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3628Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 20010222Primary Sponsor: KirshAll Sponsors: Kirsh and ClyburnDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\gjk\20256sd01.docResiding Body: HouseCurrent Committee: Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee 26 HLCISubject: Telephone utilities, Public Service Commission to require countywide toll free callingHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 20010222 Introduced, read first time, 26 HLCI referred to Committee Versions of This Bill
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 58-9-255 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION SHALL REQUIRE COUNTYWIDE TOLL FREE CALLING TO BE PROVIDED BY ALL TELEPHONE UTILITIES OPERATING WITHIN A COUNTY BY JULY 1, 2001, TO PROVIDE THAT THE COMMISSION SHALL NOT GRANT A TELEPHONE UTILITY A RATE INCREASE TO OFFSET THE COST, IF ANY, OF COMPLYING WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, AND PROVIDE FOR RELATED MATTERS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 58-9-255. (A) Unless otherwise prohibited by law, the commission shall require countywide toll free calling to be provided by all telephone utilities operating within a county by July 1, 2001. Where two or more telephone utilities operate in the same county, each telephone utility shall provide countywide toll free calling to and from telephones within the area served by the other telephone utility or telephone utilities in the county.
(B) The commission shall require telephone utilities to enter into negotiations to provide for countywide toll free calling throughout their service areas. If the telephone utilities are unable to reach an agreement within a time frame consistent with the requirements of this section, the commission shall impose its own countywide toll free calling plan.
(C) The commission shall not grant a telephone utility a rate increase to offset the cost, if any, of complying with the provisions of this section."
SECTION 2. Except as otherwise provided in this act, this act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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