DC Circuit Rejects Great Lakes Access Stimulation Claims

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The DC Circuit Court of Appeals (DC Circuit) rejected Great Lakes Communication Corp’s (Great Lakes) claims against FCC rules that discourage competitive carriers from stimulating access fees that long-distance carriers must pay when routing calls to a local carrier.  Great Lakes specifically claimed that the FCC exceeded its statutory authority in adopting those rules, and that the rules were unreasonable.

The DC Circuit ultimately rejected Great Lakes’ claims, concluding that the FCC acted within its statutory authority to regulate access stimulators, and that its rules were reasonable in doing so, as they were properly informed by a preceding Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

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