2020 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
- The General Assembly finds:
- 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;
- 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
- 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.
- It is the intent of this article to:
- Permit local exchange companies to elect alternative forms of regulation;
- Protect the consumer during the transition to a competitive telecommunications market;
- Assure reasonable cost for universal access to basic telecommunications services throughout Georgia;
- Encourage investment in Georgia's telecommunications infrastructure and encourage the introduction of innovative products and services for Georgia's consumers;
- Authorize competition for local exchange services; and
- Allow pricing flexibility for all telecommunications services other than basic local exchange services.
(Code 1981, §46-5-161, enacted by Ga. L. 1995, p. 886, § 2.)
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