• On August 24, 2011, the Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) filed a brief with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PA PUC) opposing Verizon North, LLC’s transiting services tariff. Verizon filed the tariff on April 5 of this year, claiming that the rural local exchange carriers (RLECs) represented by PTA were using Verizon’s network for years without payment, and that the tariff was designed “to bring to an end the RLECs’ free use of Verizon’s network to transit their local traffic to other providers.” In response, PTA filed a complaint with the PA PUC on April 22, and the PA PUC suspended the tariff until December 2011 while it investigated its legality. In the August 24 brief, PTA asserted that those transiting services had never been tariffed, and this issue has only arisen because competitive LECs and CMRS providers indirectly route their traffic to the rural LECs, including PTA members. PTA argued that it “is illogical, inequitable and unlawful to require the RLECs to pay for and subsidize the CLECs and CMRS providers’ use of Verizon’s network to establish an indirect interconnection with the RLECs, by forcing the RLECs to then pay for facilities not on their network to reach the CLECs and CMRS providers.” The PTA is urging the PA PUC to reject the tariff and instead require Verizon to negotiate interconnection agreements with the RLECs that outline the rates, terms and conditions for terminating local transit traffic. Docket Nos. R-2011-2234464, C-2011-2237456, R-2011-2234462, C-2011-2237496.