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Union Calendar No. 557 106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 3850 [Report No. 106-926] To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to promote deployment of advanced services and foster the development of competition for the benefit of consumers in all regions of the Nation by relieving unnecessary burdens on the Nation's two percent local exchange telecommunications carriers, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES March 8, 2000 Mrs. Cubin (for herself, Mr. Gordon, Mr. Pickering, and Mr. Barrett of Wisconsin) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce October 3, 2000 Additional sponsors: Mr. Oxley, Mr. Green of Wisconsin, Mr. Petri, Mr. Burr of North Carolina, Mr. Hilleary, Mr. Deal of Georgia, Mr. Portman, Mr. Kleczka, Mr. Moran of Kansas, Mr. Largent, Mr. Brown of Ohio, Mr. Coburn, Mr. Doolittle, Mr. Spratt, Mr. Ryan of Wisconsin, Mr. Clement, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Kind, Mr. Boehner, Mr. Dickey, Mr. Strickland, Mr. Sawyer, Mr. Klink, Mr. Boucher, Mr. Goodlatte, Mr. Lucas of Kentucky, Mr. Gillmor, Mr. Berry, Mr. Hutchinson, and Mr. Snyder. October 3, 2000 Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed [Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic] [For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on March 8, 2000] _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to promote deployment of advanced services and foster the development of competition for the benefit of consumers in all regions of the Nation by relieving unnecessary burdens on the Nation's two percent local exchange telecommunications carriers, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Independent Telecommunications Consumer Enhancement Act of 2000''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE. (a) Findings.--Congress finds the following: (1) The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was enacted to foster the rapid deployment of advanced telecommunications and information technologies and services to all Americans by promoting competition and reducing regulation in telecommunications markets nationwide. (2) The Telecommunications Act of 1996 specifically recognized the unique abilities and circumstances of local exchange carriers with fewer than two percent of the Nation's subscriber lines installed in the aggregate nationwide. (3) Given the markets two percent carriers typically serve, such carriers are uniquely positioned to accelerate the deployment of advanced services and competitive initiatives for the benefit of consumers in less densely populated regions of the Nation. (4) Existing regulations are typically tailored to the circumstances of larger carriers and therefore often impose disproportionate burdens on two percent carriers, impeding such carriers' deployment of advanced telecommunications services and competitive initiatives to consumers in less densely populated regions of the Nation. (5) Reducing regulatory burdens on two percent carriers will enable such carriers to devote additional resources to the deployment of advanced services and to competitive initiatives to benefit consumers in less densely populated regions of the Nation. (6) Reducing regulatory burdens on two percent carriers will increase such carriers' ability to respond to marketplace conditions, allowing them to accelerate deployment of advanced services and competitive initiatives to benefit consumers in less densely populated regions of the Nation. (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are-- (1) to accelerate the deployment of advanced services and the development of competition in the telecommunications industry for the benefit of consumers in all regions of the Nation, consistent with the Telecommunications Act of 1996, by reducing regulatory burdens on local exchange carriers with fewer than two percent of the Nation's subscriber lines installed in the aggregate nationwide; (2) to improve such carriers' flexibility to undertake such initiatives; and (3) to allow such carriers to redirect resources from paying the costs of such regulatory burdens to increasing investment in such initiatives. SEC. 3. DEFINITION. Section 3 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 153) is amended-- (1) by redesignating paragraphs (51) and (52) as paragraphs (52) and (53), respectively; and (2) by inserting after paragraph (50) the following: ``(51) Two percent carrier.--The term `two percent carrier' means an incumbent local exchange carrier within the meaning of section 251(h) that has fewer than two percent of the Nation's subscriber lines installed in the aggregate nationwide.''. SEC. 4. REGULATORY RELIEF FOR TWO PERCENT CARRIERS. Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 is amended by adding at the end thereof a new part IV as follows: ``PART IV--PROVISIONS CONCERNING TWO PERCENT CARRIERS ``SEC. 281. REDUCED REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR TWO PERCENT CARRIERS. ``(a) Commission To Take Into Account Differences.--In adopting rules that apply to incumbent local exchange carriers (within the meaning of section 251(h)), the Commission shall separately evaluate the burden that any proposed regulatory, compliance, or reporting requirements would have on two percent carriers. ``(b) Effect of Reconsideration or Waiver.--If the Commission adopts a rule that applies to incumbent local exchange carriers and fails to separately evaluate the burden that any proposed regulatory, compliance, or reporting requirement would have on two percent carriers, the Commission shall not enforce the rule against two percent carriers unless and until the Commission performs such separate evaluation. ``(c) Additional Review Not Required.--Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the Commission to conduct a separate evaluation under subsection (a) if the rules adopted do not apply to two percent carriers, or such carriers are exempted from such rules. ``(d) Savings Clause.--Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit any size-based differentiation among carriers mandated by this Act, chapter 6 of title 5, United States Code, the Commission's rules, or any other provision of law. ``(e) Effective Date.--The provisions of this section shall apply with respect to any rule adopted on or after the date of enactment of this section. ``SEC. 282. LIMITATION OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. ``(a) Limitation.--The Commission shall not require a two percent carrier-- ``(1) to file cost allocation manuals or to have such manuals audited, but a two percent carrier that qualifies as a class A carrier shall annually certify to the Commission that the two percent carrier's cost allocation complies with the rules of the Commission; or ``(2) to file Automated Reporting and Management Information Systems (ARMIS) reports. ``(b) Preservation of Authority.--Except as provided in subsection (a), nothing in this Act limits the authority of the Commission to obtain access to information under sections 211, 213, 215, 218, and 220 with respect to two percent carriers. ``SEC. 283. INTEGRATED OPERATION OF TWO PERCENT CARRIERS. ``The Commission shall not require any two percent carrier to establish or maintain a separate affiliate to provide any common carrier or noncommon carrier services, including local and interexchange services, commercial mobile radio services, advanced services (within the meaning of section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996), paging, Internet, information services or other enhanced services, or other services. The Commission shall not require any two percent carrier and its affiliates to maintain separate officers, directors, or other personnel, network facilities, buildings, research and development departments, books of account, financing, marketing, provisioning, or other operations. ``SEC. 284. PARTICIPATION IN TARIFF POOLS AND PRICE CAP REGULATION. ``(a) NECA Pool.--The participation or withdrawal from participation by a two percent carrier of one or more study areas in the common line tariff administered and filed by the National Exchange Carrier Association or any successor tariff or administrator shall not obligate such carrier to participate or withdraw from participation in such tariff for any other study area. ``(b) Price Cap Regulation.--A two percent carrier may elect to be regulated by the Commission under price cap rate regulation, or elect to withdraw from such regulation, for one or more of its study areas at any time. The Commission shall not require a carrier making an election under this paragraph with respect to any study area or areas to make the same election for any other study area. ``SEC. 285. DEPLOYMENT OF NEW TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES BY TWO PERCENT COMPANIES. ``The Commission shall permit two percent carriers to introduce new interstate telecommunications services by filing a tariff on one day's notice showing the charges, classifications, regulations and practices therefor, without obtaining a waiver, or make any other showing before the Commission in advance of the tariff filing. The Commission shall not have authority to approve or disapprove the rate structure for such services shown in such tariff. ``SEC. 286. ENTRY OF COMPETING CARRIER. ``(a) Pricing Flexibility.--Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any two percent carrier shall be permitted to deaverage its interstate switched or special access rates, file tariffs on one day's notice, and file contract-based tariffs for interstate switched or special access services immediately upon certifying to the Commission that a telecommunications carrier unaffiliated with such carrier is engaged in facilities-based entry within such carrier's service area. ``(b) Pricing Deregulation.--Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, upon receipt by the Commission of a certification by a two percent carrier that a local exchange carrier that is not a two percent carrier is engaged in facilities-based entry within the two percent carrier's service area, the Commission shall regulate such two percent carrier as non-dominant, and therefore shall not require the tariffing of the interstate service offerings of such two percent carrier. ``(c) Participation in Exchange Carrier Association Tariff.--A two percent carrier that meets the requirements of subsection (a) or (b) of this section with respect to one or more study areas shall be permitted to participate in the common line tariff administered and filed by the National Exchange Carrier Association or any successor tariff or administrator, by electing to include one or more of its study areas in such tariff. ``(d) Definitions.--For purposes of this section: ``(1) Facilities-based entry.--The term `facilities-based entry' means, within the service area of a two percent carrier-- ``(A) the provision or procurement of local telephone exchange switching capability; and ``(B) the provision of local exchange service to at least one unaffiliated customer. ``(2) Contract-based tariff.--The term `contract-based tariff' shall mean a tariff based on a service contract entered into between a two percent carrier and one or more customers of such carrier. Such tariff shall include-- ``(A) the term of the contract, including any renewal options; ``(B) a brief description of each of the services provided under the contract; ``(C) minimum volume commitments for each service, if any; ``(D) the contract price for each service or services at the volume levels committed to by the customer or customers; ``(E) a brief description of any volume discounts built into the contract rate structure; and ``(F) a general description of any other classifications, practices, and regulations affecting the contract rate. ``(3) Service area.--The term `service area' has the same meaning as in section 214(e)(5). ``SEC. 287. SAVINGS PROVISIONS. ``(a) Commission Authority.--Nothing in this part shall be construed to restrict the authority of the Commission under sections 201 through 205 and 208. ``(b) Rural Telephone Company Rights.--Nothing in this part shall be construed to diminish the rights of rural telephone companies otherwise accorded by this Act, or the rules, policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards of the Commission as of the date of enactment of this section.''. SEC. 5. LIMITATION ON MERGER REVIEW (a) Amendment.--Section 310 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 310) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(f) Deadline for Making Public Interest Determination.-- ``(1) Time limit.--In connection with any merger between two percent carriers, or the acquisition, directly or indirectly, by a two percent carrier or its affiliate of the securities or assets of another two percent carrier or its affiliate, the Commission shall make any determination required by subsection (d) of this section or section 214 not later than 60 days after the date an application with respect to such merger is submitted to the Commission. ``(2) Approval absent action.--If the Commission does not approve or deny an application as described in paragraph (1) by the end of the period specified, the application shall be deemed approved on the day after the end of such period. Any such application deemed approved under this subsection shall be deemed approved without conditions.''.
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