• On July 13, 2012, the Maryland Public Service Commission (MD PSC) ruled that Verizon Maryland, Inc. violated its interconnection agreement (ICA) with Core Communications, Inc. by delaying interconnection at two of three wire centers. Core’s complaint was originally filed in 2002 after Core alleged that Verizon was unreasonably denying Core’s request to interconnect at Verizon facilities located in Mount Airy, Damascus, and Salisbury. Core made similar allegations against Verizon in a separate case that concerned Verizon’s Baltimore wire center and which ultimately resulted in a decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of Core in 2010. In that case, the court of appeals found that Verizon had violated the FCC’s interconnection rules by failing to provide Core with timely interconnection that was technically feasible. In light of the Fourth Circuit’s decision, the MD PSC ruled that Verizon had violated the terms of the parties’ ICA with respect to interconnection at Salisbury and Mount Airy, concluding that if “facilities were not available, the ICA required that Verizon cooperate in good faith so that both parties could develop alternative solutions to accommodate Core’s interconnection request. Verizon failed to cooperate in good faith, thereby preventing a more timely interconnection with Core.” The MD PSC did not, however, find sufficient evidence that Verizon violated the parties’ ICA with respect the Damascus facility. Docket No. 9005.