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30th Legislature(2017-2018)

Bill Text 30th Legislature

00 Enrolled SB 80                                                                                                          
01 Relating to telecommunications services for certain disabled subscribers; and providing for an                          
02 effective date.                                                                                                         
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04    * Section 1. AS 42.05.296 is amended to read:                                                                        
05 Sec. 42.05.296.  Telecommunications [TELEPHONE] services for certain                                                  
06 disabled [IMPAIRED] subscribers.  (a) The commission shall adopt regulations to                                       
07 require telecommunications [TELEPHONE] utilities to provide service to                                                
08 subscribers who are deaf, hard of hearing, and speech disabled [IMPAIRED                                            
09 SUBSCRIBERS] that permits the subscriber to communicate by one or more                                                
10 telecommunications devices [TELEPHONE] with persons of normal hearing and that                                        
11 makes available reasonable access of all phases of public telecommunications                                          
12 [TELEPHONE] service to subscribers of telecommunications services who are                                             
13 deaf, hard of hearing, and speech disabled [IMPAIRED TELEPHONE                                                        
14 SUBSCRIBERS]. The regulations must provide for cost recovery through surcharges                                         
01 added to the [BASIC LOCAL EXCHANGE] rate for each telecommunications                                                  
02 service. The commission shall hold hearings to determine the most cost-effective                                      
03       method of providing this service.                                                                                 
04 (b)  A telecommunications service [TELEPHONE] subscriber is eligible for                                              
05 the service required by (a) of this section if the subscriber is a person who is certified                            
06 as deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disabled [IMPAIRED] by a licensed physician, a                                    
07 speech-language pathologist licensed under AS 08.11, an audiologist, or the                                             
08 Department of Health and Social Services or if the subscriber is an organization that                                 
09 represents or has a principal purpose to provide services to persons who are                                          
10       [REPRESENTING THE] deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disabled [IMPAIRED] as                                      
11       determined by the commission.                                                                                     
12    * Sec. 2. This Act takes effect July 1, 2018.                                                                        
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