PRT takes Centennial interconnection dispute to court

7 Dec 2005

Puerto Rico Telephone (PRT) has asked the country’s top court to preside over its dispute with wireless and broadband provider Centennial over interconnection rates. Since 2003 PRT and Centennial have been contesting the rates telecoms regulator JRT allows PRT to charge Centennial for access to its T1 high capacity networks, which are offered to corporate customers. In April the JRT ordered PRT to grant Centennial a 25% discount on access to T1 lines, and this is the ruling that PRT is seeking to have overturned. According to a statement by PRT the JRT ruling contradicts federal law, ‘The FCC has ruled that high capacity access services are exempt from receiving wholesale discounts’. PRT added that the ruling was anti-competitive as it permitted Centennial to offer services at a price no other provider – including itself – could offer.