• On August 3, 2011, a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PAPUC) administrative law judge (ALJ) denied the petition for emergency relief filed by Core Communications, Inc. on which we reported in the August 1 edition of This Week in Telecom. Core sought unpaid intercarrier compensation from Verizon Pennsylvania, Inc. and Verizon North, Inc. that was invoiced pursuant to the parties’ interconnection agreement (ICA). The ALJ stated that because “the price of emergency relief is so high, it is considered to be a radical remedy and should be used quite sparingly.” The ALJ further found that the public interest was not served by granting emergency relief, ruling instead that “the public interest is served if the ICAs that two companies enter are followed and enforced, not abrogated when their terms are inconvenient. The greater interest is best served when parties are required to abide by the terms of the contracts entered voluntarily.” Although the ALJ denied the petition for emergency relief, she nevertheless certified the issue for immediate review by the full PAPUC. Docket No. P-2011-2253650.
  • Also on August 3, Aventure Communication Technology LLC filed with the Iowa Utilities Board an opposition to the motion of AT&T Communications of the Midwest, Inc. and Sprint Communications Company, L.P. to suspend or modify the procedural schedule set by the Board in the complaint proceeding in which Aventure requests the establishment of an intrastate terminating access rate for so-called High-Volume Access Services (HVAS). Under the HVAS rules, a local exchange carrier (LEC) serving a high-volume customer must negotiate an access rate with interexchange carriers (IXCs) for terminating high-volume traffic. If they are not able to agree, the Board will establish a rate. Unless one of those results is obtained, however, the LEC must terminate the traffic for free. Aventure asserted in its opposition that it “is concerned that the true motive of the IXC group in this case is to prevent the Board from ever establishing a rate for intrastate HVAS traffic.” Docket No. FCU-2011-0002.