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52 Pa. Code § 63.75. Subscriber polls.

§ 63.75. Subscriber polls.

 The following rules apply to EAS subscriber polls:

   (1)  Within 180 days of the submission of traffic usage data indicating that a route qualifies for EAS under §  63.74 (relating to EAS polls), a local exchange carrier shall file a petition with the Commission requesting approval of a proposed transmittal letter and ballot which includes an estimate of the increase in the charge for local service to the Commission as a result of extending the local calling area. The Commission will approve a transmittal letter and ballot which shall include an estimate of the increase in the charge for local service, if any, due to the expansion of the local calling area.

   (2)  The local exchange carrier shall mail one approved ballot to each subscriber in the calling exchange. The local exchange carrier may tabulate the ballots itself but shall submit to the Bureau of Safety and Compliance a list of customers to be polled and their telephone numbers prior to sending out ballots. Upon completion of tabulation by a local exchange carrier, the local exchange carrier shall submit the original returned ballots to the Bureau of Safety and Compliance and shall submit a verified report to the Commission detailing the results of the poll. If the local exchange carrier does not tabulate the ballots itself, the ballots sent by the local exchange carrier to the subscribers shall be preaddressed, postage prepaid postcards to be returned to the Commission for tabulation.

   (3)  At least 50% of the ballots from an exchange shall be returned for a poll to be considered valid.

   (4)  In a valid poll, if 50% of the ballots returned from an exchange are in favor of EAS, the affected local exchange carriers shall implement EAS to the receiving exchange.

   (5)  In cases where interLATA EAS is implemented, telephone service between the calling exchange and the receiving exchange shall be transferred from the interexchange carriers serving the calling exchange to the local exchange carrier serving the calling exchange.

   (6)  In cases where the local exchange carrier is prohibited from providing service between the calling exchange and the receiving exchange by Federal antitrust consent decree restrictions and a waiver is necessary to implement EAS, the local exchange carrier shall apply for a waiver of Federal antitrust restrictions to allow it to implement EAS. The request for waiver will be made within 60 days of a Commission order or Secretarial Letter approving EAS. The Commission will file a statement affirmatively supporting the waiver application.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  63.75 issued under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  63.75 adopted March 17, 1989, effective March 18, 1989, 19 Pa.B. 1179; amended June 18, 1993, effective June 19, 1993, 23 Pa.B. 2829. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (157992) to (157993).

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  63.76 (relating to EAS complaints).



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