• On May 31, 2011, the California Public Utilities Commission granted the joint motion of AT&T California and Sprint PCS to dismiss AT&T’s 2009 complaint after the parties reached a multi-state settlement agreement. AT&T had alleged that Sprint was seeking to avoid the payment of access charges by deliberately routing interMTA wireless traffic over local trunks. AT&T also alleged that Sprint failed to update the billing factor used to measure this traffic. This case had been stayed to allow the parties time to negotiate the settlement, the terms of which were not disclosed. Docket No. 09-09-003.
  • Also on May 31, Staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) filed a report urging the Commissioners to investigate whether local exchange carriers (LECs) should be compelled to reduce their intrastate access rates, and if so, whether a state universal service fund (USF) should be established. The NCUC has been considering intrastate access charge reform through the informal “Access Charges Working Group” that was established after Sprint petitioned it in 2009 to direct North Carolina incumbent LECs to reduce their intrastate access rates, which Sprint called “anti-competitive and antiquated” subsidies. On March 15, 2011, the NCUC held that the state legislature had implicitly granted it the authority to establish a state USF. In the report, Staff recommended that the NCUC establish a single evidentiary proceeding to address both access reform and USF matters. Staff proposed holding a hearing on October 18, 2011 on these two issues, with direct testimony due August 10, and rebuttal testimony due September 27. Docket No. P-100, Sub 167.