• On December 8, 2010, the Ohio Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to deny a motion filed by the Ohio Consumer Counsel requesting that the Commission hold formal hearings as part of its investigation into intrastate access charge reform. On November 3 of this year, the Commission commenced an investigation pursuant to its previous proposal to restructure intrastate access rates in order that they are no higher than a carrier’s interstate access rates. ILECs would be compensated for lost revenues through a mechanism called the “Access Restructuring Fund.” AT&T, CenturyLink, Windstream Ohio, Inc., and other carriers urged the Commission to deny Consumer Counsel’s request for hearings, characterizing it as “premature and unnecessary.” Docket No. 10-2387-TP-COI.
  • On December 6, 2010, AT&T Texas filed a letter with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (TX PUC) stating that it has resolved its dispute with Sprint as to whether Sprint was entitled to a three-year extension of the parties’ interconnection agreement. Sprint initially filed a complaint in July 2009 seeking to port the parties’ Kentucky interconnection agreement to Texas, but after an adverse ruling issued by the TX PUC, it sought to extend the parties’ existing Texas interconnection agreement pursuant to AT&T-BellSouth Merger Commitment 7.4. In its filing, AT&T stated that the parties “expect to report further on or before January 6, 2011.” Docket No. 37174.