• On February 2, 2011, AT&T Communications of the Midwest, Inc. petitioned the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) to suspend and investigate the intrastate access tariff filed by Aventure Communication Technology, LLC on January 19 of this year. AT&T’s petition closely tracks petitions filed at the IUB on February 1, 2011 by Qwest Corp. and the Office of Consumer Counsel. AT&T argues that Aventure’s tariff should be rejected because “all of Aventure’s rates” are “unjust and reasonable on at least two grounds: (1) that its mirrored rates assume it has low volumes of traffic in rural areas and that it is entitled to implicit subsidies built into those rates; and (2) that it is a known traffic pumper whose business model is aimed primarily at gaming the access system, and it has very few, if any local exchange end user customers actually located in rural Iowa.” AT&T also challenges many of the definitions in Aventure’s tariff, including the terms “constructive order”, “end user”, and “end user premises”. AT&T further requests that the IUB analyze “the actual network facilities and costs associated with providing local exchange service to its local exchange customers actually located in Iowa.” Docket TF-2011-0012.
  • The New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) will hold its first meeting in its proceeding to examine the intrastate switched access rates of Verizon-New York tomorrow, 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.