Alternative Telephone Regulation Rules

Highlights of rules the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved Thursday that allow telephone utilities to raise certain prices without regulatory approval:

  • Caps basic telephone and Caller ID at existing rates for as long as the company remains under the plan.
  • After being in the plan for two years, allows an increase up to 10 percent each year for second telephone lines and call waiting, and up to double the initial rate for third phone lines, call tracing, nonpublished number service and other services.
  • Provide advanced telecommunications services, such as high-speed and broadband Internet, to specific parts of coverage areas no later than two years after joining the plan.
  • Offer an enhanced "lifeline" program to households at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level.

SOURCE: Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

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