The Committee is required to consider the following issues:
1.The effects of competition on available subsidies used to maintain universal service.
2.The status of modernization of the public telephone network in Indiana and the incentives required to further enhance this infrastructure.
3.The effects on economic development and educational opportunities of modernization.
4.The current method of regulating telephone companies and the effectiveness of the method.
5.The economic and social effectiveness of current telephone service pricing.
The Committee is also required to study and make recommendations relating to possible deregulation of electric utilities, including the following issues:
1.The effects of competition or changes in the energy utility industry and the impact of the competition or changes on the residential rates.
2.The status of modernization of the energy utility facilities in Indiana and the incentives required to further enhance this infrastructure.
3.The effects on economic development of modernization.
4.The traditional method of regulating energy utilities and the effectiveness of the method.
5.The economic and social effectiveness of traditional energy utility service pricing.
6.The effects of legislation enacted by the United States Congress.
The committee was given these additional charges.
1.Study the issues relating to the provision of video and voice coverage of sessions of the general assembly through the Internet or a cable television service (HR 22)
2. Study the issue of utility subsidies to affiliates or unregulated activities (HR 59)
3. Study the topic of merchant power plants (HCR 81)
4. Review the issue of open access to Internet services (SCR 48)