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Re: Delaware Reconsideration

  Is there a part of the telecom act which requires the LECs to deploy new 
  technologies?  What section of the Act is this?  jamie
  On Tue, 16 Jul 1996 AerieGroup@aol.com wrote:
  > Two days before the ISDN hearing in Delaware, Bell Atlantic proposed new,
  > region-wide rates.  If adopted, these rates would reduce a nailed-down line
  > from $1828 to $249.  Bell Atlantic objected to any discussion of the new
  > proposal, but the parties testified that any rate substantially over $20 was
  > unreasonable.  Bell Atlantic continues to charge the OLD rates.  The Hearing
  > Examiner agreed, and proposed $28.  The Commission adopted this position.
  > Bell Atlantic now claims that its due process has been violated because its
  > revised rates were not considered.  This principle would paralyze regulation.
  > Every time a telco faced a hearing, it could issue a new proposal two days
  > before, and start the process all over from scratch -- meanwhile charging the
  > OLD rates.
  > Bell Atlantic's substantive argument is that the new rates are among the
  > lowest of any Bell company in the nation -- largely because no state other
  > than Utah has held a full-dress hearing.  Other states have yet to challenge
  > or have entered settlements that are not favorable to ratepayers.  Still,
  > this argument may have some force.
  > -- Scott Rafferty
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