Following approval by Governor Rick Scott of the Legislature’s Regulatory Reform Act, which lifted most state regulation from landline telecommunications, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today repealed many of the rules it had used to carry out regulation of the industry.
“By embracing the regulatory reform approved by our Legislature and Governor, we expand customer choice, allow pricing flexibility, and spur market expansion for Florida’s economic and technological growth,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “The Lifeline program remains intact, and the PSC will continue to reconcile intercarrier disputes, arbitrations, and interconnection agreements to facilitate a competitive telecommunications market.”
Commissioners approved repeal of many administrative rules relating to the PSC’s regulatory oversight of local exchange service, including rules relating to:
- Customer billing
- Customer relations
- Local service pricing and service quality
- Long distance
- Notice and filing requirements
- Prepaid calling services
PSC rulemaking has been initiated to reduce the regulatory assessment fee (RAF) paid by telecommunications companies to reflect the reduction in regulation and associated costs.
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