• On August 14, 2012, the Texas Public Utility Commission (TPUC) granted a motion filed by Sprint Communications Company L.P. to hold its complaint against CenturyLink, Inc. in abeyance for one month while the parties pursue settlement negotiations. Sprint filed its complaint against CenturyLink on July 19, 2012, alleging that CenturyLink was violating the terms of the parties’ interconnection agreement (ICA) by refusing to accept orders for, or provide already ordered, interconnection trunks that Sprint claims to need to enable it, and its wholesale customer Suddenlink Communications, to provide competing facilities-based voice telephone service in CenturyLink’s service territory. Sprint asserted that CenturyLink’s “actions are effectively preventing competitive entrance into its territory.” In addition to damages, Sprint sought an injunction that would prohibit CenturyLink from “refusing to provision new service orders or augment existing facilities and from interfering with the operation of local interconnection facilities and services governed by the ICA.” Then on August 10, 2012, Sprint filed a motion to hold the case in abeyance while the parties negotiate a possible settlement to the dispute, stating that the “parties are close to reaching a final resolution of their disputes and, therefore, anticipate that a hearing may not be necessary, but will not be certain of that for several days.” In its order granting Sprint’s motion, the TPUC directed Sprint and CenturyLink to either request a dismissal of the complaint or file a status report with the TPUC by September 4, 2012. Docket No. 40576.