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H.495

Introduced by   Representatives Young of Orwell and Keenan of St. Albans City

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Public service; regulation of corporations; telecommunications; nondominant carriers

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to allow nondominant telecommunications carriers with no more than ten percent of subscriber lines installed in the aggregate statewide to elect alternative forms of regulation.

AN ACT RELATING TO NONDOMINANT CARRIERS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  30 V.S.A. § 227c is amended to read:

§ 227c.  NONDOMINANT CARRIERS

(a)  The board may modify, reduce, or suspend the requirements under this title as applied to nondominant providers carriers of telecommunications service.  In determining whether a carrier or class of carriers is nondominant, the board shall consider whether the carriers have sufficient market power to set prices for the market.  The board may act by rule, or, after notice and opportunity for hearing, it may act by order.  The modifications, reductions, or suspensions may apply to one or more classes of nondominant providers carriers, and may apply differently to each class.  The board may modify, suspend, or reduce any or all of the regulatory requirements under sections 104, 105, 107, 108, 109, 225, 226, 227(a) 227, 229, and 311 of this title.

(b)  In determining whether a carrier or class of carriers is nondominant, the board shall consider whether the carriers have sufficient market power to set prices for the market.  Notwithstanding the board’s authority to modify, reduce, or suspend the requirements under this title, a carrier which serves fewer than ten percent of subscriber lines installed in the aggregate statewide and has been designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier in a service area where a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier has also been designated may elect to be exempted from the regulatory requirements under the sections listed in subsection (a) of this section.  For the purposes of this subsection, “eligible telecommunications carrier” means a telecommunications carrier designated eligible pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 214(e).

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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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