Current Status Introducing Body:
SenateBill Number: 1220Ratification Number: 355Act Number: 332Primary Sponsor: StilwellType of Legislation: GBSubject: Interexchange telecommunications carrierDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 19940407Computer Document Number: BBM/10969JM.94Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19940420Introduced Date: 19940301Date of Last Amendment: 19940317Last History Body: ------Last History Date: 19940420Last History Type: Act No. 332Scope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: StilwellType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- ------------ 1220 ------ 19940420 Act No. 332 1220 ------ 19940420 Signed by Governor 1220 ------ 19940414 Ratified R 355 1220 House 19940407 Read third time, enrolled for ratification 1220 House 19940406 Read second time 1220 House 19940324 Recalled from Committee 26 1220 House 19940323 Introduced, read first time, 26 referred to Committee 1220 Senate 19940322 Read third time, sent to House 1220 Senate 19940317 Amended, read second time, ordered to third reading with notice of general amendments 1220 Senate 19940316 Committee Report: Favorable 11 with amendment 1220 Senate 19940301 Introduced, read first time, 11 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A332, R355, S1220)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 58-9-585 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, ON THE REQUEST OF AN INTEREXCHANGE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIER OR ON ITS OWN MOTION, MAY CONSIDER, IN LIEU OF THE PROCEDURES OUTLINED IN CHAPTER 9, TITLE 58, ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF REGULATING THAT CARRIER, AND PROVIDE FOR RELATED MATTERS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Interexchange telecommunications carrier, alternative regulation; etc.
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 58-9-585. (A) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the commission, on the request of an interexchange telecommunications carrier or on its own motion, may consider, in lieu of the procedures outlined in this chapter, alternative means of regulating that carrier. If the commission first determines, after notice and hearing, that the substantial evidence of record shows that a particular service is competitive in the relevant geographic market, the commission may implement regulatory alternatives including, but not limited to, the provisions outlined in this section.
(B) If the commission determines that an interexchange telecommunications carrier service is competitive, the commission shall not fix or prescribe the rates, tolls, charges, or rate structures for that service. In determining whether a service is competitive, the commission shall consider, at a minimum, the availability, market share, and price of comparable service alternatives. The commission shall require that the interexchange telecommunications carriers file and maintain price lists for competitive telecommunications services.
(C) The commission is authorized to reclassify a telecommunications service provided by an interexchange carrier as noncompetitive if, after notice and hearing, the substantial evidence of record shows that sufficient competition does not exist for that service.
(D) For an interexchange telecommunications carrier service found to be noncompetitive, the commission may implement other regulatory alternatives including, but not limited to, price caps.
(E) Nothing in this section limits the authority of the commission with respect to the reporting requirements of interexchange telecommunications carriers to establish standards for the quality of service, resolution of complaints, privacy, and the ordering, installation, restoration, and disconnection of interexchange service.
(F) For the purposes of this section, the term `interexchange telecommunications carrier service' is limited to toll services provided by telephone utilities."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 20th day of April, 1994.