Qwest Probes Don’t End with Minnesota

The record fine the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission levied Tuesday on Qwest Communications International Inc. marks the first time the phone giant has been penalized this year for striking interconnection agreements with rivals without filing them with state regulators. But it may not be the last penalty Qwest faces. Several other states have opened probes […]

Collateral Damage

Posted: 4/2003 Collateral Damage Line Sharing Surprising Casualty of FCC Dealmaking By Josh Long Executives at Covad Communications Co. were stunned by the Federal Communications Commission decision to eliminate line-sharing requirements, particularly since two Democrat commissioners apparently phased out the regulations in order to make a compromise in its Triennial Review order governing telephone and […]

FCC Preserves UNE-P, Gives Bell Relief on Broadband

In a triumph for the competitive telecommunications industry, the FCC upheld local telephone regulations today that have emboldened companies to invade the once-indomitable turf of the four Bells. But the FCC also granted the ILECs regulatory relief in the broadband market, absolving them from requirements to make available to competitors fiber loops to the home […]

No UNE-P Draft Circulating at FCC, Says Source

There is no draft proposal “circulating” at the Federal Communications Commission that would phase out local telephone resale regulations governing the unbundled network element – platform (UNE-P) over two years, a source close to the matter said Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that an FCC draft proposes a two-year transition period before rivals […]

Carrier Channel: Arizona Commissioners Probe Qwest Wholesale Billing

Posted: 1/2003 Arizona Commissioners Probe Qwest Wholesale Billing By Josh Long THE ARIZONA CORPORATION COMMISSION (ACC) plans to conduct a hearing concerning why Qwest Communications International Inc. failed to implement new wholesale billing rates after local regulators slashed the average price of an unbundled loop nearly in half. In June 2002 the ACC cut the […]

Qwest: Trouble Brewing in Arizona, Minnesota

In Arizona, where Qwest Communications International Inc. struck secret interconnection agreements with 30-some-odd communications providers, two of those deals barred phone companies from participating in the regulatory process that is integral in determining whether the telephone giant has opened its network to competitors and should be allowed to provide long-distance services, according to the state […]

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