• Follow-up to our story in the last edition: On October 12, 2010, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) granted a motion for stay filed by AT&T California requesting that its case against Sprint Spectrum L.P., d/b/a Sprint PCS, be held in abeyance while the parties negotiate a potential multi-state resolution to their dispute. AT&T alleged in its complaint that Sprint is improperly delivering interLATA, interMTA traffic over trunks dedicated for local traffic and as a result is failing to pay the appropriate charges for such traffic. Sprint argues that AT&T unilaterally changed the parties’ billing factor contained in their interconnection agreement (ICA) and seeks an order requiring AT&T to refund all payments Sprint has made above the “just and reasonable rate.” AT&T requested that the CPUC hold the proceeding in abeyance until January 10, 2011, and that relief was granted. Docket No. C0909003.
  • Also on October 12, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission issued an order approving an interim settlement agreement between Qwest Corp. and POPP.com, a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC). POPP.com’s August 2008 complaint alleged that Qwest unlawfully began imposing termination fees on customers who switched from Qwest to POPP.com in violation of the parties’ ICA. As part of the settlement, Qwest agreed to revise immediately its price lists to waive the termination fees if the customer purchases the identical services from a reseller and that reseller purchases the service from Qwest with a term of not less than 12 months. Qwest also agreed that, within six to 12 months, it will file a tariff revision to eliminate termination fees completely in resale situations. Docket No. 09-1054.