Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Access Charges in the intrastate jurisdiction began as a result of the divestiture of the Bell Operating Companies (BOC’s). The commission in Cause U-85-23, et al., established intrastate access charges as a nondiscriminatory way to originate and terminate toll (long distance) traffic within the state of Washington. The rules and procedures governing intrastate access charges have evolved over time (similar to interstate access charges).
Links to pertinent rules:
A link to the commission’s 1997 access charge reform proceeding and order establishing rules:
State Supreme Court Upholds UTC Rulemaking
On March 6, 2003, the Washington State Supreme Court, in a unanimous 9-0 decision, upheld the validity of the Commission's access charge reform rule (WAC 480-120-540). In upholding the rule, the Court found that the rule does not "set rates" in violation of the Commission's rulemaking authority, and found that the rule is not arbitrary or capricious.
A link to the opinion is included below:
Staff Contact: Tim Zawislak, Senior Telecommunications Analyst, (360) 664-1294.