Dixie-Net Communications, Inc. v. Bellsouth Telecommunications, Inc.

Petition for certiorari denied on October 15, 2013
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-152 5th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2013

Issue: (1) Whether, when interpreting Interconnection Agreements issued pursuant to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, state agencies that interpret those agreements are entitled to deference on pure matters of law; (2) to resolve a split in the circuits, whether the Telecommunications Act of 1996 authorizes federal courts jurisdiction to evaluate the Mississippi Public Service Commission’s interpretation of a negotiated interconnection agreement or simply to evaluate whether the interconnection agreement complies with the substantive requirements of the Act; and (3) whether the Telecommunication Act of 1996 preempts the Mississippi legislature’s right to determine the deference given to the Mississippi Public Service Commission through its enabling act.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jul 30 2013Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 2, 2013)
Aug 22 2013Waiver of right of respondent Mississippi Public Service Commission to respond filed.
Aug 26 2013Brief of respondent BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. d/b/a AT&T Mississippi in opposition filed.
Sep 18 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 11, 2013.
Oct 15 2013Petition DENIED. Justice Alito took no part in the consideration or decision of this petition.
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