2018 Georgia Code
Title 46 - Public Utilities and Public Transportation
Chapter 5 - Telephone Service
Article 4 - Telecommunications and Competition Development
§ 46-5-161. Legislative findings; intent

Universal Citation: GA Code § 46-5-161 (2018)
  • (a) The General Assembly finds:

    • (1) It is in the public interest to establish a new regulatory model for telecommunications services in Georgia to reflect the transition to a reliance on market based competition as the best mechanism for the selection and provision of needed telecommunications services at the most efficient pricing;

    • (2) Investment in the telecommunications infrastructure required to further economic growth in Georgia and to meet the growing demands of Georgia's consumers will be encouraged through competition; and

    • (3) In order to ensure the implementation of this new reliance on market based competition, any legislative obstacles to competition for local exchange services must be removed.

  • (b) It is the intent of this article to:

    • (1) Permit local exchange companies to elect alternative forms of regulation;

    • (2) Protect the consumer during the transition to a competitive telecommunications market;

    • (3) Assure reasonable cost for universal access to basic telecommunications services throughout Georgia;

    • (4) Encourage investment in Georgia's telecommunications infrastructure and encourage the introduction of innovative products and services for Georgia's consumers;

    • (5) Authorize competition for local exchange services; and

    • (6) Allow pricing flexibility for all telecommunications services other than basic local exchange services.

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