Westelcom Network seeks “Rural CLEC” Definition Waiver

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Westelcom Network, Inc. has filed a petition for limited and expedited waiver of section 61.26(a)(6) of the Commission’s rules. Specifically, Westelcom seeks waiver of the definition of “Rural CLEC” so that it can continue to charge the “rural exemption” rate for its interstate switched access services. The U.S. Census Bureau reclassified one of the communities in its service area from an “urban cluster” to an “urbanized cluster” in 2012, which resulted in Westelcom no longer qualifying as a Rural CLEC.  The Wireline Competition Bureau is seeking comment on Westelcom’s petition. Comments are due April 24, 2015, and replies are due May 11, 2015.

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