Current through Register Vol. 61, No. 4, April 1, 2022
Interest. An entity may apply to the Office to be classified as a Community of
Interest for purpose of these rules by submitting an application to the Office
that includes the following items and required information:
(a) Applicant's name, home and office
addresses and telephone numbers.
(b) Applicant's mailing address, if different
from its listed home and office addresses.
(c) Evidence of applicant's nonprofit and tax
exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (a
copy of the Internal Revenue Service determination letter, or advance ruling,
indicating that applicant is a section 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization shall
meet this requirement).
Evidence that applicant has complied with the relevant provisions of ORS
and is registered with the Oregon Secretary of State to do business in Oregon
as a nonprofit corporation.
Statement and supporting evidence that applicant's mission is primarily to
conduct activities for the direct benefit or good to the public or
community-at-large in Oregon in one or more of the following public service
(B) Economic Development
(C) Health Care
(D) Human Services
(E) Public Safety
(f) Identification of the community-at-large
served, if not readily apparent from the applicant's mission and activity
statement and description.
Evidence of applicant's current affiliation with a federal, state or local
governmental unit within the State of Oregon, if any.
(h) Signature of applicant or its authorized
Office shall approve or deny a submitted application within twenty (20)
business days from actual receipt of the application. Following the Office's
approval of a submitted application, a written Community of Interest
designation ("Designation") shall be issued to the successful applicant. Upon
receipt of the Designation, a Community of Interest may enter into a formal
agreement with the Office to extend to the Community of Interest certain
benefits of communications contracts for networks, equipment and services
negotiated and executed by the State of Oregon.
A Community of Interest Designation is a
privilege, not a right. Designation expires one (1) year from the date of
issuance. However, the Office may cancel a Designation prior to its normal
expiration for cause based upon clear and convincing evidence of either of the
(a) A finding that the designee is
abusing, or has abused, its status as a Community of Interest. Abuse of
Community of Interest status includes, but is not limited to, the designee's
resale of extended state telecommunications contract benefits.
(b) A finding that the designee can no longer
satisfy the criteria under these rules to continue qualifying as a Community of
Organizations seeking Community of Interest redesignation must follow the same
process and are subject to the same eligibility requirements as if applying for
an initial Designation. Organizations seeking redesignation must submit their
completed applications thirty (30) business days prior to the annual expiration
date for their current Designation. Timely submissions will operate to extend
the current Designation to cover the period necessary to review and take action
on the new application for redesignation.