• On September 19, 2011, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) denied a motion filed by Qwest Corp. d/b/a CenturyLink seeking an emergency order requiring Royal Telephone Company to continue processing Qwest special access orders. On August 16 of this year, the IUB directed Royal to “(a) cease and desist from all plans to discontinue service to Qwest and (b) to immediately restore service to Qwest, to the extent service has been discontinued prior to issuance of this order.” The dispute between the carriers centers on Qwest’s allegations that Royal is seeking to collect access charges on calls that do not originate on its network. Qwest claims that Royal and an affiliate LEC, Terril Telephone Company, share common ownership with a telemarketing company, Cadre. Cadre receives local exchange service from Terril, but its telemarketing traffic is routed to numbers in the Royal exchange before being rerouted to the called party. When Qwest refused to pay access charges for this traffic, Royal filed a notice with the IUB stating its intent to disconnect Qwest, which then initiated this proceeding. In its September 19 order denying Qwest further injunctive relief, the IUB ruled that it will hold a conference between the parties to narrow the issues in dispute and determine how to proceed. Docket No. M-0470.