Qwest for more (UNE-P) money


LightReading: Qwest Communications hasn’t won much new business from competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) lately, but that isn’t stopping the Baby Bell from asking CLECs to pay more for unbundled network element platform (UNE-P) services. CLECs want to pay an increase of $2.25 over three years for new UNE-P lines, while Q is looking to boost UNE-P rates by $3 on January 1, 2005, and then $5 on July 1, 2005 and $8 on January 1, 2006. Q calls this UNE-P replacement service, Qwest Platform Plus. Most Baby Bells and CLECs have up until June 15th to figure out a way to resolve the UNE-P logjam, or else the courts will step in again.

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