Telephone service; alternatives to regulation. (HB545)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Nixon (R-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Alternatives to regulation of telephone service. Declares that all telephone services, other than lifeline and E-911 services, offered by a telephone company are competitive. Increases in monthly charges for residential dialtone telephone service are capped at $1.50 per 12-month period through July 1, 2011, though the State Corporation Commission may extend this cap for up to an additional 24 months if the Commission finds that competition or the potential for competition in the market place cannot be an effective regulator of its price. The Commission is required to establish rules to permit any telephone company to detariff telephone services offered to (i) business customers, other than E-911 services, beginning no later January 1, 2009, and (ii) residential customers, other than lifeline services, beginning no later than January 1, 2010. Prior to detariffing its telephone services, a telephone company may offer promotional rates, terms, or conditions and individual customer pricing for its telephone services in accordance with the Commissions rules for competitive local exchange carriers. Lifeline or E-911 services may be detariffed when the Commission determines that their tariffing is no longer required to protect the public interest. Telephone companies offering competitive telephone services under these provisions are exempted from Commission oversight of their issuance of securities and affiliate transactions. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 080102656
01/07/2008Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/31/2008Impact statement from SCC (HB545)
02/07/2008Continued to 2009 in Commerce and Labor
12/04/2008Left in Commerce and Labor