Qwest gets enterprise pricing forbearance

Just days after turning down Qwest Communications' request for forbearance from wholesale pricing regulation, the Federal Communications Commission has partially granted the telco's wish for forbearance from enterprise broadband pricing limits. As with the rejection of Qwest's wholesale petition, the FCC vote to provide regulatory relief was 3-2, with Democrat commissioners on the losing side.

The ruling does not cover T-1 enterprise connections, but does cover other commercial broadband connections, and allows Qwest flexibility that it will likely employ to create different pricing for a wider array of bundled service packages for large enterprise customers. Other telcos, such as AT&T, Embarq and Verizon Communications, have earned similar forbearance.

For more:
- see this Dow Jones Newswires story at CNN Money