The commission should not abandon the separate affiliate requirement too quickly because it is a key means of trying to prevent improper accounting practices and cross-subsidization, Copps and Adelstein wrote in a statement following Thursdays vote to open the new proceeding. "In an era of corporate governance problems and accounting depredations, this Commission has an especially high burden to overcome if it chooses to eliminate or reduce the separate affiliate protections that help prevent and detect anticompetitive behavior," Copps and Adelstein wrote."What we are in search of here is absence of such an outcome and the reality of an open and unbiased record," they said. Search for more stories by Caron Carlson.
Worried that the new proceeding could be interpreted as "leading toward a predetermined outcome," the minority commissioners urged the public to address the full range of competitive issues, including the rates that the Bells charge other carriers to connect to the local network.