2001 - 2002 LEGISLATURE
February 18, 2002 - Introduced by Representatives Richards, Bock, J. Lehman,
Kreuser, Sinicki, Lassa, Miller, Turner, Berceau and Ryba, cosponsored by
Senators Jauch, Schultz, Harsdorf and Huelsman. Referred to Joint
Committee on Information Policy and Technology.
1An Act to amend
100.207 (3) (a), 100.207 (5), 100.207 (6) (b) 1., 100.207 (6) (c) 2
and 100.207 (6) (em) 1.; and to create
100.207 (3) (d), 100.207 (3m), 100.207 (6) 3
(g) and 100.207 (7) of the statutes; relating to: prohibited actions by
4telecommunications providers, administration and enforcement of the federal
5communications commission unauthorized carrier charge rules and remedies,
6and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current state law prohibits persons who provide telecommunications services
from engaging in certain sales practices such as charging a customer for
telecommunications services provided after the customer has cancelled those
services. The law also prohibits a person who provides telecommunications services
from engaging in advertising practices concerning those services that are false,
misleading, or deceptive. In addition, the law requires that if a person orders
telecommunications services as the result of an oral solicitation, the provider of the
telecommunications services must provide independent confirmation of the order.
This bill provides that a person may request a telecommunications service
orally, in writing, or by electronic means but specifies that a telecommunications
provider may not provide services to a person who orders the service by any electronic
means that simultaneously activates the service.
The bill also imposes additional requirements on persons who provide
telecommunications services. The bill prohibits a person from enrolling a customer
in any telecommunications service in which the customer did not affirmatively
request to be enrolled. The bill specifies that a request to be enrolled in a particular
telecommunications service is an affirmative request to be enrolled only in that
particular service. The bill also prohibits the practice known as "slamming." A
person engages in slamming by making a change in a customer's selection of a
provider of telecommunications services even though the customer did not
affirmatively request that such a change be made.
In addition to the slamming prohibitions created under this bill, federal law
also prohibits slamming. This prohibition against slamming under federal law is
regulated by the federal communications commission (FCC). Under rules
promulgated by the FCC, any state may notify the FCC that it intends to administer
the FCC rules prohibiting slamming including the remedies and penalties specified
under those rules. This bill directs the department of agriculture, trade and
consumer protection (DATCP) to notify the FCC of its intention to administer the
FCC rules. It also requires DATCP to promulgate rules that are consistent with the
FCC regulations rules.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB818, s. 1
100.207 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) A person may not engage in negative option billing or negative 3
enrollment of telecommunications services, including unbundled 4
telecommunications services. A person may not bill a customer for
, or enroll a
any telecommunications service that the customer did not affirmatively 6
order unless that service is required to be provided by law, the federal 7
or the public service commission. A customer's failure 8
to refuse a person's proposal to provide a telecommunications service is not an 9
affirmative request for that telecommunications service. A customer's request to be
10enrolled in a particular telecommunications service is an affirmative request to be
11enrolled only in that particular telecommunications service.
AB818, s. 2
100.207 (3) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
(d) A person may not make a change in a customer's selection of a 2
telecommunications service provider unless the customer affirmatively requests 3
that the person take such action.
AB818, s. 3
100.207 (3m) of the statutes is created to read:
100.207 (3m) Requests for service.
(a) A customer may affirmatively request 6
a telecommunications service orally, in writing, or by electronic means.
(b) Notwithstanding par. (a), a person may not provide a telecommunications 8
service to a customer who orders the service by an electronic means that 9
simultaneously activates that service.
AB818, s. 4
100.207 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
100.207 (5) Territorial application.
Subsections (2) to (4) apply This
to any practice directed to any person in this state.
AB818, s. 5
100.207 (6) (b) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) 1. The department of justice, after consulting with the 15
department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, or any district attorney 16
upon informing the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, may 17
commence an action in circuit court in the name of the state to restrain by temporary 18
or permanent injunction any violation of this section. Injunctive relief may include 19
an order directing telecommunications providers, as defined in s. 196.01 (8p), to 20
discontinue telecommunications service provided to a person violating this section 21
or ch. 196. Temporary injunctive relief may include an order requiring that a person
22who provides telecommunications services deposit in an escrow account any
23payments that the provider has received or is expected to receive from customers as
24a result of practices that may violate this section or ch. 196.
Before entry of final 25
judgment, the court may make such orders or judgments as may be necessary to
restore to any person any pecuniary loss suffered because of the acts or practices 2
involved in the action if proof of these acts or practices is submitted to the satisfaction 3
of the court.
AB818, s. 6
100.207 (6) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) Any person who violates subs. (2) to (4) this section
shall be 6
required to forfeit not less than $25 nor more than $5,000 $10,000
for each offense. 7Each day of violation constitutes a separate offense.
Forfeitures under this 8
paragraph shall be enforced by the department of justice, after consulting with the 9
department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, or, upon informing the 10
department, by the district attorney of the county where the violation occurs.
AB818, s. 7
100.207 (6) (em) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
(em) 1. Before preparing any proposed rule under this section par.
, the department shall form an advisory group to suggest recommendations 14
regarding the content and scope of the proposed rule. The advisory group shall 15
consist of one or more persons who may be affected by the proposed rule, a 16
representative from the department of justice,
and a representative from the public 17
AB818, s. 8
100.207 (6) (g) of the statutes is created to read:
(g) Nothing in this subsection precludes the department from 20
seeking a remedy or penalty in accordance with the rules promulgated under sub. 21
(7). Practices in violation of sub. (3) may also constitute a violation of the rules 22
promulgated under sub. (7).
AB818, s. 9
100.207 (7) of the statutes is created to read:
100.207 (7) Administration of federal communications commission rules. 25
The department shall administer and enforce the federal communications
commission's unauthorized carrier change rules and remedies under 47 CFR 64.1110 2
and shall notify the federal communications commission, in accordance 3
with 47 CFR 64.1110
(a), of its intention to administer and enforce those rules and 4
remedies. In addition to the rules promulgated under sub. (6) (e), the department 5
shall promulgate rules that are consistent with the commission's unauthorized 6
carrier change rules and remedies under 47 CFR 64.1110
(1) This act first applies to changes in telecommunications services made on the 9
effective date of this subsection.
(1) This act takes effect on the first day of the 10th month beginning after 12