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.