00 HOUSE BILL NO. 501
01 "An Act requiring competition in local exchange telephone service."
02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
03 * Section 1. AS 42.05 is amended by adding new sections to read:
04 ARTICLE 10. COMPETITIVE LOCAL EXCHANGE TELEPHONE SERVICE.
05 Sec. 42.05.750. FINDINGS. The legislature finds that
06 (1) competition in the market for local exchange telephone service will
07 increase choices available to customers and reduce the cost of local exchange
08 telephone service; accordingly, the state encourages competition in the local exchange
09 telecommunications market and encourages the commission to replace the current
10 regulatory framework with a fully competitive telecommunications marketplace
12 (2) facilities-based, local exchange telephone service should be provided
13 competitively throughout the state;
14 (3) technological advances, reduced costs, and increased consumer
01 choices for local exchange telephone service, resulting from the adoption of an
02 appropriate competitive market structure, will enhance the state's economic
04 (4) the commission should oversee competition in local exchange
05 telephone service to ensure that the competition is fair to consumers and competitors.
06 Sec. 42.05.760. COMPETITION. The commission shall provide for
07 competition in local exchange telephone service in a timely manner and shall adopt
08 regulations that eliminate inappropriate impediments to entry for local exchange
09 carriers fit, willing, and able to provide service.