refiles FCC petition for deregulation
By Andy Vuong, Staff Writer
Friday, September 14, 2007
Denver-based Qwest has refiled a petition seeking to lift
pricing restrictions on broadband services it sells to
competitors and large businesses.
Qwest is asking federal regulators for an expedited review
because the new application is identical to the one the company
filed in June and withdrew late Tuesday.
Shirley Bloomfield, senior vice president of Qwest federal
relations, said the company withdrew the original petition
because, "it just became very clear that Qwest was not going to
get all of the relief that we were looking for", as the deadline
approached for regulators to rule.
Qwest is hoping the Federal Communications Commission will
review the new petition, filed late Wednesday, when it rules on
a similar request by AT&T next month.
"We figured that with the AT&T petition that is sitting out
there, ... it might be wise to give the FCC a little bit more
time to walk through some of these issues," Bloomfield said.
The last of the Baby Bells, Verizon Communications, has already
been granted relief after the FCC deadlocked on its application
Qwest noted Verizon's situation in its request for an expedited
"Qwest and Verizon compete for enterprise broadband sales on a
regulatory playing field that is sharply tilted in Verizon's
favor," the company wrote in its application.
The FCC has set Sept. 20 as the deadline to file comments on
Qwest's new petition.
Douglas County-based Time Warner Telecom, among others, have
said deregulation would lead to higher prices and fewer
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