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(a) A telecommunications provider shall design its telephone network to allow for the expeditious deployment and integration of emerging technologies as they become commercially feasible.
(b) A telecommunications provider may develop affordable tariff rates specifically for medical links and distance learning services, provided that they comply with AS 42.05.361 - 42.05.421.
(c) A telephone company shall provide reliable powering of ordinary voice telephone service operating over those portions of the telecommunications network that are not network powered.
(d) After February 13, 1997, a telephone company shall only place
(1) new wireline facilities into service that can provide
(A) every subscriber with one-party service; and,
(B) as-built or with additional equipment, transmission and reception of data at a rate no lower than one megabit per second; and
(2) switching equipment into service that can provide
(A) custom-calling features that, at a minimum, include call waiting, call forwarding, abbreviated dialing, and three-way calling; and
(B) enhanced 911 service (E911 service) for areas served by the telephone company when requested by the governmental agency responsible for that service.
(e) After February 13, 2003, a telephone company shall only place new wireline facilities into service that can provide, as-built or with additional equipment, the ability to transmit video capable of depicting a reasonable representation of motion.
(f) By February 13, 2003, a
(1) telephone company shall provide
(A) service using switching equipment that can provide E911 service if requested by the governmental agency responsible for that service; and
(B) one-party service upon demand to subscribers; and
(C) an end-to-end data transfer rate of no less that 28.8 kilobits per second; and
(2) telecommunications provider shall provide switched digital service that operates at a rate of at least 56 kilobits per second to any customer upon request.
(g) A telecommunications provider shall work towards
(1) elimination of party-line service; and
(2) universal availability, upon request, of
(A) digital voice and data service of at least 56 - 164 kilobits per second;
(B) transmission and reception of high-bit-rate data at no less than 1 megabit per second; and
(C) reception of video as described in (e) of this section.
(h) Compliance with the requirements of 3 AAC 53.700 - 3 AAC 53.720 may not be used to justify unreasonable or imprudent construction of facilities.
History: Eff. 3/15/96, Register 137
Authority: AS 42.05.141
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