92nd General Assembly
Summary of SB1055
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Short description: 
TELECOM LOCAL CARRIER DUTY                                                 

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the Telecommunications Article  of  the  Public  Utilities      
   Act.   Provides  that  telecommunications  carriers  have  the duty to      
   interconnect with other carriers and the duty  to  provide  access  to      
   certain  facilities.  Requires local exchange carriers to negotiate in      
   good faith regarding dialing parity, number portability, and access to      
   facilities.  Allows the Commerce Commission to delay the applicability      
   of interconnection and negotiating requirements until January 1,  2003      
   for  telecommunications  carriers with fewer than 1,000,000 subscriber      
   lines.  Provides that local incumbent exchange carriers that  fail  to      
   meet the duties imposed may not be regulated under an alternative form      
   of  regulation.   Requires  the  Commerce  Commission to report to the      
   General Assembly  once  every  6 months until the end of calendar year      
   2003 the extent to which  telecommunications  carriers  are  complying      
   with interconnection  and  negotiating  requirements.   Increases  the      
   amount of various  penalties.  Delays repeal of the Telecommunications      
   Article of  the  Public  Utilities  Act until July 1, 2006.  Effective      
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE

   Last action date: JAN-07-2003

           Location: Senate

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   0     SENATE -   0


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