High Court Defers To FCC In Telecom Competition Dispute

Law360, New York (June 9, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday that incumbent telephone carriers like AT&T Inc. must offer competitors access to a part of their existing networks at cost, deferring to the Federal Communications Commission's own interpretation of one of its rules.

Rejecting arguments that deferring to the FCC would effectively allow the agency to create a new rule without going through the normal procedures, the high court found that the FCC had advanced a reasonable interpretation of its own regulations, and reversed a ruling by the Sixth Circuit....
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