(A) It is the policy of this state to:
(1) Ensure the availability of adequate basic local exchange service to citizens throughout the state;
(2) Provide incentives for competing providers of telecommunications service to provide advanced, high-quality telecommunications service to citizens throughout the state;
(3) Rely primarily on market forces, where they exist, to maintain reasonable service levels for telecommunications services at reasonable rates;
(4) Encourage innovation in the telecommunications industry and the deployment of advanced telecommunications services;
(5) Create a regulatory climate that provides incentives to create and maintain high technology jobs for Ohioans;
(6) Promote diversity and options in the supply of telecommunications services and equipment throughout the state;
(7) Recognize the continuing emergence of a competitive telecommunications environment through flexible regulatory treatment of telecommunications services where appropriate;
(8) Consider the regulatory treatment of competing and functionally equivalent services and, to the extent practicable, provide for equivalent regulation of all telephone companies and services ;
(9) Not unduly favor or advantage any provider and not unduly disadvantage providers of competing and functionally equivalent services; and
(10) Protect the affordability of telephone service for low-income subscribers through the continuation of federal lifeline assistance programs.
(B) The public utilities commission shall consider the policy set forth in this section in carrying out this chapter.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.43, SB 162, §1, eff. 9/13/2010.
Effective Date: 03-17-1989; 11-04-2005