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52 Pa. Code § 63.106. Noncompetitive services and tariffs.

§ 63.106. Noncompetitive services and tariffs.

 (a)  A noncompetitive service, as defined in §  63.102 (relating to definitions), offered by an interexchange telecommunications carrier shall be included in a tariff filed in compliance with sections 1302 and 1303 of the code (relating to tariffs; filing and inspection; and adherence to tariffs).

 (b)  Modifications to the rates, terms or conditions of the noncompetitive service set forth in the interexchange carrier’s tariff shall be implemented through the filing of a tariff supplement and verified supporting documentation. The interexchange telecommunications carrier shall serve the tariff supplement on the Office of Consumer Advocate, the Office of Small Business Advocate and the Commission’s Office of Trial Staff. The interexchange telecommunications carrier shall provide notice to the customer of the proposed change to the noncompetitive service 45 days prior to the filing of the tariff supplement with the Commission.

 (c)  The tariff supplement and verified supporting documentation must contain the following information:

   (1)  An indication on each page of the tariff supplement that the page pertains to the noncompetitive service.

   (2)  A description of the noncompetitive service.

   (3)  The rates proposed for the noncompetitive service.

   (4)  Supporting data justifying the proposed rates for the noncompetitive service.

   (5)  An executive overview summarizing the reason for the filing which includes relevant information regarding the safety, adequacy, reliability and privacy considerations related to the proposed service.

   (6)  Other reasonable justification or any relevant data that is requested by the Commission after its initial review.

 (d)  The interexchange telecommunications carrier is not required to submit cost justification, cost-of-service or revenue data relating to the proposed change as directed in subsection (c)(4) if one of the following applies:

   (1)  The proposed change does not purport to increase an existing rate or surcharge.

   (2)  The proposed change to the noncompetitive service is designed to make the rates, terms or conditions for that service comparable to the rates, terms and conditions that have been approved by several other state commissions.

 (e)  The noncompetitive service tariff supplement shall be filed to become effective on 16-days’ notice by the interexchange telecommunications carrier.

 (f)  Review of noncompetitive service tariff supplements shall be conducted consistent with the following procedures:

   (1)  Within 14 days of the date of filing of the tariff supplement with the Commission, the Commission will issue a notice allowing the tariff supplement to become effective or issue a report that explains why the tariff supplement may not become effective without modification. The report must identify modifications which would eliminate inadequacies in the tariff supplement. The Commission will deliver or transmit the notice or report to the filing interexchange telecommunications carrier at the time of issuance.

   (2)  When the Commission issues a notice allowing the tariff supplement to go into effect, the tariff supplement shall become effective, without modification, 16 days after the filing date. If the Commission does not issue a notice or report on the tariff supplement within the 14-day period, the tariff supplement will go into effect by operation of law at the end of the 16-days’ notice period.

   (3)  When the Commission prohibits a tariff supplement from going into effect and issues a report addressing the inadequacies in the tariff supplement, the tariff supplement shall be suspended pending consideration of the tariff supplement under paragraphs (4) and (5).

   (4)  The filing interexchange telecommunications carrier may file a response to the suspension of the carrier’s tariff supplement. The response shall be filed within 7 days of the issuance of the report.

   (5)  In the alternative, the interexchange telecommunications carrier may withdraw the tariff supplement and file a new tariff supplement which adopts the modifications addressed in the report or which reflects a version of the tariff supplement that has been agreed to by the carrier and the Commission. When a modified tariff supplement is filed, the modified tariff supplement shall become effective on 1-day’s notice.

 (g)  An interexchange telecommunications carrier requesting rate decreases for its existing noncompetitive services shall be permitted to put them into effect at the end of the specified 16-day notice period without further review or approval by the Commission.

 (h)  An interexchange telecommunications carrier requesting changes in the terms and conditions of its existing noncompetitive services, when the changes do not result in any rate changes, shall be permitted to put them into effect at the end of the specified 16-day notice period without further review or approval by the Commission.

 (i)  This section supersedes Chapter 53 (relating to tariffs for noncommon carriers) to the extent that Chapter 53 is inconsistent with this section.



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