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20.85.04.00.htm 20.85.04.00. Title 20 PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION Subtitle 85 CONSTRUCTION OF UNDERGROUND ELECTRIC AND COMMUNICATION FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTIAL AND NON-RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS Chapter 04 Residential Communications Underground Facilities Authority: Public Utilities Article, ยง2-121 and 5-101, and Title 12, Subtitle 1, Annotated Code of Maryland
20.85.04.01.htm 20.85.04.01. 01 Applicability.. A. Extensions of telephone distribution lines made after June 5, 1968, which are necessary to furnish permanent telephone service to new residential buildings and mobile homes, shall be made underground. The extension of service shall be made by the utility in accordance with the provisions in these regulations.B. These regulations apply to:. 1) Extensions of telephone distribution lines in subdivisions where distribution cables and service
20.85.04.02.htm 20.85.04.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) "Applicant" means the person, partnership, association, corporation, or government agency applying for permanent telephone service, or developing a subdivision in which telephone service is to be provided to new residential buildings or mobile homes.2) "Commission" means the Public Service Commission of Maryland..
20.85.04.03.htm 20.85.04.03. 03 Rights-of-Way and Easements.. A. The utility shall construct, own, operate, and maintain an underground telephone distribution system only along public streets, roads, and highways which the utility has the legal right to occupy, and on public lands and private property across which rights-of-way and easements satisfactory to the utility may be obtained by the utility without cost or condemnation, in reasonable time to meet service requirements.B. Rights-of-way and ease
20.85.04.04.htm 20.85.04.04. 04 Installation of Underground Telephone Distribution System or Underground Telephone Service Line.. A. Upon receipt of a proper application, the utility shall install, own, and maintain an underground telephone distribution system or underground telephone service line with suitable materials which, in its judgment, will assure that the applicant will receive safe, adequate, and reasonable telephone service for the foreseeable future.B. If the underground tel
20.85.04.05.htm 20.85.04.05. 05 Charges.. A. A charge may be made by the utility for the underground installation, in accordance with tariffs filed with the Commission and the provisions of this regulation.B. The service connection to the building normally will be at the corner of the building nearest the point at which the underground telephone service line enters the property to be served. If the applicant specifies a different service connection point at the building, then he shall pay the estimate
20.85.04.06.htm 20.85.04.06. 06 Connection to Existing System.. A. The connection from the existing telephone distribution system to the underground telephone distribution systems installed within a subdivision shall be made underground in accordance with the regular extension rules of the utility on file with the Commission.B. For underground telephone service lines to new residential buildings or mobile homes, the utility shall construct an underground line from the lot line of the applicant's p
20.85.04.07.htm 20.85.04.07. 07 Advances by Applicant.. A. The utility may require a reasonable deposit from the applicant before construction is commenced, in order to guarantee performance. The deposit, without interest, shall be returned to the applicant, on a pro-rata basis, as each new customer makes application for service.B. Any portion of the deposit remaining unrefunded 10 years from the date the utility is first ready to render service from the extension will be retained by the utility and c
20.85.04.08.htm 20.85.04.08. 08 Joint Construction.. A. Each utility engaged in underground construction shall cooperate to the extent practicable in having information available for review by other utilities concerning applicants for new service.B. To the extent practicable, electric cables, communications cables, and gas pipes shall be installed in the same trench, due care being taken to conform to any applicable code and utility specifications.C. Upon timely application, a telephone company sh
20.85.04.09.htm 20.85.04.09. 09 Modification or Exemption.. A. In unusual circumstances, when the application of these regulations appears impracticable or unjust to either party, or discriminatory to other customers, the utility or applicant may refer the matter to the Commission for modification of the regulations or for approval of special conditions before commencing construction.B. Requests to the Commission for exemption from the requirements for underground installation of a telephone distribution sy
20.85.04.9999.htm 20.85.04.9999. Administrative History Effective date: June 5, 1968 (Order No. 57282). Amended effective November 1, 1968 (Order No. 57413). Chapter revised effective September 1, 1971 (Order No. 59429). Chapter revised effective July 1, 1973 (Order No. 60316). Regulation .02A amended effective October 31, 1988 (15:22 Md. R. 2559). Regulations .02D, E, .06C, and .08C adopted effective October 1, 1973 (Order No. 60391). Regulation .05A-C amended effective October 31, 1988 (15:22 Md. R. 2559).
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