DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Universal telecommunications service. Requires the utility regulatory commission (IURC) to adopt rules to preserve and expand universal telecommunications service throughout Indiana. Provides that the rules adopted must: (1) designate certain telecommunications services as universal services that should be available in all regions at just, reasonable, and comparable rates; (2) identify certain geographic areas as underserved areas; and (3) be consistent with federal universal service regulations. Establishes a telecommunications universal service fund to provide financial assistance to telecommunications providers providing universal service to underserved areas.