DT 99-002
    Order Nisi Approving Cellular Interconnection Agreement
                    O R D E R   N O.  23,131
                        February 1, 1999
       On January 6, 1999, New England Telephone and Telegraph
     Company (Bell Atlantic) and Telecorp Communications Inc.
     (TeleCorp) filed with the New Hampshire Public Utilities
     Commission (Commission) a negotiated Cellular Interconnection
     Agreement (Agreement).  The Agreement was filed for approval
     pursuant to 47 U.S.C. Section 252(e) of the Telecommunications
     Act of 1996 (TAct).
       This Agreement provides, inter alia, for transmission
     and routing of exchange service traffic and exchange access
     traffic and transmission and termination of other types of
     traffic and joint network configuration.  Bell Atlantic and
     TeleCorp will exchange technical and traffic information which
     will be kept proprietary; each party will maintain facilities
     within its own network and will not interfere with the other
     party's systems.
              This Agreement establishes reciprocal compensation as
     well as negotiated rates for cellular Type I and Type IIA access. 
     The negotiated rates are lower than the tariffed rates for Type I
     and Type IIA access and, according to Bell Atlantic, are based on
     Total Element Long Run Incremental Costs.
                 Staff recommends approval of the Agreement between Bell
     Atlantic and TeleCorp based on a review of the summary and actual
     agreement for compliance with the TAct.  Staff points out that
     the Agreement is substantially consistent with the terms of
     previously approved interconnection agreements and that all
     prices are the same as other agreements between Bell Atlantic and
     cellular companies. 
       We have reviewed the Agreement and find it meets the
     standards of Section 252(e)(2)(A) for approval of a negotiated
     agreement.  The Agreement does not appear to be discriminatory
     with respect to any carrier not a party to the negotiations. We
     find that approval is consistent with the public interest in
     achieving a more competitive telecommunications market.
     Therefore, 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 Interconnection Agreement
     negotiated between Bell Atlantic and TeleCorp is approved; and it
       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      
     February 8, 1999 and to be documented by affidavit filed with
     this office on or before February 16, 1999; 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 February 22, 1999;   
     and it is
       FURTHER ORDERED, that any party interested in
     responding to such comments or request for hearing shall do so no
     later than February 26, 1999; and it is
       FURTHER ORDERED, that this Order Nisi shall be
     effective March 1, 1999, 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 first day of February, 1999.
           Douglas L. Patch       Susan S. Geiger     Nancy Brockway
               Chairman           Commissioner          Commissioner
     Attested by:
     Thomas B. Getz
     Executive Director and Secretary