The following words when used in Chapter 672-11 shall have the
(a) "Annual Permit
Fee" means the yearly amount due for a Permit approved by Department on or
after January 1, 2022 that is associated with the ongoing management of the
Public Rights-of-Way obtained pursuant to the Department's authority and as
calculated in accordance with this Chapter.
(b) "Application Fee" means a nonrefundable
onetime fee for the review of a Permit application by the Department and as
calculated in accordance with this Chapter. This fee is nonrefundable
regardless of whether a Permit application is abandoned or not
(c) "Communication Cable"
means any fiber optic, copper, media, or other cable utilized by a
Communications Utility for the purpose of providing a Communications
Service" includes, but is not limited to, a wireline or wireless
Telecommunications Service, Information Service or Cable Service as those terms
are defined in Sections 153 and 522 of the Communications Act of 1934, as
amended, (47 U.S.C. §§
and 602) and Broadband Internet Access
Service as that term is defined in Section 8.1(b) of the rules and regulations
of the FCC (47 C.F.R. §
(e) "Communications Utility" means a Utility
that provides a Communications Service.
(f) "Department" or "GDOT" means the Georgia
Department of Transportation.
"EMC" means an electric membership cooperative which is a member-owned and
"Existing Permit" means a Permit that has been approved by the Department prior
to January 1, 2022.
(i) "FCC" means
the United States Federal Communications Commission.
(j) "Non-Communications Utility" means a
utility that is not a Communications Utility, including, but not limited to, an
entity that provides electric, gas, water or other power services, without
regard to whether such services are subject to regulation by the Georgia Public
Service Commission or other regulatory department.
(k) "Permit" means the legal document by
which the Department authorizes the use of and regulates the use and/or
occupancy of the Public Rights-of-Way and as further defined in the
(l) "Public Rights-of-Way"
means the state highway system and those local roads and streets that are a
part of the Federal-aid system, but excluding the interstate highway systems.
(m) "UAM" means the Department's
Utility Accommodation Policy and Standards Manual, current edition.
(n) "Utility" means a Communications Utility
or a Non-Communications Utility.
"Wireless Facility" means equipment at a
fixed location that enables wireless communications between user equipment and
a communications network and includes, but is not limited to, Small Wireless
Facilities as that term is defined in Section 1.6002 of the rules and
regulations of the FCC (47 C.F.R. §
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs.
Original Rule entitled "Long Distance and Trunk Communications
Cables; Issuance of Permits" was filed as Emergency Rule 672-11-0-.23-.02 on
March 25, 1985; effective
March 21, 1985; the
date of adoption, to remain in effect for a period of 120 days or until the
effective date of a permanent Rule covering the same subject matter superseding
this Emergency Rule, as specified by the Agency. This Emergency Rule expired
July 19, 1985.
Amended: A permanent Rule of the same title adopted.
Filed July 1, 1985; effective
July 21, 1985.
Amended: New title "Definitions." F.
Aug. 24, 2021; eff.
Sept. 13, 2021.