20VAC5-423-10 - Definitions

20VAC5-423-10. Definitions

The words and terms defined in 20VAC5-400-180 A shall have application to this chapter. In addition, the following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Bankruptcy petition" is the document that initiates a bankruptcy case under Title 11 of the United States Code (11 USC § 101 et seq.) and refers to either Chapter 7 for liquidation or Chapter 11 for reorganization of the debtor. The term includes both voluntary and involuntary bankruptcy petitions.

"Certificate" is the authority granted by the commission to a telephone utility to operate in the state pursuant to § 56-265.4:4 of the Code of Virginia.

"Competitive local exchange carrier" or "CLEC" shall have the same meaning as "new entrant" as defined in accordance with the Rules Governing the Offering of Competitive Local Exchange Telephone Service (20VAC5-400-180 A).

"Discontinuance" is a permanent cessation of telephone operations by a CLEC to its customers or the termination of individual local exchange telecommunications service offerings to its customers.

"Grandfathered customers" means the continuation of service to current customers of a service or feature that has been obsoleted.

"Incumbent local exchange carrier" or "ILEC" shall have the same meaning as "incumbent local exchange telephone company" or "incumbent" as defined in accordance with the Rules Governing the Offering of Competitive Local Exchange Telephone Service (20VAC5-400-180 A).

"Obsolete a service" is the discontinuance of a service or feature to new customers.

"Partial discontinuance" is a permanent cessation or grandfathering of customers of local exchange telecommunications service or services on a geographic basis, by functional type (e.g., resale) or by class (e.g., residential) by a CLEC to its customers.

"Resale" occurs when a CLEC purchases telecommunications services on a wholesale basis from the ILEC and resells those services to its customers.

"Unbundled network element" or "UNE" includes the various physical and functional elements of an ILEC's network offered to CLECs on an unbundled basis as a requirement of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (47 USC § 251(c)(3)).

(Derived from Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 14, eff. March 6, 2002.)

Statutory Authority

§ 12.1-13 of the Code of Virginia.

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