Or. Admin. R. 860-021-0505 - Disconnection Procedures for All Commercial Electric and Gas Utility Customers and All Customers of Large Telecommunications Utilities

(1) This rule applies to the involuntary termination of all commercial electric and natural gas customers and all utility services provided by large telecommunications utilities.
(2) The energy or large telecommunications utility must provide written notice to the customer at least five business days before disconnecting service except when the disconnection is made:
(a) At the request of the customer; or
(b) When the facilities provided are unsafe creating an emergency endangering life or property under OAR 860-021-0315.
(3) The notice must be printed in bold face type and must state, in language that is as clear and simple as possible:
(a) The reasons for the proposed disconnection;
(b) The earliest date for disconnection;
(c) The amount to be paid to avoid disconnection of regulated services;
(d) An explanation of the Commission's complaint process and the Commission's toll-free number; and
(e) An explanation of the availability of an emergency medical certificate for local exchange residential telecommunications service customers under OAR 860-021-0510.
(4) The energy or large telecommunications utility may not send the notice before the due date for payment for the services billed.
(5) The energy or large telecommunications utility must serve the notice of disconnection in person or send it by first class mail, or electronically, to the last known addresses of the customer and the customer's designated representative. Service is complete on the date of personal delivery, electronic transmittal, or, if service is by U S Mail, on the day after the U S Postal Service postmark or the day after the date of postage metering.
(6) If a premises visit is required to complete disconnection, the energy or large telecommunications utility must make a good-faith effort to personally contact the customer or a resident at the service address to be disconnected. If the energy or large telecommunications utility's attempt to make personal contact fails, the utility must leave a notice in a conspicuous place at the premises informing the customer that service has been disconnected.
(7) In lieu of permanent disconnection, a large telecommunications utility may temporarily curtail service by preventing the transmission of incoming telephone messages and/or outgoing toll messages while continuing to let the customer make outgoing local messages. Temporary curtailment of service, as defined in this section, shall be permitted only upon five days' written notice as set forth in section (3) of this rule. The notice shall state that permanent disconnection will follow within ten days unless the customer makes full payment of any overdue amount or any other obligation.
(8) Except for telecommunications service provided by an office incapable of restricting toll service, a large telecommunications utility shall not disconnect or deny local exchange service for an applicant's or customer's failure to pay for services not under the local exchange utility's tariff or price list. A telecommunications utility may limit access to toll and special services using the "9XX" prefix or Numbering Plan Area (NPA) for the failure to pay for such services.
(9) A large telecommunications utility may not disconnect or deny local service to customers or applicants, who are eligible to receive OTAP, for failure to pay toll charges.
(10) A large telecommunications utility may request a limited waiver of the requirement of section (9) of this rule upon meeting all the following conditions:
(a) Showing the large telecommunications utility would incur substantial costs in complying with the requirement;
(b) Demonstrating the large telecommunications utility offers toll-blocking services to customers identified in section (9) of this rule; and
(c) Showing that telecommunications subscribership among low-income customers in its service area in Oregon is at least as high as the national subscribership level for low-income customers.


Or. Admin. R. 860-021-0505
PUC 6-1979, f. & ef. 10-6-79 (Order No. 79-680); PUC 5-1983, f. 5-31-83, ef. 6-1-83 (Order No. 83-284); Renumbered from 860-021-0105; PUC 3-1989, f. 2-6-89, cert. ef. 2-8-89 (Order No. 89-038); PUC 6-1989, f. & cert. ef. 5-22-89 (Order No. 89-662); PUC 16-1990, f. 9-28-90, cert. ef. 10-1-90 (Order No. 90-1105); PUC 13-1997, f. & cert. ef. 11-12-97; PUC 17-1997(Temp), f. 12-11-97, cert. ef. 1-1-98 thru 6-29-98; PUC 5-1998, f. & cert. ef. 3-13-98; PUC 4-1999, f. & cert. ef. 8-12-99; PUC 5-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-21-99 thru 3-18-00; PUC 14-1999, f. & cert. ef. 12-15-99; PUC 16-2001, f. cert. ef. 6-21-01; PUC 9-2009, f. & cert. ef. 8-25-09; PUC 10-2022, amend filed 09/30/2022, effective 9/30/2022

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 183, ORS 756, ORS 757, ORS 759 & OL 1987, Ch. 290

Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 756.040, ORS 757.750, ORS 757.755, ORS 757.060 & OL 1987, Ch. 290

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