• On September 23, 2010, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) reaffirmed its decision issued last year finding that Sprint Spectrum LP had violated the terms of its interconnection agreement (ICA) with Pacific Bell Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T California (AT&T) by refusing to pay the transiting service rates stated in the ICA. The CPUC determined that the transiting service rates AT&T charged Sprint under its ICA were not discriminatory even though they were significantly higher than the rates that other carriers paid. The CPUC ordered Sprint to pay AT&T all unpaid amounts and to make late payment charges. In its order affirming its original decision, the CPUC held that Sprint did not provide any “legal basis” supporting its allegation of discrimination, and found that the parties’ ICA differed markedly from the agreement between Verizon and AT&T to which Sprint had attempted to draw a comparison. Docket No. 0712019.
  • On September 22, 2010, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (WI PSC) announced that it will be holding a technical conference on October 12, 2010, to continue its investigation into the intrastate access charges assessed by Wisconsin incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs). The WI PSC established this docket on its own motion last September to investigate ILEC rate structures and to seek industry comment on preventing “unreasonable and unjust” access rates. At the conference, WI PSC Staff will “present a new strawman proposal, then answer questions and discuss the proposal. The technical conference will conclude with a discussion of how to proceed in the docket.” Docket 5-TR-105.