• On December 2, 2010, the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) extended the procedural deadline from December 9, 2010, to December 9, 2011, in the complaint proceedings initiated by Pac-West Telecomm, Inc. against wireless carriers Sprint Spectrum, L.P., Cricket Communications, Inc., T-Mobile West Corp., and Verizon Wireless. Pac-West alleged in its complaints that these carriers were unlawfully withholding compensation for the work Pac-West performs in terminating their intrastate, intraMTA traffic. The Administrative Law Judge hearing these consolidated cases previously recommended postponing decision pending the DC Circuit Court’s resolution of the MetroPCS petition to review the FCC’s refusal to set a rate for intraMTA traffic termination by CLECs. In deciding to extend the deadlines, the CPUC stated that Pac-West’s complaints raise “complex issues concerning the interaction of state and federal telecommunications law.” Docket Nos. C0912014, C1001019, C1001020, and C1001021.
  • On November 30, 2010, CLECs Westelcom Network, Inc. and DFT Local Service Corp. filed a formal complaint with the New York Public Service Commission against Verizon New York alleging that it has been charging the CLECs improper dedicated transport charges under the parties’ interconnection agreements. Westelcom alleges that it is directly interconnected with Verizon at two Verizon’s central offices, while DFT alleges that it is directly interconnected with Verizon at the latter’s tandem switch in Buffalo. Because the CLECs are directly interconnected with Verizon, they argue that there can be no dedicated transport “when a CLEC collocates in a Verizon office and connects to Verizon in that same office, because all that is involved is a simple cross-connection between the POT bay and Verizon’s frame.” The CLECs are seeking a declaratory ruling that they are not liable to Verizon for these dedicated transport charges and a refund of all such charges previously paid. Docket No. 10-C-0604.