CWA urges the New Mexico Supreme Court to uphold state oversight of CenturyLink

CWA urged the New Mexico Supreme Court to uphold the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission’s oversight of CenturyLink. In February, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) approved a hearing examiner’s recommendation to reject CenturyLink’s claim that it should be exempt from regulation. The commission determined that CenturyLink failed to show that there is “effective competition” for residential phone service in the markets they serve. CWA played a major role in the hearing examiner's recommendation and the Commission’s decision, providing expert witnesses and extensive briefs rebutting CenturyLink’s claims. CenturyLink appealed the decision to the New Mexico Supreme Court. Oral arguments will be scheduled in early 2021. 

“CenturyLink continues to try to shirk its responsibility to over 100,000 New Mexicans who rely on the company for residential phone service, particularly in rural areas” said Brenda Roberts, CWA District 7 Vice President. “Fortunately, New Mexico has not adopted the deregulation agenda being pushed by corporations who are more interested in serving their big stockholders than their customers.”

You can read CWA’s Answer Brief here.

Links:

CWA’s Answer Brief (New Mexico Supreme Court, Oct. 5, 2020)

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission rejects CenturyLink’s attempt to shirk responsibility to provide service (Speed Matters, Mar. 9, 2020)