• On October 20, 2011, the Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC) closed a tariff investigation proceeding initiated by AT&T Communications of the Southwest, Inc. and Southwestern Bell Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T Missouri against Hypercube Telecom, LLC. On September 29, AT&T had filed a motion to suspend and investigate Hypercube’s proposed intrastate switched access tariff. AT&T asserted that Hypercube’s proposed “end user” definition “improperly expands the term in such a way that could potentially permit Hypercube to impose end office switched access or carrier common line rates when those services are not provided.” AT&T also objected to Hypercube’s proposed definition of “constructive order”, arguing that it would allow Hypercube to charge for services not requested by other carriers. On October 17, however, AT&T informed the MPSC that the parties were able to resolve their dispute after Hypercube revised its proposed “end user” definition. AT&T stated that “since Hypercube’s service at this point is limited to providing tandem switching, AT&T does not presently have a concern with the constructive ordering language.” Docket No. TA-2012-0048.
  • Also on October 20, the MPSC announced that it is opening an investigation into rural call completion in response to the petition of several rural local exchange carriers (LECs), including Chariton Valley Telephone Corporation, Choctaw Telephone Company, and Mid-Missouri Telephone Company. The LECs asserted that they have received an increasing number of complaints over the last eight to twelve months that long-distance calls are failing to complete. They complained of calls that fail to ring for the calling party, of pre-recorded messages stating the call could not be routed, and of low-quality service such as calls in which one party cannot hear the other. In its order opening the investigation, the Commission scheduled a workshop for November 7, 2011, and directed Staff to file an initial report of its findings by January 6, 2012. Docket No. TO-2012-0104.