Seventh Circuit Hangs Up On Phone Cos. Appeal

Law360, New York (August 7, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court stymied dueling bids to have an Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) order changed, snatching a victory away from phone companies.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals took issue with U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo’s decision to grant summary judgment to a group of phone companies that challenged an ICC order setting rates for unbundled network elements. UNEs are the components of a network that incumbent local exchange carriers must provide to rivals who want to enter the market, pursuant to the Telecommunications Act...
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