Terms used in these rules have the following meaning:
"Average Busy Season--Busy Hour
Traffic"--The average traffic volume for the busy season, busy
Area"--A specific area within an exchange service area as set forth in
the telephone utilities' tariffs, maps or descriptions. Local exchange service
within this area is furnished at uniform rates without extra mileage
Service"--Telecommunications service provided a customer where the use
is primarily or substantially of a business, professional, institutional or
otherwise occupational nature.
"Busy Hour"--The two consecutive half-hours each day during which
the greatest volume of traffic is handled in the office.
"Busy Season"--That period
of the year during which the greatest volume of traffic is handled in the
"Calls"--Customers' telephone messages attempted.
switching unit, in a telecommunications system which provides service to the
general public, having the necessary equipment and operating arrangements for
terminating and interconnecting customer lines and trunks or trunks only. There
maybe more than one central office in a building.
"Channel"--A path for
communication between two or more stations or telephone utility offices,
furnished in such a manner as the carrier may elect, whether by wire, radio or
a combination thereof and whether or not by a single physical facility or
Service"--A description of telecommunications service fumished a
customer which denotes such characteristics as nature of use (business or
residence) type of rate (flat rate or message rate). Classes of service are
usually subdivided in "grades," such as individual line, two-party or
"Commission"--The Georgia Public Service Commission.
firm, partnership, corporation, municipality, cooperative, organization,
governmental agency, etc., provided with telecommunications service by any
Trouble Report"--Any oral or written report from a customer or user of
telecommunication service relating to a physical defector to difficulty or
dissatisfaction with the operation of the utility's facilities. This oral or
written report should be made to a telephone company service representative on
duty. Oral or written report should be made to the telephone company business
office, or by calling repair service number as listed in the telephone
directory. One report shall be counted for each oral or written report received
although it may duplicate a previous report or merely involve an inquiry
concerning progress on a previous report. Also, a separate report shall be
counted for each telephone or PBX switchboard position reported in trouble when
several items are reported by one customer at the same time, unless the group
of troubles so reported is clearly related to a common cause.
established by a telephone utility for the administration of telecommunication
service in a specified area for which a separate local rate schedule is
provided. It may consist of one or more central offices together with
associated plant facilities used in furnishing telecommunication services in
Service Area"--The geographical territory served by an exchange, usually
embracing a city, town or village and its environs.
"Grade of Service"--The
number of parties (main stations) served on a telephone line such as one-party,
two-party, four-party, etc.
"Individual Line Service"--A classification of exchange service
which provides that only one main station shall be served by the circuit
connecting such station with the central office equipment.
service arrangement provided by the utility whereby calls placed to a
disconnected or discontinued telephone number are intercepted and the calling
party is informed that the called telephone number has been disconnected or
discontinued, or changed to another number, or that calls are being received by
another telephone, etc.
"Interexchange Trunks"--Transmission paths, including the
conductors and associated equipment, connecting two exchanges.
--A general term used
in the communication industry in several different senses, the most important
of which are:
1. The conductor or conductors
and supporting or containing structures extending between customer stations and
central offices, or between central offices whether they be in the same or
conductors and circuit apparatus associated with a particular communication
3. Any communication
channel between two points disregarding the method of its derivation.
Area"--The area within which telecommunication service is furnished
customers under a specific schedule or exchange rates. A local calling area may
include one or more exchange service areas or portions of exchange service
Service"--Telecommunication service provided within local exchange
service areas in accordance with the tariffs. It includes the use of exchange
facilities required to establish connections between stations within the
exchange and between stations and the toll facilities serving the
Message"--A completed call between stations located within the same
local calling area.
"Local Message Charge"--The charge that applies for a completed
telephone call that is made when the calling station and the stations to which
the connection is established are both within the same local calling area, and
a local message charge is applicable.
"Local Service Charge"--The
charge for furnishing facilities to enable a customer to send or receive
telecommunications within the local service calling area. This local service
calling area may include one or more exchange service areas.
"Long Distance Telecommunications
Service"--That part of the total communication service rendered by a
utility which is furnished between customers in different local service areas
in accordance with the rates and regulations specified in the utility's
"Message"--A completed customer telephone call.
"Message Rate Service"--A
form of exchange service under which all originated local messages are measured
and charged for in accordance with the tariff.
telecommunications equipment and facilities installed on, along, over or under
streets, alleys, highways or on private rights-of-way between the central
office and customer's locations or between central offices.
"Party Line Service"--A
classification of exchange service which provides for a number of main stations
to be served by the same central office line.
"Private Line"--A circuit
provided to furnish communication only between the two or more telephones or
other terminal devices directly connected to it, and not having connection with
either central office or PBX switching apparatus.
Service"--An individual line customer service equipped with a coin
collecting telephone instrument installed for the use of the general public in
locations where the general public has access to these telephones.
for a different grade of service.
facilities owned and maintained by a customer or group of customers, which
lines are connected with the facilities of a telephone utility for
"Station"--A telephone instrument or other terminal
"Tariff"--The entire body of rates, tolls, rentals, charges,
classifications and rules, adopted by the utility and filed with the
Utility"--Any person, firm, partnership or corporation engaged in the
business of furnishing telecommunication services to the public under the
jurisdiction of the Georgia Public Service Commission.
"Toll Connecting Trunks"--A
general classification of trunks carrying toll traffic and ordinarily extending
between a local office and a toll office, except trunks classified as tributary
Station"--A telephone connected to a toll line or directly to a toll
"Traffic"--Telephone call volume, based on number and duration of