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Title 3 . Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Chapter 48 . Telecommunications
Section 814. Public advocacy section participation in proceedings

3 AAC 48.814. Public advocacy section participation in proceedings

(a) In determining whether the public advocacy section will be directed to participate as a party in a matter, the commission will consider whether the matter involves

(1) a rate or condition of service that will apply to the public;

(2) a substantial change in the market structure of an industry that is likely to affect the cost, reliability, availability, or safety of a utility service;

(3) a consumer or public interest that the existing parties are unlikely to represent adequately;

(4) a need for additional or formal investigation, if recommended by the commission staff after a preliminary review;

(5) a dispute between utilities or pipeline carriers, if participation by the public advocacy section may help to settle the dispute or narrow the issues;

(6) an independent investigation, if needed to develop a more complete record; or

(7) a significant policy issue involving the public interest.

(b) If the chair of the commission does not direct the public advocacy section to participate as a party in a matter, and if the public advocacy section considers participation to be in the public interest, the public advocacy section may file a petition for intervention in accordance with 3 AAC 48.110.

(c) In addition to all rights set out in this chapter, the public advocacy section has the same rights as any party to a proceeding to request the commission to reconsider an order.

(d) The public advocacy section may participate as a member of the public in any commission proceeding.

History: Eff. 3/21/2003, Register 165

Authority: AS 42.04.070

AS 42.04.150

AS 42.05.141

AS 42.05.151

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