Earthlink Loses Another Round In Battle With FCC

Law360, New York (August 15, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a boost for telecommunications regulators, a U.S. appeals court has upheld a controversial ruling allowing regional phone companies to implement new fiber-optic lines without being forced to share them with competitors.

On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected EarthLink Inc.’s argument, dashing the Internet service provider’s hopes of overturning a 2004 decision handed down by the Federal Communications Commission.

The court ruled that the FCC had the right to excuse the dominant local telephone carriers, known as the Baby...
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