XXI. ABBREVIATED DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The success of local competition in Pennsylvania is dependent on the
efficiency and effectiveness of carrier interconnection in providing quality service at
reasonable rates to customers. Carriers are not only interconnecting with each other, they
are also competing with each other, and in the process, disputes are arising which may
require expedited resolution by the Commission to prevent adverse impact on consumers.
All parties urge the Commission to adopt the same Abbreviated Dispute
Resolution (ADR) process, which was attached to their respective petitions. The ADR
process is an asset to both the parties and the Commission, in that it balances the need for
parties to be heard with the necessity that certain issues be decided quickly.
We will adopt the ADR procedure which is attached as Appendix E to this