BEFORE THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0198

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0199

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0200

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0201

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0202

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0203

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0204

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0205

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

 

 

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0206

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0207

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0208

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0209

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0210

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0211

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0212

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0213

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0214

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0215

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0216

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0217

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0218

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0219

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0220

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0221

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0222

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

In the Matter of the Application for Approval     )

of an Amendment to the Traffic Termination     )         File No. IK-2013-0223

Agreement with Verizon Wireless d/b/a             )

Verizon Wireless (Verizon)                               )

 

 

 

ORDER APPROVING AMENDMENTS

TO TRAFFIC TERMINATION AGREEMENT

 

Issue Date:  November 20, 2012                       Effective Date:  November 30, 2012

 

 

This order approves the amendments to the traffic termination agreement between the parties filed by the Companies[1].

On October 30, 2012, the Companies filed an application with the Commission for approval of amendments to its traffic termination agreement with Verizon Wireless (Verizon).  The Company and Verizon currently have a Commission-approved traffic termination agreement between them.  In the current application, the parties have agreed to amend the traffic termination agree­ment.  The amendments were filed pursuant to Section 252(e)(1) of the Telecommunica­tions Act of 1996.[2]  The amendments would establish bill-and-keep as the compensation arrangement for IntraMTA traffic exchanged between the parties.  The Company holds a certificate of service authority to provide basic local exchange telecommunications services in Missouri.  Verizon is a wireless communications company not regulated by the Commission.

Although Verizon is a party to the agreement, it did not join in the application.  On November 2, 2012, the Commission issued an order making Verizon a party in this case and directing any party wishing to request a hearing to do so no later than November 13, 2012.

Under Section 252(e) of the Act, any interconnection agreement adopted by negotiation must be submitted to the Commission for approval.  The Commission may reject an agreement if it finds that the agreement is discriminatory or that it is not consistent with the public interest, convenience and necessity.

On November 5, 2012, the Staff of the Commission filed a memorandum and recom­mendation.  The Staff memorandum recommends that the amendments to the agreement be approved and notes that the agreement meets the limited requirements of the Act in that it is not discriminatory toward nonparties and is not against the public interest.  Staff recom­mends that the Commission direct the parties to submit any further amendments to the Commission for approval.

Findings of Fact

The Commission has considered the application, the supporting documentation, and Staff's verified recommendation.  Based upon that review, the Commission finds that the agreement as amended meets the requirements of the Act in that it does not discriminate against a nonparty carrier and implementation of the agreement as amended is not inconsistent with the public interest, convenience and necessity.  The Commission finds that approval of the agree­ment as amended shall be conditioned upon the parties submitting any further amendments to the Commission for approval pursuant to the procedure set out below. 

Amendment Procedure

The Commission has a duty to review all interconnection agreements, whether arrived at through negotiation or arbitration, as mandated by the Act.[3]  In order for the Commission's role of review and approval to be effective, the Commission must also review and approve or recognize amendments to these agreements.  The Commission has a further duty to make a copy of every interconnection agreement available for public inspection.[4]  This duty is in keeping with the Commission's practice under its own rules of requiring telecommunica­tions companies to keep their rate schedules on file with the Commission.[5]

The parties to each interconnection agreement must maintain a complete and current copy of the agreement, together with all amendments, in the Commission's offices.  Any proposed amendment must be submitted pursuant to Commis­sion rule 4 CSR 240‑3.513(6).

Conclusions of Law

The Commission, under the provisions of Section 252(e)(1) of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996,[6] is required to review negotiated interconnection agreements.  It may only reject a negotiated agreement upon a finding that its implementa­tion would be discriminatory to a nonparty or inconsistent with the public interest, conven­ience and necessity.[7]  Based upon its review of the amendments to the agreement between the Companies and Verizon and its findings of fact, the Commission concludes that the agreement as amended is neither discriminatory nor inconsistent with the public interest and shall be approved.

The Commission notes that prior to providing telecommunications services in Missouri, a party shall possess the following:  (1) an interconnection agreement approved by the Commission; (2) except for wireless providers, a certificate of service authority from the Commission to provide interexchange or basic local telecommunications services; and (3) except for wireless providers, a tariff approved by the Commission.

THE COMMISSION ORDERS THAT:

1.          The amendments to the traffic termination agreement between the Companies and Verizon Wireless, filed on October 30, 2012, are approved.

2.          Any changes or amendments to this agreement shall be submitted in compliance with 4 CSR 240‑3.513(6).

3.          This order shall become effective on November 30, 2012.

4.          This file may be closed on December 1, 2012.

 

BY THE COMMISSION

 

 

 

 

Steven C. Reed

Secretary

 

( S E A L )

 

Harold Stearley, Deputy Chief Regulatory

Law Judge, by delegation of authority

pursuant to Section 386.240, RSMo 2000.

 

Dated at Jefferson City, Missouri,

on this 20th day of November, 2012.

 



[1] Each company application identifies the applicant in detail.  For purposes of administrative economy, the Commission is issuing a generic notice for these matters.

[2] See 47 U.S.C. § 251, et seq.

[3] 47 U.S.C. § 252.

[4] 47 U.S.C. § 252(h).

[5] 4 CSR 240‑3.545.

[6] 47 U.S.C. § 252(e)(1).

[7] 47 U.S.C. § 252(e)(2)(A).