ORS 759.255¹
Setting prices without regard to return on utility investment
  • petition
  • findings
  • conditions
  • application of statutes to approved plan

(1) In addition to powers vested in the Public Utility Commission under ORS 759.195 (Price listing of services), and subject to the limitations contained in subsections (2) to (4) of this section, upon petition of a telecommunications utility that provides local exchange service directly, or is affiliated with a utility that provides local exchange service, the commission, after notice and hearing, may approve a plan under which the commission regulates prices charged by the utility, without regard to the return on investment of the utility. Prices approved under the plan are not subject to the provisions of ORS 759.180 (Hearing on reasonableness of rates) to 759.190 (Notice of schedule change) and shall become effective as stated in the plan.

(2) Prior to granting a petition to approve a plan under subsection (1) of this section, the commission must find that the plan is in the public interest. In making its determination the commission shall consider, among other matters, whether the plan:

(a) Ensures prices for telecommunications services that are just and reasonable;

(b) Ensures high quality of existing telecommunications services and makes new services available;

(c) Maintains the appropriate balance between the need for regulation and competition; and

(d) Simplifies regulation.

(3) If the commission approves a plan under subsection (1) of this section, the commission shall establish objectives of the plan and conditions for review of the plan during the operation of the plan. The commission may not consider return on investment of the utility when the commission establishes objectives of the plan and conditions for review of the plan during the operation of the plan.

(4) A rate for any service in the plan authorized under subsection (1) of this section may not be lower than the total service long run incremental cost, for nonessential functions, of providing the service and the charges of essential functions used in providing the service. However, the commission may allow a telecommunications utility to establish rates for residential local exchange service at any level necessary to achieve the commission’s universal service objectives.

(5) If the commission approves a plan under subsection (1) of this section, the commission may waive, in whole or in part, compliance by the telecommunications utility with ORS 759.120 (Form and manner of accounts prescribed by commission), 759.125 (Records and accounts prescribed by commission), 759.130 (Closing date of accounts), 759.135 (Depreciation accounts), 759.180 (Hearing on reasonableness of rates) to 759.205 (Conformance of rates charged with schedule), 759.215 (Public access to schedules), 759.220 (Joint rates and classifications), 759.285 (Charging rates based on cost of property not presently providing service) and 759.300 ("Stocks" defined) to 759.393 (Applicability of ORS 759.385 and 759.390). [1995 c.399 §2; 2005 c.232 §13b]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 759—Telecommunications Utility Regulation, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­759.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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