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House Bill 1518


House Bill 1518

ARCHIVE (2005)

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DIGEST OF HB 1518 (Updated February 24, 2005 10:48 pm - DI 14)


Telecommunications regulatory reform. Specifies that a person or an entity that transmits communications over Internet Protocol enabled services is not a public utility subject to the regulation of the utility regulatory commission (IURC). Prohibits the IURC from exercising jurisdiction over: (1) advanced and broadband services; and (2) information services. After June 30, 2007, prohibits the IURC from exercising jurisdiction over any nonbasic telecommunications service. Specifies that if a provider raises certain recurring rates, the provider shall continue to offer a flat monthly rate with unlimited local calling for basic telecommunications services. After June 30, 2010, prohibits the IURC from exercising jurisdiction over: pricing, terms, and conditions for basic telecommunications service. Requires the IURC to establish reasonable pricing for unbundled network elements, the resale of telecommunications services, and interconnection in accordance with the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996. Requires the IURC to biennially identify and eliminate telecommunications regulations no longer necessary due to advances in technology and competition. Specifies that duties to provide dual party relay services for the hearing and speech impaired apply to providers of advanced, broadband, and other Internet services. Specifies the rights and obligations of providers of last resort, exiting providers, and successor providers. Allows the IURC to retain jurisdiction over the provision of 211 services. Requires IURC to submit to the regulatory flexibility committee (the "committee") a report that includes an analysis of various issues concerning the telecommunications industry, including the status of competition in the industry and the availability of various telecommunication services in Indiana. Requires the IURC to submit its report to the committee not later than November 15, 2006. Requires the IURC to include in the report any recommendations for proposed legislation concerning the industry that the IURC determines to be in the public interest. Requires the IURC to retain jurisdiction over the rates that may be charged by an incumbent local exchange carrier to a pay phone service provider.
Current Status:
 Passed 2nd reading - first House
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