HB 338
Allows telecommunications companies to exempt themselves from filing tariffs and being subject to certain state regulations when similar federal regulations exist
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Last Action:
7/11/2011 - Signed by Governor
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2011
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Current Bill Summary

SS/HCS/HB 338 - The act allows telecommunications companies to exempt themselves from complying with certain rules promulgated by the Public Service Commission (PSC) when such companies are already subject to federal laws on the same subject under the Federal Communications Commission, except companies must still comply with PSC rules related to number pooling, number conservation efforts, universal service funds, interconnection or intercarrier issues, and where any authority is expressly delegated to the PSC by the Federal Communications Commission.

The act also allows telecommunications companies to exempt themselves from filing or maintaining with the PSC tariffs or schedules of rates, rentals, charges, privileges, facilities, rules, regulations, or forms of contract for retail services offered to end user customers, provided that the company posts its retail prices on a publicly-accessible website. Nothing in the act affects rights and obligations of any party established under federal law, including interconnection agreements, unbundling, the PSC's authority to settle interconnection disputes, wholesale rights, or tariffs and schedules filed and maintained by the PSC.

This act is similar to SB 208 (2011).