• On March 29, 2010, PAETEC Communications filed an Ex Parte presentation with the FCC expressing support for the proposal in the National Broadband Plan for a 10-year phase-in for intercarrier compensation reform. PAETEC urged the FCC to reiterate that carriers must pay a tariffed rate that they dispute and seek relief later, and it proposed that the FCC establish an expedited mediation process to resolve those disputes. PAETEC concluded by asking the Commission not to outlaw reasonable business practices such as revenue sharing when a LEC offers local services and competes for high-volume customers. WC Docket 07-135.
  • On March 26, 2010, Verizon filed an Ex Parte presentation with the FCC urging it to issue a declaratory ruling “that makes clear it is per se unreasonable for local exchange carriers (LECs) to charge access on traffic associated with a revenue-sharing agreement.” Verizon asserted that such arrangements are “directly analogous” to a recent declaratory ruling in which the Commission found that certain parties were generating fraudulent video relay service calls in order to claim compensation from the TRS Fund which is designed to benefit deaf Americans. Verizon also took issue with a recent economic analysis of free conference calling services by the former Chief Economist of the FCC, Dr. Alan Pearce, arguing that “the long distance market has nearly evaporated.” Verizon also asserted that the IXCs’ opposition to free calling services is not motivated by protecting their competing conferencing products. Verizon concluded by claiming that “if a LEC enjoys enough of an access charge windfall that it can share access revenues with a conferencing or other business partner in order to drive up traffic volumes even further, then the LEC’s rates are by definition excessive.” WC Docket 07-135.