237.626 PROMOTION ACTIVITIES.
Subdivision 1. Promotions.
A telephone company may promote the use of its services by
offering a waiver of part or all of a recurring or a nonrecurring charge, a redemption coupon, or
a premium with the purchase of a service. Section
does not apply to promotions under
this section, but the customer group to which the promotion is available must be based on
reasonable distinctions among customers. No single promotion may be effective for longer than
90 days at a time. The benefits to a particular customer of a promotion must not extend beyond
nine months. The service being promoted must have a price that is above the incremental cost
of the service, including amortized cost of the promotion. A promotion may take effect the day
after the notice is filed with the commission. The notice must identify customers to whom the
promotion is available. A telephone company is not required to file cost information except upon
request of the department, the Office of the Attorney General, or the commission to determine if
a promotion complies with applicable legal requirements. Within five business days of receipt
of a request pursuant to this subdivision, or an order of the commission, the telephone company
shall provide the requested cost information demonstrating the service being promoted has a price
above the incremental cost of service to the Office of the Attorney General, the department, and
the commission. The telephone company shall file this cost information with the commission
Subd. 2. Bundled service.
(a) A telephone company may offer telecommunications services
subject to the regulatory jurisdiction of the commission as part of a package of services that may
include goods and services other than those subject to the commission's regulatory jurisdiction.
Subject to the requirements of this chapter and the associated rules and orders of the commission
applicable to those regulated services, a telephone company may establish the prices, terms, and
conditions of a package of services, except that:
(1) each telecommunications service subject to the regulatory jurisdiction of the commission
must be available to customers on a stand-alone basis;
(2) at the time the packaged offering is introduced or at the time the packaged price is
subsequently changed, the packaged rate or price may not exceed the sum of the unpackaged rates
or prices for the individual service elements or services; and
(3) in addition to the tariff requirements that apply to the telecommunications elements of
the package, the tariff must also contain a general description of the nontelecommunications
components of the package.
(b) Nothing in this subdivision is intended to extend or diminish the regulatory authority of
the commission or the department.
History: 1992 c 493 s 8; 2003 c 97 s 1