- On July 10, 2012, Qwest Communications Co., LLC filed a notice of supplemental authority with the New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) requesting that it consider a recent Colorado Public Service Commission (CPSC) decision concerning off-tariff access agreements. On March 20, 2012, the NYPSC recently dismissed Qwest’s July 2009 complaint as against MCIMetro Access Transmission Services LLC, d/b/a Verizon Access Transmission Services, in which Qwest alleged that LECs, including Verizon, were unreasonably discriminating against Qwest by entering into off-tariff agreements for intrastate switched access service. The NYPSC found that the Verizon-AT&T switched access arrangement was not unreasonable and that Qwest could “not have been able to adopt the terms of the Agreement because it lacked a CLEC affiliate in New York capable of terminating intrastate switched access traffic.” Qwest filed a petition for rehearing with the NYPSC on April 17, 2012, arguing that the CPSC recommended decision (Decision Number C12-0276) should be followed by the NYPSC. Qwest asserts that the CPSC ALJ rejected similar defenses raised by Verizon in that proceeding, specifically that the “reciprocal” terms of the off-tariff agreement “justified the discrimination against” Qwest. Docket No. 09-C-0555.
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Developments in intercarrier compensation
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- July 16 2012
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