PSC 160.02(21)(c) (c) Eligible under any other federal low-income eligibility criteria.
PSC 160.02(22) (22) "Low-income eligible telecommunications carrier" or "low-income ETC" means a telecommunications provider that the commission has so designated under s. PSC 160.13 for participation only in the lifeline or link-up program, or both.
PSC 160.02(23) (23) "Non-profit group" means an organization described in s. 501 (c) (3) of the internal revenue code that is exempt from federal income tax under s. 501 (a) of the internal revenue code.
PSC 160.02(24) (24) "Nonrecurring charge" means the charge for those activities and materials necessary to connect network services to the customer's premises, up to and including the network interface device but not including customer premises wiring or customer premises equipment, and not including construction charges.
PSC 160.02(25) (25) "Pay-per-call service" has the meaning given in s. 196.208 (1) (a), Stats.
PSC 160.02(26) (26) "Provider" or "telecommunications provider" has the meaning given in s. 196.01 (8p), Stats.
PSC 160.02(27) (27) "Rural telephone company" has the meaning given in 47 USC 153 (37).
PSC 160.02(28) (28) "Two line hearing carryover" means the technique of using 3-way calling and 2 telephone lines, one for hearing and one for text, to connect a hearing caller who is speech impaired with another caller via the telecommunications relay service.
PSC 160.02(29) (29) "Two line voice carryover" means the technique of using 3-way calling and 2 telephone lines, one for voice and one for text, to connect a caller who is deaf or hard of hearing but can speak, with another caller via the telecommunications relay service.
PSC 160.02(30) (30) "Universal service" means a statewide rapid, efficient, communications network with adequate, economically placed facilities to ensure that a basic set of essential telecommunications services is available to all persons in this state within a reasonable time and at affordable prices.
PSC 160.02(31) (31) "Wireless provider" means a commercial mobile radio service provider as defined in s. 196.01 (2g).
PSC 160.02 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1996, No. 484, eff. 5-1-96; renum. (1) and (4) to be (1m) and (4m) and am. (4m) (a), renum. (9) to be (13), cr. (1g), (4g), (8) (g), (h), (9) to (12), am. (7), (8) (a), (e), Register, April, 2000, No. 532, eff. 5-1-00; correction in (8) (e) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register April 2007 No. 616; CR 13-068: renum. (1g), (1m), (2) to (1), (7), (8) and am. (8), cr. (2), renum. (3) to (10), cr. (3), (4), r. (4g), (4m), renum. (5), (6) to (17), (19) and am. (19), cr. (6), renum. (7) to (20) and am., r. (8), renum. (9) to (23), cr. (9), renum. (10), (11) to (24), (27), cr. (11), renum. (12) to (29) and am., cr. (12), renum. (13) to (30) and am., cr. (13) to (16), (18), (21), (22), (25), (26), (28), (31) Register January 2016 No. 721, eff. 2-1-16.
PSC 160.03 PSC 160.03 Essential telecommunications services.
PSC 160.03(1)(1) For purposes of this subsection:
PSC 160.03(1)(a) (a) " 911" means a service that permits a telecommunications user to use the three-digit code `911,' to access emergency services through a public safety answering point operated by a local government.
PSC 160.03(1)(b) (b) "Directory assistance" means a service that includes making available to customers, upon request, information contained in directory listings, such as customer address and telephone number.
PSC 160.03(1)(c) (c) "Dual tone multi-frequency" means a method of signaling that facilitates the transportation of signaling through the network, shortening call set-up time.
PSC 160.03 Note Note: This is commonly known as touch tone.
PSC 160.03(1)(d) (d) "Emergency services" includes services, such as 911 and enhanced 911, provided by local governments or other public safety organizations.
PSC 160.03(1)(e) (e) "Enhanced 911" means 911 service that includes the ability to provide automatic numbering information, which enables the public safety answering point to call back if the call is disconnected, and automatic location information, which permits emergency service providers to identify the geographic location of the calling party.
PSC 160.03(1)(f) (f) "Interexchange service" means the use of the loop, as well as that portion of the switch that is paid for by the end user, or the functional equivalent of these network elements in the case of a wireless provider, necessary to access an interexchange provider's network.
PSC 160.03(1)(g) (g) "Local usage" means an amount of exchange service, prescribed by the commission, provided free of charge to end users.
PSC 160.03(1)(h) (h) "Operator services" means any automatic or live assistance to a customer to arrange for billing or completion, or both, of a telephone call.
PSC 160.03(1)(i) (i) "Single-party service" means telecommunications service that permits users to have exclusive use of a landline subscriber loop or access line for each call placed, or, in the case of wireless providers, which use spectrum shared among users to provide service, a dedicated message path for the length of a user's particular transmission.
PSC 160.03(1)(j) (j) "Voice grade access" means a functionality that enables a user of telecommunications services to transmit voice communications, including signaling the network that the caller wishes to place a call, and to receive voice communications, including receiving a signal indicating there is an incoming call.
PSC 160.03 Note Note: The definitions in sub. (1) do not have any application. The Public Service Commission will remove sub. (1) in future rule-making.
PSC 160.03(1m) (1m) Each eligible telecommunications carrier shall make all essential telecommunications services available to all of its customers.
PSC 160.03(2) (2) "Essential telecommunications services" means the service or functionalities listed in 47 CFR 54.101.
PSC 160.03 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1996, No. 484, eff. 5-1-96; am. (2) (a) 7. to 10., and 14., r., (2) (c), renum. (2) (d) to be (2) (c), Register, April, 2000, No. 532, eff. 5-1-00; except (2) (a) 14. eff. 11-1-00; CR 13-068: renum. (1) to (1m) and am., cr. (1), r. and recr. (2) Register January 2016 No. 721, eff. 2-1-16.
PSC 160.04 PSC 160.04 Call limitation.
PSC 160.04(1)(1) Call limitation obligations.
PSC 160.04(1)(a)(a) Except as provided in pars. (b) and (c), every local exchange service provider in the state shall offer call limitation capability for each of the following:
PSC 160.04(1)(a)1. 1. Long distance toll calls.
PSC 160.04(1)(a)2. 2. Pay-per-call service.
PSC 160.04(1)(a)3. 3. Collect toll calls.
PSC 160.04(1)(a)4. 4. Toll calls charged to a telephone credit card associated with the telephone number for which call limitation has been requested.
PSC 160.04(1)(a)5. 5. Toll calls charged to a third telephone number for which call limitation has been requested.
PSC 160.04(1)(b) (b) Federal-only eligible telecommunications carriers are not required to offer any call limitation capabilities to customers who are not low income and need only offer blocking of outgoing toll calls to customers who are low income.
PSC 160.04(1)(c) (c) A local exchange service provider is not required to offer the blocking under par. (a) 1., 3.,4., or 5., to a customer that has service that does not include a fee for such calls that is in addition to the per month or per billing cycle price of service.
PSC 160.04(2) (2)Charges. A local exchange service provider may not impose a charge for the cost of blocking pay-per-call services the first time a customer requests such blocking.
PSC 160.04(3) (3)Emergency service. A local exchange service provider may not impose a call limitation that prevents a customer from reaching the emergency service numbers appropriate for the customer's location.
PSC 160.04(4) (4)Public notification and education. An eligible telecommunications carrier shall make reasonable efforts to inform its customers of the availability of and, where charge-free, eligibility requirements for, call limitation services. An eligible telecommunications carrier shall also make reasonable efforts to instruct customers requesting the service in the use of the service.
PSC 160.04 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1996, No. 484, eff. 5-1-96; am. (1), Register, April, 2000, No. 532, eff. 5-1-00; CR 13-068: r. and recr. (title), renum. (1) to (1) (a) (intro.) and am., cr. (1) (a) 1. to 5., (b), (c), r. and recr. (2) to (4), r. (5), (6) Register January 2016 No. 721, eff. 2-1-16; correction in (1) (c) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register January 2016 No. 721, eff. 2-1-16.
PSC 160.05 PSC 160.05 Universal service fund programs. Universal service fund monies may be used for fund administration; for informing the public of the existence, purpose, intent, and uses of the universal service fund; and for the following purposes:
PSC 160.05(1) (1) For the following programs as adopted by the commission under the appropriation in s. 20.155 (1) (q) and (3), Stats.:
PSC 160.05(1)(a) (a) Link-up assistance, as specified in s. PSC 160.061.
PSC 160.05(1)(b) (b) Lifeline assistance, as specified in s. PSC 160.062.
PSC 160.05(1)(c) (c) Telephone access service for the homeless, as specified in s. PSC 160.125 (1).
PSC 160.05(1)(d) (d) Telecommunications equipment purchase program (TEPP) vouchers, as specified in s. PSC 160.071 (1m).
PSC 160.05(1)(e) (e) Telecommunications customer assistance program, as specified in s. PSC 160.08.
PSC 160.05(1)(f) (f) High rate assistance credits, as specified in s. PSC 160.09.
PSC 160.05(1)(g) (g) Alternative universal service protection plans, as specified in s. PSC 160.092.
PSC 160.05(1)(k) (k) Funding for programs or projects approved under s. PSC 160.125 (2).
PSC 160.05(1)(m) (m) Outreach for low-income assistance programs, as specified in s. PSC 160.063.
PSC 160.05(1)(n) (n) Eligible telecommunications carriers designated by a process under s. PSC 160.13 (8) (c).
PSC 160.05(1)(p) (p) Second line for 2 line voice or hearing carryover, as specified in s. PSC 160.071 (6m).
PSC 160.05(1)(q) (q) Medical telecommunications equipment program, as specified in s. 196.218 (4u), Stats.
PSC 160.05(1)(s) (s) Directory assistance, operator assistance and custom calling service payments under s. PSC 160.071 (4) to (6).
PSC 160.05(1)(t) (t) Broadband expansion grants under s. 196.504, Stats.
PSC 160.05(1)(u) (u) Other programs consistent with the purposes identified in s. 196.218 (5) (a) 1., Stats., as they are approved by the commission on an interim basis.
PSC 160.05 Note Note: The text of s. 196.218 (5) (a) 1., Stats., appears in a note after s. PSC 160.125 (2) (a).
PSC 160.05(2) (2) For payments by the department of administration for telecommunications access support, as specified in s. 196.218 (5) (a) 5., Stats., under the appropriation in s. 20.505 (4) (s), (t), (tm), (tu), and (tw), Stats., and for payments under the appropriation in s. 20.865 (4) (u), Stats.
PSC 160.05(3) (3) For payments for telecommunications services provided to the campuses of the university of Wisconsin system, as specified in s. 196.218 (5) (a) 6., Stats.
PSC 160.05(5) (5) For payments by the department of public instruction to contract for periodical and reference information databases as specified in s. 115.28 (26), Stats., under the appropriation in s. 20.255 (3) (q), Stats.
PSC 160.05(6) (6) For payments by the department of public instruction for newsline for the blind, under the appropriation in s. 20.255 (3) (q), Stats.
PSC 160.05(7) (7) For payments by the department of public instruction for supplemental aid to public library systems as specified in s. 43.24, Stats., under the appropriation in s. 20.255 (3) (qm), Stats.
PSC 160.05(8) (8) For payments by the department of public instruction for library service contracts as specified in s. 43.03 (6) and (7), Stats., under the appropriation in s. 20.255 (3) (r), Stats.
PSC 160.05(9) (9) For grants from the department of administration for training teachers to use educational technology under s. 16.996, Stats.
PSC 160.05(10) (10) For payments by the department of public instruction to provide funding for online courses made available under s. 115.28 (53), Stats.
PSC 160.05(11) (11) For payments by the department of public instruction to provide funding for the delivery of digital content and collaborative instruction under s. 115.28 (54), Stats.
PSC 160.05(12) (12) For other payments authorized by statute. 
PSC 160.05 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1996, No. 484, eff. 5-1-96; emerg. am. (intro.), renum. (1) to (10) to be (1) (a) to (j), cr. (2) to (4), eff. 2-27-98; am. (intro.), renum. (1) to (10) to be (1) (a) to (j), cr. (2) to (4), Register, October, 1998, No. 514, eff. 11-1-98; am. (intro.), (1) (c), (d), (i) and (2), cr. (1) (k) to (s) and (5), Register, April, 2000, No. 532, eff. 5-1-00; corrections in (2) and (4) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register April 2007 No. 616; correction in (1) (s) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register February 2013 No. 686; CR 13-068: am. (intro.), (1) (intro.), (a), (c), (d), r. (1) (h) to (j), (L), am. (1) (n), r. (1) (o), am. (1) (p), r. (1) (r), renum. (1) (s) to (u), cr. (1) (s), (t), am. (2), (3), r. (4), cr. (6) to (12) Register January 2016 No. 721, eff. 2-1-16; correction in (1) (intro.) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register January 2016 No. 721, eff. 2-1-16.
PSC 160.06 PSC 160.06 Eligibility for low-income programs.
PSC 160.06(1)(1) Low-income assistance eligibility.
PSC 160.06(1)(a)(a) All ETCs shall verify an applicant's eligibility for low-income assistance programs by making timely queries of the applicable databases of the Wisconsin department of health services, the Wisconsin department of revenue, or other government agencies designated by the commission. An ETC shall verify an applicant's eligibility by finding the applicant to be any of the following:
PSC 160.06(1)(a)1. 1. An active client of at least one of the programs listed in s. PSC 160.02 (21) (a).
PSC 160.06(1)(a)2. 2. A member of the active client's household whose low income qualifies the client for benefits under at least one of the programs listed in s. PSC 160.02 (21) (a).
PSC 160.06(1)(a)3. 3. At an income level that meets the conditions in s. PSC 160.02 (21) (b).
PSC 160.06(1)(a)4. 4. At an income level that meets the conditions of any other federal low-income eligibility criteria.
PSC 160.06(1)(b) (b) Notwithstanding par. (a), an eligible telecommunications carrier shall verify an applicant as eligible for low-income assistance programs if the applicant qualifies for federal universal service fund support for eligible residents of tribal lands under 47 CFR 54.400 et seq.
PSC 160.06(1)(c) (c) If an eligible telecommunications carrier cannot verify an applicant's eligibility under par. (a) or (b), in addition to the households considered low-income under the definition in s. PSC 160.02 (21), the ETC shall consider a household that receives benefits from federal public housing assistance (section 8) to be low-income.
PSC 160.06(2) (2)Eligibility reverification. An eligible telecommunications carrier shall reverify eligibility on at least an annual basis for all customers receiving lifeline assistance. The eligible telecommunications carrier shall first attempt to reverify eligibility by making timely queries of the applicable databases of the Wisconsin department of health services, the Wisconsin department of revenue, or other government agencies designated by the commission.
PSC 160.06(3) (3)Eligibility inquiry. Eligible telecommunications carriers other than federal-only ETCs shall inquire of each customer regarding eligibility of that customer for low-income programs on each order for initial or moved residential service and, orally or in writing, in the first contact with the customer during a year concerning disconnection or payment arrangements.
PSC 160.06(4) (4)Query authorization.
PSC 160.06(4)(a)(a) Customers shall complete and remit any reasonably required query authorization forms or forfeit eligibility.
PSC 160.06(4)(b) (b) Eligible telecommunications carriers shall obtain whatever customer authorization is required by the Wisconsin department of health services, the Wisconsin department of revenue, or other government agencies for the database queries necessary for eligibility verification. The commission may revoke the eligible telecommunications carrier designation and order the forfeiture of reimbursements if it accesses a customer's database information without that customer's authorization. The commission may also refer the eligible telecommunications carrier to the Wisconsin department of justice or other state agency for appropriate action.
PSC 160.06(5) (5)Applicant requirements. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, an applicant is only eligible for low-income assistance programs under this chapter if the applicant provides all of the information required under state and federal law.
PSC 160.06 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1996, No. 484, eff. 5-1-96; renum. (1) to be (1) (intro.) and am. (1) (intro.), renum. (5) (a) to be (5), cr. (1) (a) to (c), am. (3) and (4), r. (5) (b), Register, April, 2000, No. 532, eff. 5-1-00; CR 13-068: renum. (1) to (1) (a) and am. (a) (intro.), 1., 2., r. (1) (a) 3., cr. (1) (a) 3., 4., (b), (c), am. (2), (3), renum. (4) to (4) (b) and am., cr. (4) (a), r. and recr. (5) Register January 2016 No. 721, eff. 2-1-16.
PSC 160.061 PSC 160.061 Link-up program. The commission may fund programs to identify and provide monetary assistance to low-income persons who are unlikely to be able to obtain telecommunications service without such assistance. Such programs may include customers who qualify for federal universal service fund support for eligible residents of tribal lands under 47 CFR 54.400 et seq.
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