A common carrier shall prohibit by tariff or contract the use of any 800 telephone number, or other telephone number advertised or widely understood to be toll-free, in a manner that would result in:
(a) The calling party or the subscriber to the originating line being assessed, by virtue of completing the call, a charge for a call;
(b) The calling party being connected to a pay-per-call service;
(c) The calling party being charged for information conveyed during the call unless:
(1) The calling party has a written agreement (including an agreement transmitted through electronic medium) that specifies the material terms and conditions under which the information is offered and includes:
(i) The rate at which charges are assessed for the information;
(ii) The information provider's name;
(iii) The information provider's business address;
(iv) The information provider's regular business telephone number;
(v) The information provider's agreement to notify the subscriber at least one billing cycle in advance of all future changes in the rates charged for the information;
(vi) The subscriber's choice of payment method, which may be by direct remit, debit, prepaid account, phone bill, or credit or calling card and, if a subscriber elects to pay by means of phone bill, a clear explanation that the subscriber will be assessed for calls made to the information service from the subscriber's phone line;
(vii) A unique personal identification number or other subscriber-specific identifier that must be used to obtain access to the information service and instructions on its use, and, in addition, assures that any charges for services accessed by use of the subscriber's personal identification number or subscriber-specific identifier be assessed to subscriber's source of payment elected pursuant to paragraph (c)(1)(vi) of this section; or
(2) The calling party is charged for the information by means of a credit, prepaid, debit, charge, or calling card and the information service provider includes in response to each call an introductory message that:
(i) Clearly states that there is a charge for the call;
(ii) Clearly states the service's total cost per minute and any other fees for the service or for any service to which the caller may be transferred;
(iii) Explains that the charges must be billed on either a credit, prepaid, debit, charge, or calling card;
(iv) Asks the caller for the card number;
(v) Clearly states that charges for the call begin at the end of the introductory message; and
(vi) Clearly states that the caller can hang up at or before the end of the introductory message without incurring any charge whatsoever.
(d) The calling party being called back collect for the provision of audio or data information services, simultaneous voice conversation services, or products; and
(e) The calling party being assessed by virtue of the caller being asked to connect or otherwise transfer to a pay-per-call service, a charge for the call.
(f) Provided, however, that:
(1) Notwithstanding paragraph (c)(1) of this section, a written agreement that meets the requirements of that paragraph is not required for:
(i) Calls utilizing telecommunications devices for the deaf;
(ii) Directory services provided by a common carrier or its affiliate or by a local exchange carrier or its affiliate; or
(iii) Any purchase of goods or of services that are not information services.
(2) The requirements of paragraph (c)(2) of this section shall not apply to calls from repeat callers using a bypass mechanism to avoid listening to the introductory message: Provided, That information providers shall disable such a bypass mechanism after the institution of any price increase for a period of time determined to be sufficient by the Federal Trade Commission to give callers adequate and sufficient notice of a price increase.
[61 FR 39087, July 26, 1996, as amended at 69 FR 61154, Oct. 15, 2004]
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