Several companies and associations are urging the FCC to reject Verizon Communications Inc.s petition for regulatory relief in several of its Northeastern markets.
Broadview Networks, Covad Communications Group, NuVox Communications and XO Communications are some of the competitive providers asking the FCC to dismiss Verizons petition. COMPTEL has filed similar comments. Among other arguments, opponents of Verizons request say the company is misusing confidential information to support its position; that it has not proven sufficient competition exists within each market to warrant forbearance from unbundling requirements; and that forbearance would not serve public interest.
Verizon, the nations second-largest phone company, says competition is so intense in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, R.I., and Virginia Beach, Va., that it needs the FCCs help. Verizon has asked to be exempt from dominant carrier rules and other obligations so it can stand up to cable, VoIP and wireless operators. Verizon filed its petition in September and reply comments were due to the FCC on Monday.
Verizon is seeking much of the same relief the FCC granted to Qwest Communications International Inc. in Omaha, Neb., in late 2005. The FCC has up to 15 months to rule on the petition.
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