sufficiently competitive to permit equal levels of regulation for AT&T Communications of the Southern States, Inc. and all other interexchange carriers. AT&T had remained subject to rate caps and statewide average rate requirements, while the other carriers were not.
The PSC cited two events to justify the elimination of uniform statewide average rates: 1) recent legislative reforms that had afforded substantial pricing flexibility for price-regulated carriers, including rate deaveraging; and 2) a "legislative predilection" for toll competition between AT&T and local exchange carriers. Re AT&T Communications of the So. States, Inc., Dkt. No. 951334-TI, Order No. PSC-95-1582-FOF-TI, Dec. 22, 1995 (Fla. P.S.C.).
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