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(a) As set out in (b) - (c) of this section, a local exchange telephone utility providing service to an exchange shall install and maintain plant, equipment, and facilities necessary to provide 2-PIC dialing in that exchange upon receipt of a bona fide request for interconnection.
(b) If a local exchange telephone utility receives a bona fide request for interconnection in an exchange where interstate equal access is available at the time of the request, that utility shall implement 2-PIC dialing in that exchange within 90 days after receipt of that request. Upon implementation of 2-PIC dialing, the access line or lines of each customer will be presubscribed to the incumbent carrier until the local exchange telephone utility receives a request from an interexchange carrier to change the customer's interexchange carrier.
(c) If a local exchange telephone utility receives a bona fide request for interconnection in an exchange where interstate equal access is not being provided at the time of the request, that utility shall provide 2-PIC dialing at the same time and on the same schedule as required by the Federal Communications Commission for the implementation of interstate equal access. In this event, presubscription balloting for intrastate interexchange carriers shall be conducted by that utility in coordination with balloting for interstate interexchange carriers, as follows:
(1) At least 45 days in advance of the mailing of interstate interexchange presubscription ballots, a local exchange telephone utility shall file with the commission for review and approval a proposed intrastate interexchange presubscription ballot that lists the available intrastate interexchange carriers. The ballot must clearly state that a customer may select different interexchange carriers for intrastate and interstate interexchange services.
(2) Pending the conversion to 2-PIC equal access, 1-plus and no-plus intrastate interexchange calls and o-minus calls must be routed to the incumbent carrier. Other intrastate interexchange carriers shall obtain access through Feature Group A or Feature Group B access from the local exchange telephone utility, without discount, or through the incumbent carrier's 2-PIC equal access tandem.
(d) If a local exchange telephone utility desires a waiver of (b) of this section, that utility must file a motion for that waiver within 30 days after receipt of a bona fide request for interconnection and include a schedule that states when 2-PIC dialing can be provided, the financial and technical basis for the waiver request, and a proposed public notice of the interim dialing arrangements. The proposed public notice must explain the 1-PIC dialing arrangements, list carriers available to provide both intrastate and interstate interexchange services, and describe the actions necessary to change a presubscribed access line to a different interstate interexchange carrier.
(e) If a waiver of (b) of this section is granted, the local exchange telephone utility shall implement 1-PIC dialing for the period prior to 2-PIC implementation in accordance with the following rules:
(1) Within 14 days after commission approval of a waiver and associated public notice, the local exchange telephone utility shall mail copies of the approved notice to its customers. Each intrastate interexchange carrier listed on the notice will be billed by the local exchange telephone utility for an equal share of the cost of providing notice under this paragraph.
(2) The local exchange telephone utility shall implement 1-PIC dialing 45 days after the commission approves of the waiver.
History: Eff. 6/27/92, Register 122; am 10/29/94, Register 132; am 11/11/2001, Register 160; am 4/24/2004, Register 170
Authority: AS 42.05.141
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