IURC News Release

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Contact:Mary Beth Fisher

 

For Immediate Release ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††

August 29, 2001

 

IURC TO STREAMLINE FILING PROCEDURES

 

Today the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission opened a process aimed at streamlining some regulatory and administrative procedures that have been in place since 1999.

 

In Cause No. 39983, the Commission is considering ways to reduce as many regulatory obstacles as possible to competition in the telephone industry.

 

Based on the Commissionís experience and practice, it appears that the requirement to hold an evidentiary hearing in some circumstances may place an unnecessary time and expense on the competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), and inhibit competition.

 

The Commission proposes allowing CLECs to submit forms in lieu of a petition that requires a hearing in some instances.The forms will inform the Commission and other interested parties about changes a CLEC is considering.The Commission will publish notice of the proposed change and review the form to determine if the proposed change raises any issue of public interest that would require an evidentiary hearing.The issues addressed in this proposal are rarely contested and are generally completed with the support of the Indiana Office of the Utility Consumer Counselor.

 

The Commission will receive and consider comments about the proposed changes in regulatory and administrative procedures 30-days after the evidentiary hearing.

 

A recent survey by the IURC finds that Incumbent phone companies serve 98% of Hoosier phone customers.Competitive exchange carriers have just 8% of the market.Most of those companies cater to the business community.The Commission believes it is in the best interest ratepayers to do what it can to facilitate competition.

 

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