• Ohio Federal District Court Dismisses All Challenges by AT&T and Upholds Interconnection Arbitration Award in Favor of Intrado Communications
  • January 12, 2012 | Author: Cherie R. Kiser
  • Law Firm: Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP - Washington Office
  • On January 6, 2012, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (the "Court") upheld an Arbitration Award issued by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio ("PUCO") pursuant to an arbitration petition brought by Intrado Communications, Inc. ("Intrado") against Ohio Bell Telephone Company, AT&T Ohio ("AT&T"). The Court found no merit in AT&T's claims of error, and deemed the Arbitration Award - which concerned an interconnection agreement between Intrado and AT&T - consistent with the Telecommunications Act of 1996, as amended (the "Act"). Consequently, the Court dismissed each challenge by AT&T in all disputed respects and upheld the PUCO's decision, which provides several important rulings concerning the application of Sections 251(a), 251(c) and 252(b) of the Act to the competitive provision of 9-1-1 services.