HB 1956 Local exchange telephone companies.
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Local exchange telephone service. Authorizes the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to grant certificates of public convenience and necessity (beginning January 1, 1996) to applicants proposing to furnish local exchange telephone service in the service territory of another certificate holder (the “incumbent”). Under current law, companies other than the incumbent telephone company are prohibited from providing local exchange service.

The bill requires the SCC, before granting a certificate, to (i) consider whether such action reasonably protects the affordability of basic local exchange service and assures the continuation of quality service and (ii) find that such action will not unreasonably prejudice or disadvantage any class of telephone customers or service providers, and is in the public interest.

Under the provisions of the bill, if the SCC issues a certificate to a new entrant to provide local exchange service, it is required to adopt a form of regulation for the new entrant's local exchange services and for the incumbent (upon application pursuant to 56-235.5) that does not regulate the earnings of either (pursuant to guidelines and standards prescribed in the legislation). The SCC, however, has the authority to modify the form of regulation if it finds that competition or the potential for competition no longer effectively regulates the price of a service. The SCC is also required to promulgate rules to implement the bill's provisions in the manner prescribed in the legislation.

Full text:
01/20/95  House: Presented & ordered printed LD6923288  pdf
01/31/95  House: Committee substitute printed LD4727288-H1  pdf
02/15/95  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1956ER)  pdf
02/23/95  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0035)  pdf

01/20/95  House: Presented & ordered printed LD6923288
01/20/95  House: Referred to Committee on Corporations, Insurance and Banking
01/31/95  House: Reported from C. I. B. w/sub. (22-Y 0-N)
01/31/95  House: Committee substitute printed LD4727288-H1
02/01/95  House: Read first time
02/02/95  House: Read second time
02/02/95  House: Committee substitute agreed to LD4727288-H1
02/02/95  House: Engrossed by House - com. sub. LD4727288-H1
02/03/95  House: Read third time and passed House (Block Vote) (100-Y 0-N)
02/03/95  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/03/95  House: Communicated to Senate
02/06/95  Senate: Read first time
02/06/95  Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/13/95  Senate: Reported from Commerce and Labor (14-Y 1-N)
02/14/95  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/14/95  Senate: VOTE: CONST. READING DISPENSED (39-Y 0-N)
02/15/95  Senate: Read third time
02/15/95  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N)
02/15/95  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (39-Y 1-N)
02/15/95  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1956ER)
02/16/95  House: Enrolled
02/16/95  House: Signed by Speaker
02/16/95  Senate: Signed by President
02/23/95  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 35 (effective 7/1/95)
02/23/95  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0035)