The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) plans to issue interim rules in June 1995 allowing competitors to seek authority to offer local telephone service in the state. (The CPUC also recently completed a plan to open the "local toll" market to competition.) The CPUC directed all interested parties to seek a settlement of the issues arising under its plan to move the local market to full competition by 1997. The CPUC said it would issue several orders in the near future, including separate rulings to: 1) restructure the way calls are transmitted, 2) define the monopoly elements of the telephone network to allow "unbundling" of specific costs and services, 3) review the current and future status of universal service goals. Re Alternative Regulatory Framework for Local Exchange Carriers, Decision 94-12-053, I87-11-033, Dec. 21, 1994 (Cal.P.U.C.).
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