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(a) The retail rates for message telephone service of each interexchange carrier must be geographically averaged. If rates vary by the distance over which calls are placed, the rate for each mileage band must be equal to or greater than the rate for the next shorter mileage band. Discounts, if offered, must be available at all locations in the state where the carrier offers service.
(b) A certificated carrier shall maintain a current tariff of retail rates and all special contracts for retail rates on file with the commission. The certificated carrier may modify retail rates, offer new or repackaged services, and implement special contracts for retail service without approval of the commission after 30 days' notice to the commission of a tariff filing submitted in accordance with 3 AAC 48.220, 3 AAC 48.240, and 3 AAC 48.270. A tariff filing by a registered entity must comply with 3 AAC 52.367 unless it is a special contract. A special contract filed by a registered entity must be submitted in accordance with 3 AAC 48.220, 3 AAC 48.240, and 3 AAC 48.270. A modification in retail rates must be consistent with (a) of this section.
(c) Repealed 9/16/2005.
(d) Notwithstanding (b) of this section, the commission will disapprove and require modification of rates that are not just and reasonable or that grant an unreasonable preference or advantage to any customer or subject a customer to an unreasonable prejudice or disadvantage.
(e) A carrier offering an intrastate interexchange service on a 1-plus direct-dialed basis shall make the service available statewide. In an area where the carrier does not offer 1-plus direct-dialed service, the carrier shall provide the service through a toll-free number or through a calling card with not additional surcharge. If a carrier is unable to provide the service through a toll-free number or calling card, the carrier shall request commission approval of an alternative method of providing service or seek a waiver of this subsection.
History: Eff. 3/16/91, Register 117; am 7/8/93, Register 127; am 9/1/2002, Register 163; am 5/18/2003, Register 166; am 9/16/2005, Register 175
Authority: AS 42.05.141
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