(a)(1) Any person may apply to the authority for an initial certificate of public convenience and necessity to offer and provide intrastate telecommunications services. Such application shall include such information as the authority shall require, and any reasonable fees, not to exceed actual cost, the authority may prescribe, in regulations adopted pursuant to chapter 54. The authority may issue such certificate and may, as a precondition to certification, require any applicant to procure a performance bond sufficient to cover moneys due or to become due to other telecommunications companies for the provision of access to local telecommunications networks, to protect any advances or deposits it may collect from its customers if the authority does not order that such advances or deposits be held in escrow or trust, and to otherwise protect customers. Following receipt of such application, the authority shall give notice of such application to all interested persons. The authority may approve or deny the application after holding a hearing with notice to all interested persons if any person requests such hearing.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 16-247g
- Authority: means the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and "department" means the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Certified telecommunications provider: means a person certified by the authority to provide intrastate telecommunications services, as defined in section 16-247a, pursuant to sections 16-247f to 16-247h, inclusive. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Community antenna television company: includes every person owning, leasing, maintaining, operating, managing or controlling a community antenna television system, in, under or over any public street or highway, for the purpose of providing community antenna television service for hire and shall include any municipality which owns or operates one or more plants for the manufacture or distribution of electricity pursuant to section 7-213 or any special act and seeks to obtain or obtains a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct or operate a community antenna television system pursuant to section 16-331 or a certificate of cable franchise authority pursuant to section 16-331q. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Consumer: means any private dwelling, boardinghouse, apartment, store, office building, institution, mechanical or manufacturing establishment or other place of business or industry to which water is supplied by a water company. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Person: means an individual, business, firm, corporation, association, joint stock association, trust, partnership or limited liability company. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Telephone company: means a telecommunications company that provides one or more noncompetitive or emerging competitive services, as defined in section 16-247a. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
(2) Any person may object to a fee charged pursuant to this section by filing with the authority, not later than thirty days after the fee was charged, a petition stating the amount of the fee charged to which it objects and the grounds upon which it claims such fee is excessive, erroneous, unlawful or invalid. Upon the request of the person filing the petition, the authority shall hold a hearing. After reviewing the petition and testimony, if any, the authority shall issue its order in accordance with its findings. The person shall pay the authority the amount indicated in the order not later than thirty days after the date of the order.
(b) A certified telecommunications provider may petition the authority to expand the authority granted in its certificate of public convenience and necessity to the provision of a previously-authorized service in an additional service area or to the provision of a service not previously authorized, or to both. Such petition shall include such information as the authority shall require by regulations adopted pursuant to chapter 54. The authority may expand the authority granted in such a certificate and may, as a precondition to such expansion, require a petitioner to procure a performance bond sufficient to cover moneys due or to become due to other telecommunications companies for the provision of access to local telecommunications networks, to protect any advances or deposits it may collect from its customers if the authority does not order that such advances or deposits be held in escrow or trust, and to otherwise protect customers. Following receipt of such petition, the authority may, on petition or its own motion, hold a hearing with notice to all interested parties, after which the authority may approve or deny the application.
(c) The authority may certify an applicant if the applicant: (1) Provides the information requested by the authority pursuant to the provisions of sections 16-247f to 16-247h, inclusive, and section 16-247j; (2) provides a performance bond or complies with escrow or trust requirements, if required by the authority; (3) provides a fee, if required by this section; and (4) possesses and demonstrates adequate financial resources, managerial ability and technical competency to provide the proposed service.
(d) Any certified telecommunications provider and any telephone company shall (1) maintain its accounts in such manner as the authority shall require; (2) file financial reports at such times and in such form as the authority shall prescribe; (3) file with the authority such current descriptions of services and listings of rates and charges as it may require; (4) cooperate with the authority in its investigations of consumer complaints and comply with any resulting orders; (5) comply with standards established pursuant to section 16-247p; and (6) comply with additional requirements as the authority shall prescribe by regulation.
(e) Except as provided in subsection (f) of this section, on or after July 1, 2001, each certified telecommunications provider shall, within a period of time the authority determines is reasonable after said provider is certified, be obligated to serve a residential or business customer in its authorized area of operation who is seeking from said provider telecommunications services that are provided by said provider.
(f) Any community antenna television company that is a certified telecommunications provider or an affiliate of a community antenna television company that is a certified telecommunications provider and that provides telecommunications services shall be obligated to serve all residential and business customers seeking local exchange service in its entire franchise area in which said company provides community antenna television services pursuant to section 16-331. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the authority shall not require any such company to provide local exchange service outside of its franchise area. If, however, any such company elects to provide local exchange service to customers outside its franchise area, such company shall be subject to all geographic service requirements established by the authority.
(g) Notwithstanding any decision of the authority to allow the competitive provision of a telecommunications service or to grant a certificate pursuant to this section, the authority, after holding a hearing with notice to all interested parties and determining that (1) continued competitive provision of a telecommunications service would be contrary to the goals set forth in section 16-247a, or would not be in accordance with the provisions of sections 16-247a to 16-247c, inclusive, section 16-247e or 16-247f, this section, or section 16-247h or 16-247k, (2) a certified telecommunications provider does not have adequate financial resources, managerial ability or technical competency to provide the service, or (3) a certified telecommunications provider has failed to comply with an applicable order made or regulation adopted by the authority, may suspend or revoke the authorization to provide said telecommunications service or take any other action it deems appropriate. In determining whether to suspend or revoke such authorization, the authority shall consider, without limitation, (A) the effect of such suspension or revocation on the customers of the telecommunications service, (B) the technical feasibility of suspending or revoking the authorized usage only on an intrastate basis, and (C) the financial impact of such suspension or revocation on the provider of the telecommunications service.
(h) The authority shall remit all fees collected under this section to the State Treasurer for deposit in the Consumer Counsel and Public Utility Control Fund established in section 16-48a.
(i) On October first, annually, the authority shall submit to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy and technology a report of all fees collected pursuant to this section during the preceding fiscal year.