Thursday, February 22, 2007

Qwest Granted some Forbearance

Released: 02/20/2007. FCC Conditionally Grants Qwest Forbearance Relief from Dominant Carrier Regulation of in-region inter-state inter-LATA telecommunications services provided on an Integrated Basis. (Dkt No 05-333). (FCC No. 07-12). Basically, bundle local and LD together. had this headline: FCC Lets Telephone Providers Combine Local and Long Distance Businesses.

"Regulators ruled late on Tuesday that U.S. telephone incumbents would no longer be required to offer local and long distance services through separate entities, which could mean big savings for America’s regional telephone providers." [Source: Teleclick]

From Phone+: "The FCC on Feb. 20 voted 4-0, concurring that Qwest no longer is the dominant carrier in its 14-state region and that it faces intense competition from VoIP, wireless and cable providers. Under a now-expired provision in the 1996 Telecommunications Act, Bell companies were required to run their long-distance businesses separate from their other operations. Qwest had argued it needed to combine its local and long-distance operations to save money and become a stronger competitor. .... The country’s third-largest RBOC filed its forbearance petition with the FCC more than a year ago; Feb. 20 was the deadline for a decision by the commission."

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