• On May 18, 2010, AT&T Kansas filed comments with the Kansas Corporation Commission in response to an arbitrator’s order arising from a petition filed by AT&T in January against Global Crossing Telemanagement, Inc. involving a dispute over Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) traffic. The arbitrator agreed with AT&T that VoIP traffic originates and terminates in different exchanges and should be subject to access charges, and not reciprocal compensation as proposed by Global Crossing. AT&T called the arbitrator’s decision “well-reasoned, thorough and even-handed,” but disputed his holding that AT&T should disclose routine network maintenance charges in the parties’ interconnection agreement (ICA). Docket No. 10-SWBT-419-ARB.
  • Also on May 18, Qwest Communications urged the New York Public Service Commission to take notice of an order from the Florida Public Service Commission allowing discovery to proceed in a similar complaint proceeding initiated by Qwest alleging that certain competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) were discriminating against Qwest by entering into off-tariff arrangements with other interexchange carriers (IXCs). In both proceedings, Qwest is seeking damages measured by the difference between the rate it is paying the CLECs and the rate other IXCs are paying pursuant to the off-tariff agreements. Qwest is also seeking an order requiring the CLECs to file all of their agreements with the Commissions. Qwest highlighted the fact that the Florida PSC refused to dismiss its complaint, despite Verizon’s “assertion in its pleadings that it no longer has any undisclosed, off tariff pricing arrangements in effect for switched access services and [Verizon’s] argument that since [it] allegedly was charging Qwest its tariffed rates (and not the off tariff contract prices made available to other carriers), any claim or relief by Qwest was barred by the filed rate doctrine.” Case No. 09-C-0555.