DE 98-078


                    Order Nisi Approving Resale Agreement

                            O R D E R  N O.  22,951

                                 June 8, 1998

   On May 11, 1998, New England Telephone and Telegraph
Company (Bell Atlantic) and Crystal Communications Corporation
(CCC) 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
  This Agreement establishes terms for the discount
purchase of Bell Atlantic telecommunications services for resale
by CCC to retail customers.  Business and residence services are 
provided to CCC 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 No. 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 CCC 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 submit comments or 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 CCC 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 June
15, 1998 and to be documented by affidavit filed with this office
on or before June 22, 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 June 29, 1998; and it
  FURTHER ORDERED, that any party interested in
responding to such comments or request for hearing shall do so no
later than July 6, 1998; and it is
  FURTHER ORDERED, that this Order Nisi shall be
effective July 8, 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 eighth day of June, 1998.

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

Attested by:

Thomas B. Getz
Executive Director & Secretary