U S West Communs., Inc. v. Arizona Corp. Comm'n

In U S West Communs., Inc. v. Arizona Corp. Comm'n, 197 Ariz. 16, 22,25, 3 P.3d 936, 942 (App. 1999), the court found a nexus to ratemaking for rules relating to: (1) pricing of competitive services; (2) procedures for rate changes; (3) establishment of a Universal Service Fund; (4) procedures for classifying a competitive service. 197 Ariz. at 24,30, 3 P.3d at 944. On the other hand, the court determined that certain rules regulating billing and collection practices did not derive from the Commission's ratemaking powers and thus required attorney general approval. Id. at32. The same was true of a provision requiring that customers have equal access to choose long distance carriers. Id. at 25,36, 3 P.3d at 945. The billing and collection rules required utilities to "bill monthly for any competitive services rendered" and mandated detailed information that must appear on bills, including a description of the services provided, the monthly charge, and a toll-free number for billing inquiries. Id. at 33, app. A.A.C. R14-2-1114(D), 3 P.3d at 953. The equal access provision required utilities to provide "2-PIC toll equal access where technically and economically feasible," as well as a "sequence for implementation of intraLATA equal access." Id. at 32, app. A.A.C. R14-2-1111, 3 P.3d at 952.