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52 Pa. Code § 63.74. EAS polls.

§ 63.74. EAS polls.

 Whenever a traffic usage study between contiguous exchanges or between qualified noncontiguous exchanges qualifies for EAS under paragraphs (1) and (2), a subscriber poll of the calling exchange shall be conducted by the local exchange carrier serving the calling exchange to determine if the local calling area should be extended.

   (1)  For intraLATA routes, a route qualifies for extended area service if it has an average monthly calling frequency of 5.50 or more calls per access line from one exchange to another and where at least 50% of the access lines in the calling exchange have been used for 1.00 or more calls per month to the receiving exchange.

   (2)  For interLATA routes, a route qualifies for EAS if it has an average monthly calling frequency of 5.50 or more calls per access line from one exchange to another.

   (3)  A subscriber request for polling will not be considered a legal pleading and will not be subject to response by a utility or another party.

   (4)  A poll is not required if subscribers have affirmatively rejected the implementation of EAS from the calling exchange to the receiving exchange during the preceding 2 years.

   (5)  Two-way balloting will not be required unless usage standards are met in both directions.

   (6)  If two-way balloting is required and if the same telephone utility serves each exchange, the utility shall poll subscribers in each exchange for EAS into the other exchange. If different telephone utilities serve each exchange, each utility shall poll its own subscribers.

   (7)  A poll is not required when usage standards are met on a specific route and there will be no increase in the local service charge for extending the local calling area of an exchange. In this instance, one-way EAS shall be implemented over the qualifying route.

   (8)  When usage standards are met in both directions, two-way balloting is not required if there will be no increase in the local service charge for extending the local calling area for one of the two exchanges. If one of the two exchanges will receive an increase, than that exchange shall be polled and, if the exchange polled adopts EAS two-way EAS shall be implemented. Otherwise, one-way EAS shall be implemented on the route where there will be no increase.

   (9)  If circumstances require, the Commission may specify additional conditions under which polls shall be conducted.

   (10)  A local exchange carrier may petition the Commission for waiver of a provision of this section to address unique circumstances.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  63.74 issued under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  63.74 adopted March 17, 1989, effective March 18, 1989, 19 Pa.B. 1179; amended May 17, 1991, effective May 18, 1991, 21 Pa.B. 2555; amended June 18, 1993, effective June 19, 1993, 23 Pa.B. 2829. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (157991) to (157992).

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  63.71 (relating to definitions); and 52 Pa. Code §  63.75 (relating to subscriber polls).



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