July 8th, 2008

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Linkn Harvest: CompensatingCLEC Corpses -- DC Cir Mandamuses the FCC on Intercarriers Compensation

The D.C. Cir. issued an order requiring the FCC to justify its rules on why local calls to dial-up ISPs are not "local calls" for purposes of intercarrier compensation purposes.
http://pacer.cadc.uscourts.gov/common/opinions/200807/07-1446-1126053.pdf

Given the dramatic decline in the number of dial up ISPs and CLECs, this order comes rather too late to give carriers what they deserved. Still, it may end up costing the telcos some big money going forward.

BTW, mandamus is pretty rare. You have to really piss off a court before it issues a writ of mandamus.