• On July 20, 2011, competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) Eschelon Telecom of Colorado, Inc. d/b/a Integra Telecom, McLeodUSA Telecommunications Services LLC d/b/a PAETEC Business Services, and tw telecom of Colorado, LLC filed a motion for preliminary injunction with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that would prevent Qwest from adopting changes to its Operational Support Systems (OSS). The PUC recently denied the motion of Qwest and CenturyLink to dismiss the CLECs' complaint alleging that those carriers are violating conditions contained in a multi-state merger settlement agreement from November 2010 related to OSS. The CLECs assert that Qwest announced it will retire and replace its OSS with a new repair system before the end of 2011, despite the fact that the terms of the settlement agreement require Qwest to use and offer the legacy Qwest OSS for a two-year period. Docket Nos. 10A-350T and 11F-436T.
  • On July 15, 2011, South Dakota LECs Midcontinent Communications, Knology of the Plains, Inc., and Knology of the Black Hills, LLC filed a voluntary motion to dismiss their complaint against Verizon Business Services with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (SD PUC) after the parties reached a settlement agreement. The LECs alleged in their complaint that Verizon had refused to pay intrastate access charges associated with VoIP traffic. Verizon previously sought to have the case dismissed or stayed, arguing that the SD PUC lacked jurisdiction over VoIP traffic, which is interstate in nature. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Docket No. TC10-096.