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H.541

Introduced by Committee on Commerce

Date:

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

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to clarify when a subdivision of the section of law allowing small eligible telecommunications carriers to elect alternative forms of regulation would apply and to extend the July 1, 2008 repeal of the section until December 31, 2008.

AN ACT RELATING TO EXTENDING THE REPEAL OF ALTERNATIVE REGULATION ELECTION BY SMALL ELIGIBLE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIERS

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

Sec. 1.  30 V.S.A. § 227d(b)(5) is amended to read:

(5)  The carrier shall limit its prices as follows:

(A)  the carrier shall not increase its price for basic exchange telecommunications service during the first year following such election and, during the second and third years following the end of the year in which the carrier has made such election, the carrier shall not increase its price for basic exchange telecommunications service by more than nine percent or by $1.50, whichever is less;

(B)  the carrier shall not increase its prices for local measured service during the first two years following such election;

(C)  the carrier shall not increase its price for nonbasic telecommunications services by more than nine percent during the first two years following such election; provided that, for the purposes of this section, nonbasic telecommunications services shall mean any optional telecommunications services other than basic exchange telecommunications services and local measured service that were included in the carrier's intrastate tariff at the time of the election;

(D)  the carrier shall not increase its intrastate switched access rates for the three years following the end of the year in which the carrier has made such election.

Sec. 2.  Sec. 2 of No. 73 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006) (repeal of section 227d of Title 30) is amended to read:

Sec. 2.  REPEAL

30 V.S.A. § 227d shall be repealed on July 1 December 31, 2008.



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