Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 515-12-1-.03 - Metering, Inspections and Tests

Current through Rules and Regulations filed through April 4, 2022

(1) Competitive Local Exchange Carriers that provide local exchange service through resold telecommunication services, unbundled network elements and/or special access are exempt from the provisions of this rule.
(2) Provisions of Testing. The telephone utility shall provide or have access to test facilties which will enable it to determine the operating and transmission capabilities of circuit and switching equipment, either for routine maintenance or for fault location.
(3) Meter Reading Records. When mechanical and/or electronic recording devices are used in connection with telecommunication service the meter reading data and related customer records from which the customer's bills are prepared shall show:
a. Identifying number or means to determine readily the customer's name, address and service classification.
b. Meter readings.
c. Date of Meter reading.
d. Multiplier or constant if used.
(4) Meter and Recording Equipment Test Facilities. Every telephone meter and/or recording device shall be tested prior to its installation, either by the manufacturer, the telephone utility, or an approved organization equipped for such testing. Such equipment shall be maintained in good operating condition, shall be tested periodically in their normal operating location and wiring and shall be accurately read. Periodic testing and maintenance of controlling trunk equipment shall be performed to assure the integrity of their operation.
(5) Meter and Recording Equipment Requirements. All meters and/or recording devices shall accurately perform the following:
a. For message rate service where timing the length of message is not involved, the meter and/or recording device shall show the number of completed messages sent by the access line which it is measuring.
b. For message rate, measured rate, and/or message toll service when in addition to recording the calls it is necessary to time the calls, the recording device shall show the number of calls and the chargeable time involved in each call and the access line making such call. When a meter and/or recording device is associated with the access line making the call, the meter and/or recording device shall accumulate the number of message units used for these calls.
(6) Request Tests. Upon request of any customer the telephone utility shall make a test of any meter and/or recording device related to his billing. Such requests should not be made more often than once every three months unless unusual circumstances exist.
(7) Test Records. A record of all meter and/or recording equipment tests and adjustments and data sufficient to allow checking of the results shall be recorded. Such record shall include the identifying number of the meter and/or recording device; its type; the date and kind of test; and the results of each test.


Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 515-12-1-.03
Ga. L. 1975, Sec. 2, p. 406.
Original Rule entitled "Metering, Inspections and Tests" adopted. F. Dec. 29, 1975; eff. 1/1/1976, as specified by Ga. L. 1975, p. 411. Amended: F. Nov. 26, 2002; eff. 12/16/2002. Amended: F. Feb. 7, 2003; eff. 2/27/2003.

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