State of Washington regulators give Centurylink "pricing flexibility" [telecom]

Published 1/9/2014 Media Contact: (360) 664-1116 or Docket Number: UT-130477

State extends price flexibility for CenturyLink Consumer protection regulations remain in place

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Today the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approved a settlement agreement allowing CenturyLink pricing flexibility in setting residential and business landline telephone rates.

Approval of the "alternative form of regulation," or AFOR, gives CenturyLink more flexibility in determining rates for retail telephone services, permitting the company to change rates for most of its services in response to competition without commission review. The UTC will continue to regulate rates for other public interest services, such as 911 and low-income assistance, as well as wholesale services that CenturyLink provides to competitors. The AFOR approved today, replaces and expands on a previous AFOR that applied to Qwest Communications, implemented prior to that company's merger with CenturyLink in 2011.

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