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110 STAT. 78 PUBLIC LAW 104-104—FEB. 8, 1996 and obtained designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier under section 214(e). "(b) TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF REGULATIONS.—The regulations prescribed by the Commission pursuant to this section shall— "(1) not require a local exchange carrier to which this section applies to take any action that is economically unreasonable or that is contrary to the public interest; "(2) permit, but shall not require, the joint ownership or operation of public switched network infrastructure and services by or among such local exchange carrier and a qualifjang carrier; "(3) ensure that such local exchange carrier will not be treated by the Commission or any State as a common carrier for hire or as offering common carrier services with respect to any infrastructure, technology, information, facilities, or functions made available to a qualifying carrier in accordance with regulations issued pursuant to this section; "(4) ensure that such local exchange carrier makes such infrastructure, technology, information, facilities, or functions available to a qualifying carrier on just and reasonable terms and conditions that permit such qualifying carrier to fully benefit from the economies of scale and scope of such local exchange carrier, as determined in accordance with guidelines prescribed by the Commission in regulations issued pursuant to this section; "(5) establish conditions that promote cooperation between local exchange carriers to which this section applies and qualify- ing carriers; "(6) not require a local exchange carrier to which this section applies to engage in any infrastructure sharing agreement for any services or access which are to be provided or offered to consumers by the qualifying carrier in such local exchange carrier's telephone exchange area; and "(7) require that such local exchange carrier file with the Commission or State for public inspection, any tariffs, contracts, or other arrangements showing the rates, terms, and conditions under which such carrier is making available public switched network infi-astructure and functions under this section. " (c) INFORMATION CONCERNING DEPLOYMENT OF NEW SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT. —A local exchange carrier to which this section applies that has entered into an infrastructure sharing agreement under this section shall provide to each party to such agreement timely information on the planned deployment of telecommunications services and equipment, including any software or upgrades of software integral to the use or operation of such telecommunications equipment. "(d) DEFINITION.— For purposes of this section, the term 'qualify- ing carrier' means a telecommunications carrier that— "(1) lacks economies of scale or scope, as determined in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Commission pursuant to this section; and "(2) offers telephone exchange service, exchange access, and any other service that is included in universal service, to all consumers without preference throughout the service area for which such carrier has been designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier under section 214(e).