Idaho Public Utilities Commission Issues Order Regarding Application of Qwest Corporation Dba Centurylink QC Requesting Approval of Amendments to Its Interconnection Agreement
IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF QWEST CORPORATION DBA CENTURYLINK QC REQUESTING APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS TO ITS INTERCONNECTION AGREEMENT WITH LEVEL 3
In this case, the Commission is asked to approve amendments to
Under the provisions of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, interconnection agreements, including amendments thereto, must be submitted to the Commission for approval. 47 U.S.C. section 252(e)(l). The Commission may reject an agreement adopted by negotiations only if it finds that the agreement: (1) discriminates against a telecommunications carrier not a party to the agreement; or (2) implementation of the agreement is not consistent with the public interest, convenience and necessity. 47 U.S.C. section 252(e)(2)(A). As the Commission noted in Order No. 28427, companies voluntarily entering into interconnection agreements "may negotiate terms, prices and conditions that do not comply with either the
According to the parties, the amendments were agreed to and reached through voluntary negotiations without resort to mediation or arbitration.
Staff reviewed the Applications for approval of amendments to the Interconnection Agreement and does not find any terms or conditions that it considers to be discriminatory or contrary to the public interest. Staff believes that the amendments to the Interconnection Agreement are consistent with the pro-competitive policies of this Commission, the
Under the terms of the Telecommunications Act, interconnection agreements, including amendments thereto, must be submitted to the Commission for approval. 47 U.S.C. section 252(e)(1). The Commission's review is limited, however. The Commission may reject an agreement adopted by negotiation cy if it finds that the agreement discriminates against a telecommunications carrier not a party to the agreement or implementation of the agreement is not consistent with the public interest, convenience and necessity. Id.
Based upon our review of the Application and Staffs recommendation, the Commission finds that the amendments to the Interconnection Agreement are consistent with the public interest, convenience and necessity and do not discriminate. Therefore, the Commission finds that the Agreement, including amendments thereto, should be approved. Approval of an Interconnection Agreement does not negate the responsibility of either party to an Agreement to obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity if they are offering local exchange services or to comply with Idaho Code section' 62-604 and 62-606 if they are providing other nonbasic local telecommunications services as defined by Idaho Code section 62-603.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the amendments to the Interconnection Agreement between
THIS IS A FINAL ORDER. Any person interested in this Order (or in issues finally decided by this Order) may petition for reconsideration within twenty-one (21) days of the service date of this Order. Within seven (7) days after any person has petitioned for reconsideration, any other person may cross-petition for reconsideration. See Idaho Code section section 61- 626 and 62-619.
DONE by Order of the
PAUL KJELLANJR, COMMISSIONER
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