237.761 ALTERNATIVE REGULATION PLAN; SERVICE.
Subdivision 1. Classification of services.
An alternative regulation plan must contain
provisions that provide for classification of all telephone services as price regulated, flexibly
priced, or nonprice regulated consistent with subdivisions 2 to 5.
Subd. 2. Price-regulated service; definition.
For purposes of this section, the term
"price-regulated service" includes only those services that are:
(1) essential for providing local telephone service and access to the local telephone network;
(2) integrally related to privacy, health, and safety of the company's customers; and
(3) for which no reasonable alternative exists within the relevant market or geographic area
on reasonably comparable terms and conditions.
Subd. 3. Specific price-regulated services.
Price-regulated telephone services are the
(1) residential and business service for local calling, including measured local service,
two-party service, private branch exchange (PBX) trunks, trunk type hunting services, direct
inward dialing, the network access portion of central office switched exchange service, and public
access lines for customer-owned coin-operated telephones;
(2) extended area service;
(3) switched network access service;
(4) call tracing;
(5) calling number blocking;
(6) touch tone service when provided separately from basic local exchange service;
(7) local exchange, white-page, printed directories;
(8) 911 emergency services;
(9) installation and repair of local network access;
(10) local operator services, excluding directory assistance; and
(11) toll service blocking and 1-900 or 976 access blocking.
Subd. 4. Flexibly priced service.
(a) A service not listed in subdivision 3 or not otherwise
determined to be price regulated under subdivision 6 or 7 or nonprice regulated must be classified
as a flexibly priced service.
(b) Flexibly priced services are regulated consistent with section
237.60, subdivision 2
(1) rate decreases may be effective immediately upon filing and upon notice to affected
(2) rate increases may be effective 20 days after filing and upon notice to affected
customers and are considered approved if no objection is filed or raised by an interested party
or the commission within 20 days after the filing. If an interested party files an objection, the
commission shall make its determination on the proposed rate increase within 90 days of the
filing of the objection.
Subd. 5. Non-price-regulated service.
(a) A service must be classified as nonprice regulated
if the commission finds, based upon evidence filed by the telephone company and other evidence
available to the commission and consistent with the company's proposed plan, that there is
sufficient competition to justify classification as nonprice regulated. In making that determination,
the factors the commission shall consider include:
(1) the number, size, and identity of competitors providing the same or functionally
(2) the geographic area in which competitive service is actually available to and being used
by customers, to the extent this information is available to the commission;
(3) the importance of the service to the public; and
(4) the effect of classification of the service on the development of a competitive
(b) Telephone companies shall file tariffs or price lists for non-price-regulated services
with the commission, but the rates for these services are not subject to commission approval or
investigation except as provided in subdivision 6 and sections
237.762, subdivision 6
Subd. 6. Reclassification.
An alternative regulation plan may contain provisions allowing for
the reclassification of services during the course of the plan upon a showing that the service meets
the criteria contained in subdivision 2, 3, 4, or 5, and the plan, for the requested classification.
Subd. 7. New service; classification; rate.
At the time the company first offers a service, it
shall file a tariff or price list and the proposed classification for the service under the plan along
with a written explanation of why the proposed classification is consistent with this section. New
services classified as flexibly priced or nonprice regulated may be offered on one day's notice to
the commission and the department. New services classified as price regulated may be offered
pursuant to the terms set forth in the plan. A service is not considered a new service if it consists
of a repackaging including bundling, unbundling, or repricing of an already existing service. If no
interested party or the commission objects to the company's proposed classification within 30
days of the filing of the petition, the company's proposed classification of the service is approved.
If an objection is filed, the commission shall determine the classification of the service within 90
days of the filing of the new service.
Subd. 8. Investment commitment.
(a) An alternative regulation plan must also include
a plan outlining the company's commitment to invest in telecommunications infrastructure
improvements in this state over a period of not less than six years.
(b) An investment plan shall include all of the following:
(1) a description of the level of planned investment in technological or infrastructure
(2) a description of the extent to which planned investment will make new
telecommunications technology available to customers or expand the availability of current
(3) a description of the planned deployment of fiber-optic facilities or broadband capabilities
to schools, libraries, technical colleges, hospitals, colleges and universities, and local governments
in this state; and
(4) a description of planned investment and deployment of higher speed telecommunications
services and increased capacity for voice, video, and data transmission, in both the metropolitan
and outstate portions of the company's service territory.
History: 1995 c 156 s 8,25; 1997 c 223 s 9,10; 2003 c 97 s 2