FCC denies Qwest request

28 Jul 2008

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has turned down a request from Qwest Communications which would have allowed the telco to set its own wholesale rates in four markets. Qwest filed a request in April 2007 asking for ‘forbearance’ in Phoenix, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Seattle. The firm claims that competition has reached such a level in those markets that rules could be relaxed which currently see wholesale rates set by state agencies. The FCC has rejected the move, however, claiming that there is not enough evidence to show that consumers would benefit from a relaxation of the current regulations.