On November 3, 2010, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) unanimously voted to establish a generic investigation into intrastate carrier access reform as a follow-up measure to the legislation signed on June 13, 2010, by outgoing Governor Ted Strickland. The bill essentially deregulated the intrastate access rates of incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) provided that their intrastate rates mirror their interstate rates. The PUCO proposes to establish an Access Restructuring Plan in order to “maintain the affordability of local service rates for end-user customers while allowing rural incumbent telephone companies to reduce access charges, on a revenue-neutral basis, thereby encouraging greater competition.” The plan would be financed by compulsory monthly contributions from carriers operating in Ohio. The PUCO invited interested parties to file comments regarding the proposal no later than December 20, 2010, with reply comments due January 19, 2011. Docket No. 10-2387-TP-COI.