Qwest to re-file forbearance bid

Qwest Communications withdrew from the Federal Communications Commission its request for forbearance from network access charge regulation, but don't get too excited. The company likely will re-submit its filing today in an effort to give the FCC more time to review it.

The FCC was required to issue some kind of ruling on the forbearance petition by midnight yesterday, or it would have been automatically granted. That's what happened with Verizon's forbearance filing earlier this year, but maybe Qwest is just trying to play fair and not sneak one past the goalie. But, why? The FCC seems overwhelmed and at odds with itself over access charge forbearance, and it's getting hard to believe there's a way to get it done correctly and fairly.

For more:
- read this story and timeline in The Denver Post

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