DE 98-028


                    Order Nisi Approving Resale Agreement

                            O R D E R  N O.  22,901

                                April 13, 1998

   On March 6, 1998, New England Telephone and Telegraph
Company (Bell Atlantic) and Comm South Companies Inc. d/b/a New
Hampshire Comm South (NHCS) jointly filed with the New Hampshire
Public Utilities Commission (Commission) a resale Agreement
(Agreement) negotiated pursuant to Section 252(e) of the
Telecommunications Act of 1996 (TAct).
  This Agreement establishes terms for the discount
purchase of Bell Atlantic telecommunications services for resale
by NHCS to retail customers.  Business and residence services are 
provided to NHCS at a mutually agreed upon percentage discount
from the Bell Atlantic tariff rates.  Service establishment
charges and other charges related to providing service are
expressed in dollar amounts.
   Discounts in this filing range from 17.30% to 20.25%
from retail and are the same as the Statement of Generally
Available Terms (SGAT) filed by Bell Atlantic on July 11, 1997.
All other pricing is consistent with the current SGAT which
includes revisions filed with the Commission on December 22,
1997.  Per order 22,692 (August 25, 1997), the SGAT took effect
on October 20, 1997 subject to continued review and approval by
the Commission.  If the Commission orders changes in SGAT pricing
or discount levels within six months of the effective date of the
agreement a true-up will occur for all services previously
purchased through the agreement.  
  Bell Atlantic will provide training to NHCS regarding
all services requested as well as reasonable amounts of
information to assist marketing efforts.
  Staff recommends approval of this negotiated Agreement 
based on a review of the Agreement, the summary provided by Bell
Atlantic, and verbal clarification provided by Bell Atlantic.
  We accept Staff's recommendation, finding that the
Agreement meets the standards of 252(e)(2)(A) of the TAct for
approval.  The Agreement does not appear to be discriminatory to
any carrier not a party to the negotiations and is consistent
with the public interest, convenience, and necessity.  We will
approve it on a Nisi basis in order to provide any interested
party an opportunity to request a hearing pursuant to RSA 374:26.
  Based upon the foregoing, it is hereby
  ORDERED NISI, that the Agreement negotiated between
Bell Atlantic and NHCS is approved; and it is
  FURTHER ORDERED, that the Petitioner shall cause a copy
of this Order Nisi to be published once in a statewide newspaper
of general circulation, such publication to be no later than
April 20, 1998 and to be documented by affidavit filed with this
office on or before April 27, 1998; and it is
  FURTHER ORDERED, that all persons interested in
responding to this petition be notified that they may submit
their comments or file a written request for a hearing on this
matter before the Commission no later than May 4, 1998; and it 
  FURTHER ORDERED, that any party interested in
responding to such comments or request for hearing shall do so no
later than May 11, 1998; and it is
  FURTHER ORDERED, that this Order Nisi shall be
effective May 13, 1998, unless the Commission provides otherwise
in a supplemental order issued prior to the effective date.
  By order of the Public Utilities Commission of New
Hampshire this thirteenth day of April, 1998. 

  Douglas L. Patch      Bruce B. Ellsworth     Susan S. Geiger
      Chairman             Commissioner          Commissioner

Attested by:

Thomas B. Getz
Executive Director & Secretary