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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill amends certain telecommunication pricing flexibility provisions.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . amends certain telecommunication pricing flexibility provisions; and
14 . makes technical corrections.
15 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
17 Other Special Clauses:
19 Utah Code Sections Affected:
21 54-8b-2.3, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 5
23 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24 Section 1. Section 54-8b-2.3 is amended to read:
25 54-8b-2.3. Pricing flexibility.
26 (1) (a) A telecommunications corporation that obtains a certificate to compete with the
27 incumbent telephone corporation in a defined geographic area pursuant to Section 54-8b-2.1
28 may price any public telecommunications services it is authorized to offer, or any new public
29 telecommunications service, by means of a price list or competitive contract.
30 (b) Before the telecommunications corporation begins providing any authorized public
31 telecommunications service, it shall notify the commission of:
32 (i) its intent to begin providing the service; and
33 (ii) the defined geographic area in which it will provide the service.
34 (2) (a) Notwithstanding other requirements of this chapter relating to pricing flexibility,
35 beginning on May 2, 2005, an incumbent telephone corporation may offer retail end user public
36 telecommunications services by means of a price list or competitive contract in the same
37 manner as a competing telecommunications corporation as provided in Subsection (1):
38 (i) if the incumbent telephone corporation:
39 (A) is in substantial compliance with rules and orders of the commission issued under
40 Section 54-8b-2.2 ; and
41 (B) has more than 30,000 access lines; and
42 (ii) except as provided in Subsection (2)(b).
43 (b) (i) The incumbent telephone corporation's pricing flexibility shall be the same as a
44 competing telecommunications corporation's pricing flexibility for all public
45 telecommunications services [
46 (ii) The incumbent telephone corporation shall offer basic residential service
47 throughout the area in which the incumbent telephone corporation is authorized by certificate
48 to provide basic residential service.
70 (3) Each price list shall:
71 (a) be filed with the commission:
72 (i) electronically; or
73 (ii) by paper copies only if permitted by commission rule;
74 (b) describe the public telecommunications service;
75 (c) set forth the basic terms and conditions upon which the public telecommunications
76 service is offered; and
77 (d) list the prices to be charged for the public telecommunications service or the basis
78 on which the services will be priced.
79 (4) Prices, terms, and conditions offered under price lists or competitive contracts that
80 are different from tariff prices, terms, and conditions for the same services are not considered
81 discriminatory under Section 54-3-8 and Subsection 54-8b-3.3 (2).
82 (5) A price list filed with the commission under this section shall take effect five days
83 after it is filed with the commission.
84 (6) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (6)(b), the prices, terms, and conditions of a
85 public telecommunications service offered by a telecommunications corporation pursuant to a
86 competitive contract with a retail customer need not be filed with the commission.
87 (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (6)(a), a copy of a competitive contract shall be
88 provided to the commission or division of public utilities if the commission or division of
89 public utilities, pursuant to general investigatory powers, requests a copy of the competitive
91 (7) (a) Subject to Subsection (7)(b), the commission may, as determined necessary to
92 protect the public interest, set an upper limit on the price that may be charged by
93 telecommunications corporations for public telecommunications services that may be priced by
94 means of a price list or competitive contract in a defined geographic area.
95 (b) The upper limit on price imposed under Subsection (7)(a) shall be applied to all
96 telecommunications corporations holding a certificate to provide the public
97 telecommunications services in the defined geographic area in a competitively neutral manner.
98 (8) (a) The commission may revoke the authority of a telecommunications corporation
99 to offer a public telecommunications service pursuant to a price list or competitive contract or
100 the commission may adopt conditions or restrictions on the telecommunications corporation's
101 pricing flexibility if the commission finds:
102 (i) (A) the telecommunications corporation has materially violated statutes or rules
103 applicable to the specific service;
104 (B) there has been or there is an imminent threat of a material and substantial
105 diminution in the level of competition; or
106 (C) competition has not developed; and
107 (ii) revocation or conditions or restrictions on the telecommunications corporation's
108 pricing flexibility is in the public interest.
109 (b) The party asserting that revocation or conditions or restrictions on the
110 telecommunications corporation's pricing flexibility should be imposed shall bear the burden of
112 (9) The commission shall establish rules or procedures to protect confidential,
113 proprietary, and competitively sensitive information provided to the commission or the division
114 pursuant to this section.
115 (10) (a) An incumbent telephone corporation serving fewer than 30,000 access lines in
116 the state may petition the commission to be regulated under price regulation rather than
117 traditional rate of return regulation.
118 (b) In implementing price regulation for an incumbent telephone corporation serving
119 fewer than 30,000 access lines, the commission may modify the requirements of any provision
120 of this section if necessary to the individual circumstances of the incumbent telephone
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