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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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