House Bill 96
147th General Assembly (2013 - 2014)
The General Assembly has ended, the current status is the final status.
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 26 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION AND PUBLIC UTILTIIES PROVIDING TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES.
This bill amends sections of Title 26 which govern public utilities that provide telecommunications services. It modernizes the rules governing such utilities and aligns them with the rapid competitive and technological changes affecting the industry. The bill recognizes the competitive choices consumers in Delaware have and gives providers flexibility to compete, while protecting the interests of consumers. Section 1 updates the provisions of subchapter VII-A of Title 26 to reflect the competitive environment that now exist for various services. Public Service Commission oversight over competitive services is reduced while oversight is retained for "Basic services," including individual residential local exchanges access line service where there is no alternative provider and switched access service. Sections 2 through 4, 6 and 7 amend various provisions of Title 26 applicable to telecommunications service providers to provide consistency between those who have elected to be governed under subchapter VII-A of Title 26 and those that have not. Section 5 amends section 204 of Title 26 to allow telecommunications service providers to use alternative technologies in the event the Commission orders an extension of the utility's facilities.
Takes effect upon being signed into law