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Selected excerpts from proposed changes to Chapter 288 (Maine Universal Service Fund). Proposed changes in the text are underlined. (Headings were already underlined; there are no proposed changes to the headings.)
Section 4(D) [assessments]:
D. Assessment of Revenues Derived from Jurisdictionally Mixed Charges.
1. Application. Assessments shall apply to
anycharges or rates of an IXC, a mobile telecommunications
provider or a radio-paging provider that apply on an unseparated basis to both
intrastate and interstate service (e.g., minimum monthly bills, with or without
a usage allowance ) provided in Maine, except as provided in paragraph 2
2. Exception. If approved by the Commission or by the Director of Finance, IXCs, mobile telecommunications carriers and radio paging providers may apportion revenue derived from charges or rates that apply on an unseparated basis to both intrastate and interstate service using minutes of use or some other reasonable and verifiable apportionment method.
Section 5(B)(3) [surcharges]:
3. Application to Jurisdictionally Mixed Charges.
a. Application Allowed only with Approved Apportionment Method. If an IXC has rates or charges that that apply on an unseparated basis to both intrastate and interstate service (e.g., minimum monthly bills, with or without a usage allowance), it may not apply the surcharge to any portion of those charges except pursuant to an apportionment method for those rates or charges approved pursuant to sub-paragraph (b) below;
of Apportionment Method. The
Commission or the Director of Finance may approve an apportionment method,
using minutes of use or some other reasonable method
, that will
allow an IXC to surcharge the intrastate portion of mixed intrastate‑interstate
charges. If, pursuant to Section
4(D)(2), the Commission approves an apportionment method (e.g., minutes of use)
for the assessment of revenues derived from mixed intrastate-interstate
charges, the carrier shall apply the same apportionment method to every mixed
intrastate-interstate charge on each customer’s bill;