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ACT NO. 67

(H.177)

Telecommunications Service Providers

This act prohibits slamming, the unauthorized switching of telecommunications service providers and cramming, the incorporation of unauthorized charges into a billing statement. This act proposes to amend Vermont’s utility laws by: (1) allowing the Public Service Board to deregulate nondominant providers of telecommunications service, (2) mandating that the Public Service Board adopt a rule for the protection of telecommunications customers, and (3) establishing a registration of billing agents for telecommunications providers.

Effective Date: July 1, 2000, except that there shall be no penalty for cramming a service rendered before October 1, 2000.