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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 98-549


Solicitation of Public Comment on Commission Order on the Schools and Libraries Program

[28 Pa.B. 1695]

   PUC Doc. No. I-00940035F0002: In Re: Formal Investigation to Examine and Establish Updated Principles and Policies for Telecommunications Services in the Commonwealth: Late Fee Charges and the Schools and Libraries E-Rate Program. On March 16, 1998, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (Commission) entered a Final Opinion and Order establishing standing committees as part of an Order approving the Final Reports of the Universal Service Task Force created under this docket.

   In a related determination, the Federal Communications Commission's Order of May 8, 1997, in its Universal Service Docket at CC 96-45 authorized the state commissions to mediate disputes concerning the fairness of the lowest correspondence price for intrastate services, service providers and/or schools and libraries. The Commission is expected to set forth standards to govern the definition of ''similarly-situated non-residential customers for similarly-situated services'' for purposes of determining whether the lowest correspondending prices for those services is fair. The expected standards should include:

   (a)  type of service;

   (b)  physical proximity of the school/library and other customers;

   (c)  number of connections for the school/library and other customers; and

   (d)  volume of usage for school/library and other customers.

   Since no hard and fast rule can be derived in this regard, the Commission is soliciting comments for the criteria that would be most appropriate in making these determinations. Consequently, the Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments in that regard.

   Interested parties are hereby given 30 days from the publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin to submit an original and 15 copies of any comments on this matter to the Commission. Reply comments should be filed within 45 days of the publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

   The contact person at the Commission is Joseph K. Witmer, Assistant Counsel, Law Bureau, (717) 787-3663. Comments should be filed at Doc. No. I-00940035F0002.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 98-549. Filed for public inspection April 3, 1998, 9:00 a.m.]

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