3 AAC 53.299 - Definitions

Current through April 6, 2022

In 3 AAC 53.200 - 3 AAC 53.299, unless the context requires otherwise,

(1) "access to directory assistance" means access to a service that includes making available to customers, upon request, information contained in directory listings;
(2) "access to emergency services" includes access to 911 and enhanced 911 services to the extent that, in a carrier of last resort area, a local government or other public safety organization has implemented 911 or enhanced 911 service; in this paragraph,
(A) "911" means a service that permits a telecommunications user, by dialing the three-digit code "911," to call emergency services through a public service access point operated by the local government or other public safety organization;
(B) "enhanced 911" means 911 service that includes the ability to provide
(i) automatic numbering information to enable the public service access point to call back if the call is disconnected; and
(ii) automatic location information to permit emergency service providers to identify the geographic location of the calling party;
(3) "access to interexchange services" means the use of the loop, as well as that portion of the switch that is paid for by the end user, or the functional equivalent of these network elements in the case of a wireless carrier, that are necessary to access an interexchange carrier's network;
(4) "access to operator services" means access to any automatic or live assistance to a consumer to arrange for billing or completion, or both, of a telephone call;
(5) "affiliate" has the meaning given "affiliated interest" in AS 42.05.990;
(6) "bundled service" means an offering combining two or more services, one of which is local service, for a package price that may include a discount or some other benefit; "bundled service" does not include a combination of local service offerings at a package price;
(7) "business day" means a day other than Saturday, Sunday, or a state holiday;
(8) "carrier of last resort area" means the geographic area for which a local exchange carrier is designated a carrier of last resort;
(9) "commission" means the Regulatory Commission of Alaska;
(10) "control" by a carrier refers to the ability of the carrier or its affiliate to direct the use of facilities regardless of whether the carrier directly owns the facilities;
(11) "customer connection" means any connection used to provide local exchange service; "customer connection"
(A) includes
(i) a line sold to another carrier that uses the line to provide service to a residential or business customer through total service resale; and
(ii) each voice line equivalent, if a line is used to provide multiple communication channels to a residential or business customer and is weighted based on the line's voice line equivalent weighting used by a carrier for network access fees; and
(B) does not include lines sold as unbundled network element loops;
(12) "dominant carrier" means a local exchange carrier that the commission designates under 3 AAC 53.220 as a dominant carrier for a service;
(13) "dual-tone multi-frequency signaling or its functional equivalent" means a method of signaling that facilitates the transportation of signaling through the network, shortening call set-up time;
(14) "economic regulation" has the meaning given in 3 AAC 48.820;
(15) "eligible telecommunications carrier" means a carrier that is designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier by the commission under 47 U.S.C. 214(e) and 3 AAC 53.400 - 3 AAC 53.499;
(16) "exchange" or "local exchange" has the meaning given in 3 AAC 48.820;
(17) "incumbent carrier" means the telephone utility, or its successor, certificated to provide local exchange telephone service within its service area as of February 8, 1996;
(18) "interexchange carrier" means a carrier certificated by the commission to provide intrastate interexchange telephone service;
(19) "lifeline" has the meaning given in 47 C.F.R. 54.401;
(20) "line extension" has the meaning given in 3 AAC 48.820;
(21) "link up" has the meaning given in 47 C.F.R. 54.411;
(22) "local exchange carrier" means a local exchange telephone utility certificated to provide local exchange telephone service;
(23) "noncompetitive areas" means one or more areas that are not designated as a competitive local exchange market;
(24) "nondominant carrier" means a local exchange carrier other than a dominant carrier;
(25) "private line" means a service that provides dedicated circuits, predefined transmission paths, whether virtual or physical, or equivalent arrangements that allow for the provision of communications between predetermined specific customer locations;
(26) "recorded authorization" means a voice communication that clearly grants the authority to transfer a customer's local exchange service from one local exchange carrier to another and that may be accurately retrieved for later review;
(27) "single-party service or its functional equivalent" means telecommunications service that permits users to have
(A) exclusive use of a wireline subscriber loop or access line for each call placed; or
(B) in the case of wireless telecommunications carriers, a dedicated message path for the length of a user's particular transmission;
(28) "special access" has the meaning given in section 801(ff) of the Alaska Intrastate Interexchange Access Charge Manual, adopted by reference in 3 AAC 48.440;
(29) "special construction" means one or more of the following types of construction:
(A) construction of facilities to provide services or channels for the customer when there is no other requirement for the facilities so constructed;
(B) construction of channel facilities of a type other than that which the carrier would otherwise utilize in order to provide services or channels for the customer;
(C) construction of facilities to meet requirements specified by the customer that involves a route other than that which the carrier would normally utilize in order to provide services or channels;
(30) "study area" has the meaning given in 3 AAC 53.499;
(31) "toll-blocking limitation for qualifying low-income customers" has the meaning given "toll limitation for qualifying low-income consumers" in 47 C.F.R. 54.101(a);
(32) "unaffiliated" means not an affiliate;
(33) "voice grade access to the public switched network" means a functionality
(A) that enables a user of telecommunications services to
(i) transmit voice communications, including signaling the network that the caller wishes to place a call; and
(ii) receive voice communications, including receiving a signal indicating there is an incoming call; and
(B) with a minimum bandwidth of 300 - 3,000 Hertz.
(34) "1-plus" has the meaning given in 3 AAC 52.399.


3 AAC 53.299
Eff. 6/21/98, Register 146; am 4/24/2004, Register 170; am 8/27/2004, Register 171; am 9/16/2005, Register 175; am 7/31/2011, Register 199; am 10/6/2013, Register 208

Authority:AS 42.05.141

AS 42.05.145

AS 42.05.151

AS 42.05.291

AS 42.05.800

AS 42.05.990

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