(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, an electing company that has more than five million access lines in this state may not offer in an exchange a service listed in Sections 58.151(1)-(4) as a component of a package of services or as a promotional offering until the company makes the reduction in switched access service rates required by Section 58.301(2) unless the customer of one of the pricing flexibility offerings described in this subsection is a federal, state, or local governmental entity.(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, an electing company that has more than five million access lines in this state may not offer a volume or term discount on any service listed in Sections 58.151(1)-(4) until September 1, 2000, unless the customer of one of the pricing flexibility offerings described in this subsection is a federal, state, or local governmental entity.(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, an electing company that has more than five million access lines in this state may offer in an exchange a service listed in Sections 58.051(a)(1)-(4) as a component of a package of services, as a promotional offering, or with a volume or term discount on and after September 1, 1999.
PACKAGING, TERM AND VOLUME DISCOUNTS, AND PROMOTIONAL OFFERINGS.
(a) An incumbent local exchange company may elect to be subject to incentive regulation and to make the corresponding infrastructure commitment under this chapter by notifying the commission in writing of its election.(b) The notice must include a statement that the company agrees to:(1) limit until September 1, 2005, any increase in a rate the company charges for basic network services as prescribed by Subchapter C; and(2) fulfill the infrastructure commitment prescribed by Subchapters F and G.(c) Except as provided in Subsection (d), an election under this chapter remains in effect until the legislature eliminates the incentive regulation authorized by this chapter and Chapter 59.(d) The commission may allow an electing company serving fewer than five million access lines to withdraw the company's election under this chapter:(1) on application by the company; and(2) only for good cause.(e) In this section, "good cause" includes only matters beyond the control of the company.
(a) Except as provided by Subchapter E, Chapter 52, basic network services of an electing company are regulated:(1) in accordance with this chapter; and(2) to the extent not inconsistent with this chapter, in accordance with:(A) Subtitle A; (B) Chapters 51, 54, 60, 62, and 63;(C) Chapter 52, except for Subchapter F; (D) Subchapters C, D, and E, Chapter 53; (E) Chapter 55, except for:(i) Subchapters F and G; and(ii) Sections 55.001, 55.002, 55.003, and 55.004;(F) Sections 53.001, 53.003, 53.004, 53.006, 53.065, 55.005, 55.006, 55.009, and 55.010; and(G) commission rules and procedures.(b) The commission must approve a change in the terms of the tariff offering of a basic network service.
(a) The commission may not raise a service standard applicable to the provision of local exchange telephone service by an electing company if the increased investment required to comply with the raised standard in any year exceeds 10 percent of the company's average annual intrastate additions in capital investment for the most recent five-year period.(b) In computing the average under Subsection (a), the company shall exclude:(1) extraordinary investments made during the five-year period; and(2) investments required by Section 58.203.
(a) As a condition of election under this chapter, an electing company shall commit to not increasing a rate for a basic network service on or before the fourth anniversary of its election date.(b) The rates an electing company may charge on or before that fourth anniversary are the rates charged by the company on June 1, 1995, or, for a company that elects under this chapter after September 1, 1999, the rates charged on the date of its election, without regard to a proceeding pending under:(1) Section 15.001;(2) Subchapter D, Chapter 53; or(3) Subchapter G, Chapter 2001, Government Code.(c) Notwithstanding Subsections (a) and (b), the cap on the rates for basic network services for a company electing under this chapter may not expire before September 1, 2005.
If the company has been required to perform or has elected to perform a long run incremental cost study, the appropriate cost for the service is the service's long run incremental cost.
The electing company must also notify the commission of the company's binding commitment to make the following infrastructure improvements not later than September 1, 2000:(1) install Common Channel Signaling 7 capability in each central office; and(2) connect all of the company's serving central offices to their respective LATA tandem central offices with optical fiber or equivalent facilities.(c) The commission by rule shall prescribe appropriate subsets of services.(d) An electing company may file with the commission a request for a finding under this section.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, but subject to Subsection (b), an electing company may not offer in an exchange a service, or an appropriate subset of a service, listed in Sections 58.051(a)(1)-(4) or Sections 58.151(1)-(4) in a manner that results in a customer-specific contract, unless the other party to the contract is a federal, state, or local governmental entity, until the earlier of September 1, 2003, or the date on which the commission finds that at least 40 percent of the total access lines for that service or appropriate subset of that service in that exchange are served by competitive alternative providers that are not affiliated with the electing company.(b) The requirements prescribed by Subsection (a) do not apply to an electing company serving fewer than five million access lines after the date on which it completes the infrastructure improvements described in this subsection. The commission by rule or order shall prescribe the documentation required under this subsection.(c) The electing company must also provide notice to its customers after providing notice to the commission. The notice must be accompanied by sufficient documentary evidence to demonstrate that the rate adjustment is authorized under Section 58.056, 58.057, or 58.058. Log in today, or call us to set up your online access! Pay bills, check your balance, and transfer money from your tablet, smartphone or computer. In this chapter, "electing company" means an incumbent local exchange company that elects to be subject to incentive regulation and to make the corresponding infrastructure commitment under this chapter.