(1) The purpose of these rules is to implement the policy
of the state of Montana to maintain universal basic telecommunications service
at affordable rates and, to the extent that it is consistent with maintaining
universal service to encourage competition in the telecommunications industry,
thereby allowing access by the public to advances in telecommunications
(2) Regulatory jurisdiction exists over two-way switched, voice grade access
and transport of communications originating and terminating in this state and
nonvoice grade access and transport if intended to be converted to or from
voice-grade access and transport. The commission retains the power to
protect ratepayer interests by totally regulating the rates for
telecommunication services that are provided on a monopoly basis.
(3) These rules, adopted pursuant to the Montana Telecommunications Act and in
accordance with the Montana Administrative Procedure Act, may be cited as the
Montana Telecommunications Act Rules.
History: Sec. 69-3-822, MCA; IMP, Sees. 69-3-801 and 69-3-802, MCA; NEW, 1986 MAR p. 799, Eff. 5/16/86.