telecommunications carrier

(8) The term “telecommunications carrier”— (A) means a person or entity engaged in the transmission or switching of wire or electronic communications as a common carrier for hire; and (B) includes— (i) a person or entity engaged in providing commercial mobile service (as defined in section 332(d) of this title ); or (ii) a person or entity engaged in providing wire or electronic communication switching or transmission service to the extent that the Commission finds that such service is a replacement for a substantial portion of the local telephone exchange service and that it is in the public interest to deem such a person or entity to be a telecommunications carrier for purposes of this subchapter; but (C) does not include— (i) persons or entities insofar as they are engaged in providing information services; and (ii) any class or category of telecommunications carriers that the Commission exempts by rule after consultation with the Attorney General.


47 USC § 1001(8)

Scoping language

for purposes of this subchapter
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