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          CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
          AB 1315 (Fuentes)
          As Amended  August 16, 2010
          Majority vote
           
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          |ASSEMBLY:  |     |(June 2, 2009)  |SENATE: |34-0 |(August 18,    |
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                    (vote not relevant)
           
           Original Committee Reference:    U. & C.  

           SUMMARY  :   Requires the California Public Utilities Commission  
          (PUC) to participate in a Federal Communications Commission  
          (FCC) forbearance proceeding if an incumbent local telephone  
          company files a petition with the FCC that requests to absolve  
          itself from the duty to provide nondiscriminatory access to its  
          network.
            
           The Senate amendments  delete the Assembly version of this bill,  
          and instead require the PUC to participate in a forbearance  
          proceeding if the incumbent local telephone company files with  
          the FCC a request to absolve itself from the duty to provide  
          nondiscriminatory access to its network to any  
          telecommunications carrier if the FCC finds adequate  
          competition.

           AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY  , this bill required the commissioners  
          of the PUC to designate a President of PUC from among the  
          members of PUC, and required the commissioners to select and  
          direct the PUC's attorney and Executive Director, instead of the  
          President.  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  Unknown

           COMMENTS  :  When an incumbent local telephone company, or a local  
          exchange carrier, makes a filing for forbearance from these  
          provisions with the FCC, the carrier bears the burden of showing  
          the rules are no longer necessary and there is effective  
          competition.  This bill would require the PUC to participate in  
          that forbearance proceeding by filing comments on the petition,  
          providing data on competition in the area, and taking any other  
          action that advances the state's policies to promote competition  
          in telecommunications markets.








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          Analysis Prepared by  :    Gina Adams / U. & C. / (916) 319-2083 


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