STAMFORD, Conn., Feb 08, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Frontier Communications Corporation (NYSE:FTR, news, filings) commends the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for taking a crucial first step today in reforming both intercarrier compensation and the Universal Service Fund through a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
"Today's FCC action to initiate reform of intercarrier compensation and the Universal Service Fund is an important first step towards ensuring America's broadband future by fixing a broken system," said Kathleen Q. Abernathy, Frontier's Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs. "Given Frontier's significant commitments to deploy broadband in rural areas, which Chairman Genachowski has indicated is a national priority, we look forward to working with the FCC throughout this process to ensure equitable transition mechanisms and support as we proceed with reform."
Frontier has actively supported reform of intercarrier compensation and Universal Service in the past, including the plan outlined in the FCC's March 2010, National Broadband Plan. The National Broadband Plan also called for immediate action to end arbitrage in the intercarrier compensation system, including "phantom traffic" and "traffic pumping" schemes, which the FCC pledged today to swiftly address.
"We urge the FCC to follow through on its promise to end arbitrage in intercarrier compensation as quickly as possible and stabilize the compensation mechanisms. Ending these schemes will allow Frontier to focus all of its resources on deploying the next generation of networks and services to our customers," Abernathy added.
About Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications Corporation (NYSE: FTR) is a Fortune 500 company included in the S&P 500 Index offering voice, High-Speed Internet, satellite video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions, bundled offerings, specialized bundles for small businesses and home offices, and advanced business communications for medium and large businesses in 27 states and with approximately 14,800 employees. It has a 100 percent U.S.-based workforce. More information is available at www.frontier.com and www.frontier.com/ir.
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