Goto Section: 51.505 | 51.509 | Table of Contents
Revised as of October 1, 2008
Goto Year:2007 |
Sec. 51.507 General rate structure standard.
(a) Element rates shall be structured consistently with the manner in which
the costs of providing the elements are incurred.
(b) The costs of dedicated facilities shall be recovered through flat-rated
(c) The costs of shared facilities shall be recovered in a manner that
efficiently apportions costs among users. Costs of shared facilities may be
apportioned either through usage-sensitive charges or capacity-based
flat-rated charges, if the state commission finds that such rates reasonably
reflect the costs imposed by the various users.
(d) Recurring costs shall be recovered through recurring charges, unless an
incumbent LEC proves to a state commission that such recurring costs are de
minimis. Recurring costs shall be considered de minimis when the costs of
administering the recurring charge would be excessive in relation to the
amount of the recurring costs.
(e) State commissions may, where reasonable, require incumbent LECs to
recover nonrecurring costs through recurring charges over a reasonable
period of time. Nonrecurring charges shall be allocated efficiently among
requesting telecommunications carriers, and shall not permit an incumbent
LEC to recover more than the total forward-looking economic cost of
providing the applicable element.
(f) State commissions shall establish different rates for elements in at
least three defined geographic areas within the state to reflect geographic
(1) To establish geographically-deaveraged rates, state commissions may use
existing density-related zone pricing plans described in Sec. 69.123 of this
chapter, or other such cost-related zone plans established pursuant to state
(2) In states not using such existing plans, state commissions must create a
minimum of three cost-related rate zones.
[ 61 FR 45619 , Aug. 29, 1996, as amended at 64 FR 32207 , June 16, 1999; 64 FR 68637 , Dec. 8, 1999]
Goto Section: 51.505 | 51.509
Goto Year: 2007 |
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