• On September 21, 2012, Texas Public Utility Commission (TPUC) Staff issued a recommended decision supporting the petition of GTE Southwest, Inc. d/b/a Verizon Southwest for deregulation in an additional 27 Texas markets pursuant to PURA § 65.052(b). That statute requires the TPUC to deregulate a market with a population of at least 100,000, or a market with fewer than 100,000 residents, if there are at least two unaffiliated competitors in addition to the incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) that provide voice communications in all or part of the market, without regard to the technology employed. Based on Verizon’s affidavits and its own research, TPUC staff concluded that AT&T and Sprint provide service in each of the 27 markets, which include the towns of Arcola, Argyle, Ballinger, Bartonville, Caldwell, Dripping Springs, Falfurrias, Ferris, Floresville, Fredericksburg, Hawkins, Howe, Justin, Kyle, Lyford, Myrtle Springs, New Waverly, Palacios, Palmer, Pilot Point, Reno, Springtown, Tawakoni, Van, Van Alstyne, Whitesboro, and Wimberley. On July 27, 2012, the TPUC granted Verizon’s previous request for deregulation in 57 other Texas markets. Docket No. 40646.