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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 20. Public Utilities and Telecommunications
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission
Chapter 429. Rules Governing Compensation, Numbering, Interconnection, and Other Local Inter-Carrier Matters
1/19/2020

20VAC5-429-20. Interconnection.

A. Interconnection arrangements between local exchange carriers shall make available network features, functions, interface points, and other service elements on an unbundled basis. The commission shall, on petition by any party to the proposed interconnection or on its own motion, determine the reasonableness of any interconnection request.

B. Interconnection arrangements should apply equally and on a nondiscriminatory basis to all local exchange carriers.

C. Interconnection arrangements shall be made available pursuant to a bona fide written request. No refusal or unreasonable delay by any provider to another carrier will be tolerated.

D. Local exchange carriers shall provide nondiscriminatory use of pole attachments, conduit space, and rights-of-way.

E. Negotiation of interconnection agreements should be completed within 90 days of a bona fide request. Interconnection agreements shall be filed with the commission within 10 days of their execution. Upon complaint of any affected party or on its own motion, the commission may initiate a proceeding to determine if any such agreement is reasonable and nondiscriminatory.

F. No sooner than 45 days from the initial interconnection request, any party to the request may petition the commission for a hearing in lieu of negotiations or as a result of unsuccessful negotiations. Upon such petition, the commission shall establish a proceeding to determine tariffed prices and service arrangements for interconnection.

G. Unbundled functional elements of a local exchange carrier's network that are made available through interconnection agreements shall also be made available on an individual tariffed basis within 60 days of filing unless otherwise ordered by the commission.

Statutory Authority

§§ 12.1-13 and 56-265.4:4 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 19, Issue 17, eff. April 10, 2003.

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