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HB14-1331 - Regulate Basic Local Exchange Service

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning The Regulation Of Basic Local Exchange Service As It Affects Effective Competition.

Section 1 of the bill defines terms. Section 2 deregulates basic local exchange service and other related services.

Section 3 repeals language related to private telecommunications network service.

Sections 4 and 7 repeal requirements concerning the discontinuation or rearrangement of basic local exchange service.

Section 8 repeals language concerning the regulation of IntraLATA interexchange telecommunications services.

Sections 5 and 9 clarify that basic local exchange service providers may be reimbursed from the high cost support mechanism regardless of whether basic local exchange service is regulated.

Section 9 also provides that an incumbent local exchange carrier remains subject to any obligations as provider of last resort and must charge a uniform price for basic service throughout its service territory. For basic local exchange providers that accept high cost support mechanism distributions, the commission retains the authority to designate providers of last resort, determine a maximum price for basic service, prohibit the discontinuance of basic service, and impose fees related to the high cost support mechanism, emergency service, and telecommunications relay service.

Section 10 changes a reference from "local exchange service" to "telecommunications services".

Section 11 limits the use of support mechanisms created by the commission for the provision of services in high-cost areas without effective competition.

Latest update: May 9, 2014
05/09/2014 Governor Signed
05/07/2014 Sent to the Governor
05/07/2014 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/07/2014 Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/30/2014 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
04/28/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/25/2014 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
04/23/2014 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/21/2014 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/16/2014 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
04/11/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology + State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
04/09/2014 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/08/2014 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/08/2014 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/25/2014 House Committee on Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Refer Amended to Appropriations
03/19/2014 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development