Sound bites from state and federal regulators.
IntraLATA Toll Calling. North Carolina says newly certified competitive local exchange telephone carriers must apply for separate authority to provide intraLATA toll services, even though incumbent local carriers need not do so. Docket No. P-100, SUB 133, March 31, 1997 (N.C.U.C.).
Dialing Parity. Oregon PUC adopts policies on telephone dialing parity to allow all telephone users who choose alternate carriers to make calls without dialing extra numbers. Order No. 97-107, March 18, 1997 (Ore.P.U.C.).
Payphone Subsidies. Florida PSC directs local telephone carriers to eliminate subsidies to pay-telephone rates and to lower rates for other services accordingly, but turns down proposal by MCI Telecommunications Corp. to force LECs to cut access charges to reflect removal of payphone costs from regulated operations. Docket No. 970172, March 31, 1997 (Fla. P.S.C.).
DSM Efforts. Texas PUC directs Texas Utilities Electric Co. to achieve "a balance of demand-side management resources" provided to all customer classes under a new law. PUC also authorizes the utility to accept bids for 2074 MW of additional renewable, nonrenewable and DSM resources before submitting its first plan under the new regulations. Docket No. 13575, SOAH Docket No. 473-95-1173, Feb. 11, 1997 (Tex.P.U.C.).
Gas-Fired Generation. Citing the possibility of price increases for natural gas, Texas PUC says it cannot guarantee recovery of costs for a 489-MW gas-fired (combined-cycle) generating plant proposed by Golden Spread Electric Cooperative. Docket No. 15100, Feb. 11, 1997 (Tex.P.U.C.).