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Title 3 . Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Chapter 53 . Telecommunications
Section 705. Modernization requirements

3 AAC 53.705. Modernization requirements

(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

AS 42.05.145

AS 42.05.151

AS 42.05.221

AS 42.05.241

AS 42.05.291

AS 42.05.311

AS 42.05.321

AS 42.05.800


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