FCC Accounting Freeze Misallocates Billions, DC Circ. Told

Law360 (October 11, 2019, 3:42 PM EDT) -- The telecom stakeholders fighting a Federal Communications Commission decision to extend a long-running freeze on a wireline cost allocation regime told the D.C. Circuit the suspension keeps local public utility customers on the hook for the growing costs of private networks.

The so-called Irregulators — an independent group that includes former senior FCC staffers and telecom consultants — challenged the latest freeze earlier this year, contending it perpetuates a yearslong misallocation of costs between national and in-state phone networks. This regime forces ratepayers to shell out billions to support services that have nothing to do with their basic local telephone service,...

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