• On January 20, 2011, Verizon appealed the FCC’s Open Internet Order in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In a press release, Verizon stated, “We are deeply concerned by the FCC’s assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation of broadband networks and the Internet itself. We believe this assertion of authority goes well beyond any authority provided by Congress, and creates uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers.” Verizon’s press release is available here. To view the Notice of Appeal, click here.
  • On January 11, 2011, the New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) announced that the first meeting in its proceeding to examine the intrastate switched access rates of Verizon-New York will be held February 8, 2011. Sprint had petitioned the NYPSC to examine the rates, claiming that Verizon’s intrastate rates are four times higher than its interstate rates. In the meeting notice, the NYPSC stated that “the justification for continuing intrastate access charges at current levels should be re-examined … . Because we have not considered access charges for many years, and significant changes have transformed the market and regulatory environment, the time has come to reassess Verizon’s intrastate access charges.” Docket No. 09-M-0527.
  • On January 18, 2011, Bandwidth.com, Inc., a privately held telecommunications company based in North Carolina, announced that it has signed a commercial agreement with the Verizon wireline companies under which the parties will terminate each other’s VoIP traffic at a rate of $0.0007 per minute. This rate will apply to all traffic that originates from or terminates to a VoIP end user. John Murdock, President of Bandwidth.com, stated that “[f]or too long, uncertainty over what charges apply to VoIP traffic has served as a wall to the innovations customers want and the lower prices they need. We are delighted to be working with Verizon in reaching a commercial deal that hopefully will serve as a path for the industry and service providers to move forward and better serve customers.”
  • On January 14, 2011, AT&T Texas filed a status report with the Public Utility Commission of Texas stating that AT&T and Sprint Spectrum, LP have not yet reached a settlement to their ICA dispute but that negotiations are still ongoing. AT&T filed its complaint against Sprint in October of 2009, alleging that Sprint was failing to pay AT&T the proper charges for inter-MTA traffic under the parties’ ICA as a result of Sprint deliberately routing this traffic over trunks dedicated to local traffic. AT&T also alleged that Sprint failed to update the related billing factor after AT&T quantified the misrouted traffic. AT&T asserts that Sprint owes approximately $1.1 million. In its status report, AT&T requested until February 21, 2011 to continue further negotiations. Docket No. 37610.