- On December 16, 2010, the New York Public Service Commission (NY PSC) voted unanimously to initiate an investigation into Verizon’s intrastate access rates. The decision arises from the high-cost fund proceeding in which several carriers argued that any reform must address Verizon’s intrastate rates which Sprint claims are four times higher than Verizon’s interstate rates. Hal Lenox, president of AT&T New York, stated that the NY PSC’s “examination of this issue represents a major step towards ensuring that today’s regulatory landscape is in keeping with the state’s competitive environment…. Updating intrastate access rates is critical to enhancing competition. The Commission’s decision today is an important step toward ensuring that rates accurately reflect the choices available to New Yorkers in today’s competitive market.” NY PSC staff will shortly issue a notice on the investigation, and interested parties are expected to convene early in 2011 to begin examining Verizon’s intrastate rates. Docket No. 09-M-0527.
- Also on December 16, 2010, the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PA PUC) voted to defer its consideration of an administrative law judge’s decision in a complaint case initiated by Verizon Pennsylvania against three CLECs. The Commission now will review the decision at its next meeting on January 13, 2011. The 2007 complaint names Choice One Communications of Pennsylvania, Inc., FiberNet Telecommunications of Pennsylvania LLC, and CTC Communications Corp. and alleges that the intrastate access rates of those carriers are impermissibly higher than their interstate rates. All parties’ claims and defenses rest on Pennsylvania statute 66 Pa. C.S. § 3017(c) which permits CLECs to charge rates above those charged by ILECs if the higher rates are “cost justified.” The ALJ’s decision found that the CLECs’ rates were not cost justified and proposes that Choice One issue a refund to Verizon of over $2 million dollars for charges imposed prior to 2007. In addition, all three CLECs would be required to issue refunds of charges imposed after July 1, 2007 based upon an overcharge percentage. Docket Nos. C-20077672, C-20077674 and C-20077676.
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