PSC Considers Proposed Changes in Telephone Directory Rules to Eliminate Mandatory Distribution of Most Printed Directories;
ATLANTA - The Georgia Public Service Commission is considering proposed changes to Commission rules in response to a request from AT&T Georgia that would eliminate mandatory distribution of printed directories to 18 Georgia communities with populations over 50,000.
Commission rules currently require telecommunications companies to print and distribute yearly residential telephone directories, commonly known as "white pages."
Under the proposed amended rule, for communities with combined populations of greater than 50,000, local carriers will not be obligated to distribute printed residential directories, provided that, upon a customer's request, the local exchange carrier would still be required to provide the residential directory free of charge in printed or electronic form.
The proposed rules require local exchange companies to provide notice to affected customers prior to discontinuing the distribution of residential directories.
The affected communities are:
Lake Oconee-Reynolds Plantation