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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 01-248



Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Law Bureau Prosecutory Staff v. QUEST Telecommunications, Inc.; Doc. No. C-00004124; A-310181

[31 Pa.B. 898]

Public Meeting
held January 24, 2001

Commissioners Present:  John M. Quain, Chairperson; Robert K. Bloom, Vice Chairperson; Nora Mead Brownell; Aaron Wilson, Jr.; Terrance J. Fitzpatrick

Default Order

By the Commission:

   On August 30, 2000, the Law Bureau Prosecutory Staff instituted a complaint against QUEST Telecommunications, Inc. (the Respondent), an IXC reseller certificated at A-310181. In the complaint, Prosecutory Staff alleged that the Commission sent by certified mail a notice to the Respondent that its monthly Universal Service Fund assessments were overdue by 3 or more months. The complaint charged that the Respondent violated the Commission's order entered on February 4, 2000, at Docket No. L-00000148 (Rulemaking Re Establishing Universal Service Fund Regulations at Pa. Code §§ 63.141--63.1502) by not paying the monthly assessments.

   The complaint sought an order from the Commission canceling the Respondent's certificate of public convenience for failure to pay its assessment and accrued late charges. The complaint was mailed by the Secretary's Bureau on August 31, 2000, and according to the postal return receipt, service was perfected on September 6, 2000. To date, more than 20 days later, no answer has been filed to the complaint and the assessments have still not been paid; Therefore, It Is Ordered That:

   1.  The allegations in the Law Bureau Prosecutory Staff's complaint are deemed admitted and the complaint is thereby sustained.

   2.  The Secretary serve a copy of this Order upon all jurisdictional telecommunication carriers, the Office of Consumer Advocate, the Office of Small Business Advocate, the Office of Trial Staff, and the Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection, and also cause a copy of this Order to be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin with a 20-day comment period.

   3.  QUEST Telecommunications, Inc. immediately cease providing service to any new customers and, within 10 days of the entry of this Order, provide a written notice to each existing customer directing each to select an alternative IXC service provider within 30 days of the date of the notice. Such notice must include a statement of the Commission's intent to cancel the company's certificate of public convenience absent public comment within the 20-day time period established pursuant to Ordering Paragraph No. 2, above.

   4.  Absent the filing of adverse public comment, 30 days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and without further action by the Commission, the certificate of public convenience held by QUEST Telecommunications, Inc. at Docket No. A-310181 shall be canceled, and the company's name stricken from all active utility lists maintained by the Tariff and Annual Report Section of the Commission's Bureau of Fixed Utility Services and the Assessment Section of the Bureau of Audits.

By the Commission


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 01-248. Filed for public inspection February 9, 2001, 9:00 a.m.]

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