Summary: S.1354 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (10/31/1997)

Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), upon request, to designate a common carrier providing telephone exchange service and exchange access that is not subject to the jurisdiction of a State commission as an eligible telecommunications carrier (eligible to receive universal service support) for a telephone service area designated by the FCC.

Authorizes the FCC, with respect to an area served by a rural telephone company, and requires the FCC, in the case of all other areas, to designate more than one common carrier as an eligible carrier for such a designated service area, provided each additional requesting carrier meets eligibility requirements. Requires the FCC, before designating an additional eligible telecommunications carrier for an area served by a rural telephone company, to find that such designation is in the public interest.