CenturyLink, Frontier Criticize Latest Incompas-Verizon BDS Rate Proposal, Saying It’s Flawed

FierceTelecom By Sean Buckley

CenturyLink and other independent telcos, including Frontier, Consolidated and FairPoint are not wasting time taking aim at the latest business data services (BDS) proposal made by Incompas and Verizon, calling it another flawed effort that merely reflects changes in Verizon’s business structure.

“Far from offering a middle ground that accounts for the viewpoints of all stakeholders, the CLEC-oriented framework proposed at the eleventh hour by Verizon and INCOMPAS reflects the mutual worldview of entities whose business interests have recently come into alignment,” said CenturyLink in an FCC filing. “In short, after restructuring its business model by shedding ILEC exchanges it no longer wants – exchanges several of the Mid-Size ILECs stepped up to serve – and moving to acquire one of the largest CLECs (XO Communications), Verizon has become a large-scale purchaser (and perhaps even a net purchaser) of out-of-region BDS. The fact that CLECs (and only CLECs) immediately lined up behind the proposal shows that this framework is no compromise.”

Earlier this month, Verizon and Incompas submitted new pricing reforms and a competitive market test proposal to the FCC to consider, as the regulator completes their analysis of the business data services (BDS) market.

After the pair’s initial proposal was submitted to the FCC in April, Verizon and Incompas in June outlined eight additional elements that they said provided a framework for BDS. This latest proposal builds on that framework, they said.

CenturyLink again was joined by fellow independent telcos Consolidated, FairPoint and Frontier, all of which previously joined CenturyLink in a motion to strike earlier BDS proposals.

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