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Substitute House Bill No. 5205

Public Act No. 02-98

AN ACT CONCERNING THE CERTIFICATION OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE PROVIDERS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 16-247g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2002):

(a) (1) Any person may apply to the department for an initial certificate of public convenience and necessity to offer and provide intrastate telecommunications services. Such application shall include such information as the department shall require, and any reasonable fees, not to exceed actual cost, the department may prescribe, in regulations adopted pursuant to chapter 54. The department 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 department 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 department [may approve or deny the application after holding a hearing with notice to all interested parties] shall give notice of such application to all interested persons. The department may approve or deny the application after holding a hearing with notice to all interested persons if any person requests such hearing.

Approved June 3, 2002