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(a) An incumbent local exchange carrier may petition the commission to modify its existing retail local exchange rates to establish new rates for the noncompetitive area if the carrier
(1) is a rural telephone company as defined in 47 U.S.C. 153(37); and
(2) demonstrates that a competitor may enter the incumbent local exchange carrier's service area.
(b) An incumbent local exchange carrier that is not a rural telephone company as defined in 47 U.S.C. 153(37), or that cannot make the demonstration required by (a)(2) of this section, may petition the commission for approval to use the provisions of (d) - (h) of this section to propose modifications of the carrier's existing retail local exchange rates for the noncompetitive areas. The carrier must obtain approval of its petition before filing a rate modification proposal under this section. The commission may grant a petition filed under this subsection if the carrier demonstrates that using the provisions of (d) - (h) of this section is in the public interest.
(c) A petition for permanent rate modification, filed under this section by an incumbent local exchange carrier, and as approved by the commission, becomes effective only upon approval of the competitor's application for certification or eligible telecommunications carrier designation in the incumbent local carrier's service area.
(d) A petition for a rate modification filed under this section must also be filed in accordance with 3 AAC 48.270, and must include the following:
(1) a reference to this section and a description of the service or group of services that are or may become competitive in one or more portions of the incumbent carrier's service area and, if applicable, the docket number of the competitor's application proceeding;
(2) a study in support of the rate modification; the study must be based on
(A) the incumbent carrier's most recent revenue requirement study or cost-of-service and rate design study, including demand levels from the test year if the revenue requirement study or cost-of-service and rate design study was approved within the previous three years;
(B) a new revenue requirement developed under 3 AAC 48.275; or
(3) a detailed description and an explanation of the method used to determine the revenue requirement, demand, and rates proposed for each exchange including
(A) all accounts or subaccounts and the amounts that are directly assigned to each exchange;
(B) all accounts or subaccounts and the amounts that are allocated among the exchanges, together with a description of the allocation methodology and the basis for the factors used; and
(C) an analysis demonstrating that the sum of the revenue requirements for the exchanges in noncompetitive areas plus the exchanges in competitive local exchange markets equals
(i) the total company local revenue requirement approved by the commission within the three previous years; or
(4) a copy of the carrier's federal universal service fund disaggregation plan filing under 47 C.F.R. 54.315;
(5) an explanation of how the cost allocations and universal service fund assignments used in the proposed rate modification are consistent with or different from the cost allocations and universal service fund assignments from the carrier's federal universal service fund disaggregation plan filing;
(6) supporting data and reasons why the cost differences by exchange cannot or should not be addressed through the current or an amended federal universal service fund disaggregation plan filing;
(7) a description of the operating revenues by exchange based on billing records from the test year used to develop the revenue requirement;
(8) a description of the methodology used to allocate all operating revenues that are not specifically related to an exchange;
(9) existing rates for discretionary services and non-recurring charges;
(10) a cost allocation manual, developed consistent with the cost allocation principles of 47 C.F.R. 64.901, as revised as of October 1, 2004 and adopted by reference, with costs for competitive local exchange markets treated like nonregulated costs; the cost allocation manual must specify how the incumbent local exchange carrier will separate nonregulated costs and costs for competitive local exchange markets from regulated costs for noncompetitive areas; the cost allocation manual must remain in effect until completion of the carrier's next general rate case or until otherwise ordered by the commission; however, if an incumbent local exchange carrier received approval under (b) of this section to use the provisions of (d) - (h) of this section to propose modifications to the carrier's existing retail local exchange rates, the carrier is not required to file a cost allocation manual under this paragraph.
(e) A petition for a rate modification filed under this section may include
(1) deaveraged rates for private line services based on differences in cost between exchanges; and
(2) a differential between basic residential rates and business rates within the same exchange area with a detailed explanation and a justification for any change in the differential between basic residential rates and business rates.
(f) A local exchange carrier may petition the commission to implement, on an interim and refundable basis, its rate modification proposal in the noncompetitive areas
(1) on the date a competitor is granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity;
(2) when a competitor is designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier in the local exchange carrier's service area; or
(3) on the date a competitor offers services to a customer for compensation, if
(A) a complete petition for rate modification is filed with the commission; and
(B) the commission has not previously approved or denied the petition to modify rates.
(g) Any information required under (d) of this section may also be filed in the docket relating to the competitor's application for certification or for eligible telecommunications carrier designation to aid in the commission's consideration of the application.
(h) Upon petition, or on its own motion, for good cause, the commission may delay or advance the implementation of a rate modification proposal that is the subject of a petition under (f) of this section.
(i) In this section, "general rate case" means a proceeding, initiated by a filing with supporting information described in 3 AAC 48.275, in which the commission reviews the local exchange carrier's costs and revenues to establish rates
History: Eff. 9/16/2005, Register 175
Authority: AS 42.05.141
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