• On September 28, 2011, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) issued an order suspending the proposed tariff amendment of OmniTel Communications, Inc. and docketing it for further investigation. In 2008, Verizon filed a complaint against OmniTel alleging that it was unlawfully attempting to impose intrastate access charges on calls destined for conference calling companies served by OmniTel. The case settled, and as part of the agreement OmniTel filed a tariff amendment on August 29, 2008 establishing a "Contract Offer" provision that would allow any other interexchange carrier (IXC) to receive the same terms and conditions that were in the settlement agreement. The terms and conditions of the Contract Offer expired on July 1, 2011. On September 1, 2011, OmniTel filed a proposed amendment extending the special contracts term to July 1, 2014, which continues to state that an IXC may not challenge traffic that is ultimately delivered to free or low-rate conference calling services. The Iowa Consumer Advocate moved to reject the proposed tariff amendment, arguing that it is inconsistent with the IUB's High Volume Access Services (HVAS) rules adopted in 2009. The IUB agreed, in part, with the Consumer Advocate. The IUB did not, however, reject the proposed tariff amendment outright as requested, instead suspending the tariff and directing OmniTel to respond to the Consumer Advocate's motion within 30 days. Docket No. TF-2011-0095.
  • On September 27, 2011, the Florida Public Service Commission (FLPSC) established a procedural schedule in the complaint proceeding of Bright House Networks Information Services against Verizon Business Service. The complaint alleges that Verizon is refusing to pay intrastate access charges to Bright House for VoIP traffic. Pursuant to the FLPSC order, direct testimony will be due November 1, 2011, and rebuttal testimony will be due December 2, 2011. The hearing is set for March 6, 2012, with post-hearing briefs due April 13, 2012. Docket No. 110056-TP.