Statement Regarding The Public Service Commission's Decision To Lower Verizon's Une Rates

"The PSC's decision is good news for consumers. Lower equipment rates should enable local telephone competitors to expand the reach of their offerings in New York so that more residential and small-business customers can reap the benefits of competitive markets. At the same time, the decision should ensure that Verizon is fairly compensated for the use of its equipment. My office has vigorously sought lower UNE rates. We applaud the PSC for taking this significant step, which is vital to the continued development of lively telephone competition in New York State."