• 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 25, 2011, Frontier Communications filed an ex parte letter urging the FCC to address intercarrier compensation with respect to Voice-over-Internet-Protocol traffic. Specifically, Frontier requested that the Commission “swiftly confirm” that “network providers should be compensated appropriately for terminating IP-originated traffic on public networks.” Frontier argued that such a confirmation will stabilize the current intercarrier compensation system while the Commission addresses broader aspects of the regime. Frontier also claimed that targeted action on VoIP will ensure that “Frontier and other similarly-situated telecommunications providers could continue investing hundreds of millions of dollars to achieve the Commission’s goal of deploying broadband to rural America.” GN Docket No. 09-51, WC Docket No. 07-135, et al. To view the letter, click here.
  • On January 21, 2011, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) granted AT&T Texas and Sprint Spectrum, L.P another extension of time in which to negotiate a potential settlement to their ongoing interconnection agreement (ICA) dispute. AT&T filed its complaint against Sprint in October 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 has failed to pay approximately $1.1 million as a result of both of these issues. The PUC granted the parties until April 14, 2011 to continue negotiations. Docket No. 37610.