On December 16, 2010, the New York Public Service Commission (NY PSC) voted unanimously to initiate an investigation into Verizon's intrastate access rates.
On September 30, 2010, the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina granted summary judgment in favor of certain rural local exchange carriers ("RLECs") against the challenge lodged by AT&T Mobility and Alltel Communications against a North Carolina Utility Commission (NCUC) arbitration decision arising out of the RLECs' 2005 demand for interconnection and reciprocal compensation rates.
On September 9, 2010, the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire granted summary judgment in favor of AT&T and against the Town of Greenfield and its Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) in a case in which AT&T challenged the denial of its application for an area variance to install a 100-foot cell tower in a residential area.
On September 16, 2010, Verizon New York, Inc. filed petitions to reject access tariffs filed by XYN Communications of New York, LLC and Integrated Path Communications, LLC with the New York Public Service Commission (NY PSC).
On August 19, 2010, FTC staff terminated an investigation into whether Limewire, LLC's peer-to-peer file sharing software puts users at risk of inadvertently sharing sensitive information stored on their computers.
On August 16, 2010, Sprint Communications Company filed a complaint against Native American Telecom, LLC (NAT) with the US District Court for the District of South Dakota, alleging that NAT is unlawfully billing Sprint for traffic destined for so-called "Call Connection Companies."
On August 11, 2010, the US District of New York for the Northern District of New York (NDNY) became the second court in as many weeks to deny a request by Level 3 Communications to freeze litigation brought against it for failure to pay for operation of its broadband network over a plaintiff's property (see last week's This Week In Telecom for a summary of the Idaho case).
On August 12, 2010, Aventure Communication Technology, LLC filed a motion to stay with the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) urging it to suspend its investigation of Aventure's recently filed intrastate access services tariff.
On August 5, 2010, AT&T Communications of the Midwest opposed the motion for stay filed by Native American Telecom, LLC (NAT) with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (SD PUC) in a complaint proceeding initiated by Sprint Communications Company L.P. regarding access charges.
On July 16, 2010, in the access charge lawsuit captioned Qwest Commc'ns Co. LLC v. Tekstar Commc’ns, Inc., No. 0:10-cv-00490-MJD-SRN, Judge Davis of the US District Court for the District of Minnesota granted the motion of Tekstar to stay the case and refer several questions of regulatory policy to the FCC under the doctrine of primary jurisdiction.