DE 98-099


                    Order Nisi Approving Resale Agreement

                            O R D E R  N O.  22,958

                                 June 22, 1998

   On June 4, 1998, New England Telephone and
Telegraph Company (Bell Atlantic) and Telephone Company of
Central Florida d/b/a TCCF (TCCF) 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 TCCF to retail customers.  Business and residence services are 
provided to TCCF 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 TCCF
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 TCCF 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
June 29, 1998 and to be documented by affidavit filed with this
office on or before July 6, 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 July 13, 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 20, 1998; and it is
  FURTHER ORDERED, that this Order Nisi shall be
effective July 22, 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 twenty-second day of June, 1998.

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

Attested by:

Claire D. DiCicco
Assistant Secretary