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Title 3 . Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Chapter 48 . Telecommunications
Section 315. Telecommunications utility rate reductions

3 AAC 48.315. Telecommunications utility rate reductions

(a) A telecommunications utility may reduce a retail rate without commission approval after notice of a tariff filing submitted by the utility in accordance with applicable filing requirements and notice procedures of this chapter, 3 AAC 52, and 3 AAC 53.

(b) Notwithstanding (a) of this section, the commission may act on rates proposed as follows:

(1) in a local exchange area not designated as a competitive local exchange market under 3 AAC 53.205, the commission will either deny or require modification of rates proposed by a local exchange carrier if the proposal violates an applicable statutory requirement of AS 42.05;

(2) in all other areas, a telecommunications utility proposal to reduce retail rates must comply with the applicable requirements of 3 AAC 52.370, 3 AAC 53.240, or 3 AAC 53.243.

(c) The provisions of 3 AAC 48.275(a) do not apply to a telecommunications utility submitting a tariff filing involving a rate reduction that is not associated with a rate increase. This subsection does not prevent the commission or its staff from requesting information necessary to review compliance with (b) of this section.

(d) In taking any action under this section, the commission may, consistent with principles of state and federal antitrust law, act to preserve fair competition, prevent predatory pricing, and prohibit an unjust or unreasonable bundled service.

History: Eff. 9/16/2005, Register 175

Authority: AS 42.05.141

AS 42.05.145

AS 42.05.151

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