The Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court, issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Regulatory Bulletin.
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied petitions filed by Verizon and AT&T seeking review of the FCC’s denial of their petition to forbear from applying the requirement that incumbent price cap carriers maintain a Uniform System of Accounts (USOA). The Court found that the FCC had reasonably interpreted and applied the forbearance sections of the Communications Act. Among other things, the Court found that the FCC reasonably concluded that it continued to need USOA data to ensure that access rates were not discriminatory.
Since all 300 exchanges served by AT&T are now deregulated, the PUC approved AT&T’s request to relinquish its certificate of convenience and necessity and replace it with certificate of operating authority (COA). As a fully deregulated ILEC, AT&T will be regulated in the same manner as CLECs. As a COA holder, AT&T will continue to provide all of the residential and business services currently listed in AT&T Texas’ General and Local exchange tariffs. The COA covers facilities-based and resale eservices and data services.