Qwest Communications currently has petitions requesting forbearance from pricing regulations in four markets in front of the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC must issue a ruling by July 26. But, one of the strange things about the forbearance process is that if the FCC does not rule on a particular request by the ruling deadline, the forbearance request is automatically granted. This has happened at least a dozen time in 91 petitions for forbearance.
The rule, a provision of the Telecom Act of 1996, has been criticized in the past, and now, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) is pushing a bill in the House of Representatives that would keep forbearance petition from being approved by virtue of FCC inaction. Not surprisingly, major telco foe Comcast says it supports that bill.
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