HB 817

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to telecommunications services; amending
3s. 364.025, F.S.; providing definitions; providing that a
4local exchange telecommunications company obligated to
5serve as the carrier of last resort is not obligated to
6provide basic local telecommunications service to
7customers in a multitenant business or residential
8property under certain circumstances; requiring the local
9exchange telecommunications company to notify the Public
10Service Commission when it is relieved of the obligation
11to provide service; providing for the local exchange
12telecommunications company to request a waiver of its
13carrier of last resort obligation from the commission;
14providing for carrier of last resort obligation to apply
15when specified conditions cease to exist; providing for
16effect of the act on the commission's jurisdiction;
17amending s. 364.051, F.S., relating to price regulation;
18allowing certain local exchange telecommunications
19companies to publish terms, conditions, and rates for
20nonbasic services in lieu of maintaining tariffs with the
21Public Service Commission; providing for guidelines for
22the publication; revising the notice requirement for price
23changes to nonbasic services; removing a provision that
24allows a company to elect that its basic services be
25subject to the same regulatory treatment as its nonbasic
26services; providing for a request from a company to the
27Public Service Commission to make certain reductions in
28its retail service quality requirements; revising criteria
29for granting a petition to change regulatory treatment of
30retail services; providing an effective date.
32Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
34     Section 1.  Subsection (6) is added to section 364.025,
35Florida Statutes, to read:
36     364.025  Universal service.--
37     (6)(a)  For purposes of this subsection:
38     1.  "Owner or developer" means the owner or developer of a
39multitenant business or residential property, any condominium
40association or homeowners' association thereof, or any other
41person or entity having ownership in or control over the
43     2.  "Communications service provider" means any person or
44entity providing communications services, any person or entity
45allowing another person or entity to use its communications
46facilities to provide communications services, or any person or
47entity securing rights to select communications service
48providers for a property owner or developer.
49     3.  "Communications service" means voice service or voice
50replacement service through the use of any technology.
51     (b)  A local exchange telecommunications company obligated
52by this section to serve as the carrier of last resort is not
53obligated to provide basic local telecommunications service to
54any customers in a multitenant business or residential property,
55including, but not limited to, apartments, condominiums,
56subdivisions, office buildings, or office parks, when the owner
57or developer thereof:
58     1.  Permits only one communications service provider to
59install its communications service-related facilities or
60equipment, to the exclusion of the local exchange
61telecommunications company, during the construction phase of the
63     2.  Accepts or agrees to accept incentives or rewards from
64a communications service provider that are contingent upon the
65provision of any or all communications services by one or more
66communications service providers to the exclusion of the local
67exchange telecommunications company;
68     3.  Collects from the occupants or residents of the
69property charges for the provision of any communications
70service, provided by a communications service provider other
71than the local exchange telecommunications company, to the
72occupants or residents in any manner, including, but not limited
73to, collection through rent, fees, or dues; or
74     4.  Enters into an agreement with a communications service
75provider that grants incentives or rewards to such owner or
76developer contingent upon restriction or limitation of the local
77exchange telecommunications company's access to the property.
78     (c)  The local exchange telecommunications company relieved
79of its carrier of last resort obligation to provide basic local
80telecommunications service to the occupants or residents of a
81multitenant business or residential property pursuant to
82paragraph (b) shall notify the commission of that fact in a
83timely manner.
84     (d)  A local exchange telecommunications company that is
85not automatically relieved of its carrier-of-last-resort
86obligation pursuant to subparagraphs (b)1.-4. may seek a waiver
87of its carrier of last resort obligation from the commission for
88good cause shown based on the facts and circumstances of
89provision of service to the multitenant business or residential
90property. Upon petition for such relief, notice shall be given
91by the company at the same time to the relevant building owner
92or developer. The commission shall have 90 days to act on the
93petition. The commission shall implement this paragraph through
95     (e)  If all conditions described in subparagraphs (b)1.-4.
96cease to exist at a property, the owner or developer requests in
97writing that the local exchange telecommunications company make
98service available to customers at the property and confirms in
99writing that all conditions described in subparagraphs (b)1.-4.
100have ceased to exist at the property, and the owner or developer
101has not arranged and does not intend to arrange with another
102communications service provider to make communications service
103available to customers at the property, then the carrier of last
104resort obligation under this section shall again apply to the
105local exchange telecommunications company at the property;
106however, the local exchange telecommunications company may
107require that the owner or developer pay to the company in
108advance a reasonable fee to recover costs that exceed the costs
109that would have been incurred to construct or acquire facilities
110to serve customers at the property initially, and the company
111shall have a reasonable period of time following the request
112from the owner or developer to make arrangements for service
113availability. If any conditions described in subparagraphs
114(b)1.-4. again exist at the property, then paragraph (b) shall
115again apply.
116     (f)  This subsection does not affect the limitations on the
117jurisdiction of the commission imposed by s. 364.011 or s.
119     Section 2.  Subsections (5), (6), and (7) of section
120364.051, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
121     364.051  Price regulation.--
122     (5)  NONBASIC SERVICES.--Price regulation of nonbasic
123services shall consist of the following:
124     (a)  Each company subject to this section shall, at its
125option, maintain tariffs with the commission or otherwise
126publicly publish containing the terms, conditions, and rates for
127each of its nonbasic services, and may set or change, on 1 day's
12815 days' notice, the rate for each of its nonbasic services. For
129a company electing to publicly publish the terms, conditions,
130and rates for each of its nonbasic services, the commission may
131establish guidelines for the publication. The guidelines may not
132require more information than what is required to be filed with
133a tariff. The, except that a price increase for any nonbasic
134service category shall not exceed 6 percent within a 12-month
135period until there is another provider providing local
136telecommunications service in an exchange area at which time the
137price for any nonbasic service category may be increased in an
138amount not to exceed 20 percent within a 12-month period, and
139the rate shall be presumptively valid. However, for purposes of
140this subsection, the prices of:
141     1.  A voice-grade, flat-rate, multi-line business local
142exchange service, including multiple individual lines, centrex
143lines, private branch exchange trunks, and any associated
144hunting services, that provides dial tone and local usage
145necessary to place a call within a local exchange calling area;
147     2.  Telecommunications services provided under contract
148service arrangements to the SUNCOM Network, as defined in
149chapter 282,
151shall be capped at the rates in effect on July 1, 1995, and such
152rates shall not be increased prior to January 1, 2000; provided,
153however, that a petition to increase such rates may be filed
154pursuant to subsection (4) utilizing the standards set forth
155therein. There shall be a flat-rate pricing option for multi-
156line business local exchange service, and mandatory measured
157service for multi-line business local exchange service shall not
158be imposed. Nothing contained in this section shall prevent the
159local exchange telecommunications company from meeting offerings
160by any competitive provider of the same, or functionally
161equivalent, nonbasic services in a specific geographic market or
162to a specific customer by deaveraging the price of any nonbasic
163service, packaging nonbasic services together or with basic
164services, using volume discounts and term discounts, and
165offering individual contracts. However, the local exchange
166telecommunications company shall not engage in any
167anticompetitive act or practice, nor unreasonably discriminate
168among similarly situated customers.
169     (b)  The commission shall have continuing regulatory
170oversight of nonbasic services for purposes of ensuring
171resolution of service complaints, preventing cross-subsidization
172of nonbasic services with revenues from basic services, and
173ensuring that all providers are treated fairly in the
174telecommunications market. The cost standard for determining
175cross-subsidization is whether the total revenue from a nonbasic
176service is less than the total long-run incremental cost of the
177service. Total long-run incremental cost means service-specific
178volume and nonvolume-sensitive costs.
179     (c)  The price charged to a consumer for a nonbasic service
180shall cover the direct costs of providing the service and shall,
181to the extent a cost is not included in the direct cost, include
182as an imputed cost the price charged by the company to
183competitors for any monopoly component used by a competitor in
184the provision of its same or functionally equivalent service.
185     (6)  After a local exchange telecommunications company that
186has more than 1 million access lines in service has reduced its
187intrastate switched network access rates to parity, as defined
188in s. 364.164(5), the local exchange telecommunications
189company's basic local telecommunications service may, at the
190company's election, be subject to the same regulatory treatment
191as its nonbasic services. The company's retail service quality
192requirements that are not already equal to the service quality
193requirements imposed upon the competitive local exchange
194telecommunications companies shall at the company's request to
195the commission thereafter be no greater than those imposed upon
196competitive local exchange telecommunications companies unless
197the commission, within 120 days after the company's request
198election, determines otherwise. In such event, the commission
199may grant some reductions in service quality requirements in
200some or all of the company's local calling areas. The commission
201may not impose retail service quality requirements on
202competitive local exchange telecommunications companies greater
203than those existing on January 1, 2003.
204     (7)  After If a local exchange telecommunications company
205that has more than 1 million access lines in service has reduced
206its intrastate switched network access rates to parity, as
207defined in s. 364.164(5) elects, pursuant to subsection (6), to
208subject its retail basic local telecommunications services to
209the same regulatory treatment as its nonbasic services, the
210local exchange telecommunications company may petition the
211commission for regulatory treatment of its retail services at a
212level no greater than that imposed by the commission upon
213competitive local exchange telecommunications companies. The
214local exchange telecommunications company shall:
215     (a)  Show that granting the petition is in the public
217     (b)  Demonstrate that the competition faced by the company
218is sufficient and sustainable to allow such competition to
219supplant regulation by the commission; and
220     (c)(b)  Reduce its intrastate switched network access rates
221to its local reciprocal interconnection rate upon the grant of
222the petition.
224The commission shall act upon such a petition within 9 months
225after its filing with the commission. In making its
226determination to either grant or deny the petition, the
227commission shall determine the extent to which the level of
228competition faced by the local exchange telecommunications
229company permits and will continue to permit the company to have
230its retail services regulated no differently than the
231competitive local exchange telecommunications companies are then
232being regulated. The commission may not increase the level of
233regulation for competitive local exchange telecommunications
234companies to a level greater than that which exists on the date
235the local exchange telecommunications company files its
237     Section 3.  This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.

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