summary invoices for each billing
cycle / billing period that reflect the products and services
purchased from that particular ILEC.
Each paper invoice is
supplemented by an electronic version (multiple cd's,
NDM transmissions, tapes) that provides the complete backup
details of all charges. These electronic billing data
files are the primary source of information for which
the ILEC bills the CLEC.
Local Audit Software was
one of the first products on the market that completely
interprets and deciphers the full contents of every invoice.
Local Audit Software's
unique proprietary import schema guarantees full data
interpretation coupled with ultra fast processing speeds.
During the import process
the software compartmentalizes all data elements supplied
with each billing data file. This is critical because
the data elements and resulting data tables are used during
data validation and dispute identification.
In addition, Local Audit
Software is fully backward compatible allowing the CLEC
to audit historical billing data files beginning with
June 1998 for purposes of trending & analysis and
historical comparisons to data in their billing systems.
The method by which the
Local Audit Software reads and analyzes the ILEC billing
data files is in complete adherence with the Carrier Access
Billing Specification / Billing Output Specifications
(CABS - BOS) as per Telcordia documentation.
Invoice Data Validation:
During the validation
process, Local Audit Software examines all data elements
and performs a variety of calculations ( "internal
audit") on the billing data files.
The validation routine
compares the totals of all detail records to the summary
records for each category within each billing invoice
and/or data file.
Thereby assuring that
detailed data elements do exist and support the total
amount of dollars you where billed.
As a result of these validation
routines, any validation errors incurred are flagged and
stored in order that detailed reports can be generated
to substantiate dispute claims with the ILECs.