GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 2007-157
SENATE BILL 680
AN ACT TO streamline regulation of telecommunications promotions.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 62‑133.5 reads as rewritten:
"§ 62‑133.5. Alternative regulation, tariffing, and deregulation of telecommunications utilities.
(f) Notwithstanding the provisions of G.S. 62‑140,
or any Commission rule or
regulation,regulations: (i) the
Commission shall permit a local exchange company or a competing local provider
to offer competitive services with flexible pricing arrangements to business
customers pursuant to contract and shall permit other flexible pricing options.
Localoptions; and (ii) local exchange companies and competing local
providers may provide a promotional offering for any tariffed service or tariffed
offering by giving one day's notice to the Commission, but no Commission
approval of the notice is required. Promotional offerings of any nontariffed
service may be implemented without notice to the Commission or Commission
approval. Carriers offering promotions of regulated services that are available
for resale must provide a means for interested parties to receive notice of
each promotional offering of regulated service, including the duration of the
offering, at least one business day prior to the effective date of the
promotional offering. shall be required to give the Commission one
business day's notice but need not seek Commission approval for any promotion
or bundled service offering for residence or business customers involving both
regulated and nonregulated services that feature price discounts that apply
exclusively to services not regulated by the Commission. Furthermore, local
exchange companies and competing local providers may offer special promotions
and bundles of new or existing service or products without the obligation to
identify or convert existing customers who subscribe to the same or similar
services or products. The Commission's complaint authority under G.S. 62‑73
and subsection (e) of this section is applicable to any promotion or bundled
service offering filed or offered under this subsection.
SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 25th day of June, 2007.
s/ Marc Basnight
President Pro Tempore of the Senate
s/ Joe Hackney
Speaker of the House of Representatives
s/ Michael F. Easley
Approved 2:27 p.m. this 29th day of June, 2007