Qwest, AT&T Seek Forbearance From Some Broadband Services Rules

Qwest Communications International Inc. and AT&T Inc. are asking the FCC for forbearance from having certain rules applied to their broadband services.

Qwest said its request does not apply to the broadband services it offers as part of its Internet access service. AT&T said its appeal addresses its non-TDM broadband services offered by it and other Bell companies.

The FCC in March granted Verizon Communications Inc. that very relief, causing an uproar among competitive carriers. There was some concern that Verizon no longer would make USF contributions from its business broadband services proceeds, but the Bell company did specify — as have Qwest and AT&T — it would continue making its payments after the forbearance.

An AT&T spokesman said the provider mainly wants relief from common carrier rules so it can determine its own rates, terms and conditions for wholesale customers.

Comments on the Qwest and AT&T requests are due Aug. 3, and reply comments will be due Aug. 18.

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