Avoidance of duplication in electric facilities.
Distributed generation facilities.
State policy regarding the long-term disposal of high-level radioactive waste and transuranic waste.
Regulation of telecommunications carriers.
Competing public utilities; indeterminate permits; telecommunications utility certification.
Telecommunications provider of last-resort obligations.
Construction of chapter.
Prior permits and franchises validated.
Relations with affiliated interests; definition; contracts with affiliates filed and subject to commission control.
Loans to officers or directors and loans to and investments in securities of holding companies; penalty.
Franchise, foreign corporation not to have.
Municipality to regulate utilities; appeal.
Merchandising by utilities.
Utility advertising practices.
Discrimination prohibited; penalty.
Rebates, concessions and discriminations unlawful.
Telecommunications cooperatives with federal loans.
Facilities in exchange for compensation prohibited.
Discrimination by telecommunications utilities.
Telecommunications interruption in crisis situation.
Unbilled utility service.
Public utilities, liability for treble damages.
Customer liability for treble damages.
Owner responsibility for service to rental dwelling unit.
Penalties relating to information and records.
General forfeiture provisions.
Unlawful combinations, trusts.
Unlawful for carriers and public utilities to employ assistant district attorneys or judicial officers.
Municipal officers, malfeasance.
Interference with commission's equipment.
Temporary alteration or suspension of rates.
Municipal public utility contracts.
Accidents; public utility report; investigation.
Electric lines; safety and interference.
Construction and operation; safety; commission orders.
Other rights of action; penalties cumulative.
Reorganization subject to commission approval.
Public utility holding companies.
Real estate activities.
Consolidation or merger of utilities.
Energy affiliate and utility employees.
Abandonment; commission approval required.
Commission's holding company and nonutility affiliate regulation costs.
Payment of commission's expenditures.
Assessment of costs against municipalities.
Stray voltage program.
Assessment for telephone relay service.
Assessment for telecommunications utility trade practices.
Assessments for air quality improvement program.
Acquisition of existing dams.
Procedure for acquiring dams.
Local access and transport area boundaries.
Ch. 196 Cross-reference
See also PSC
, Wis. adm. code.
As used in this chapter and ch. 197
, unless the context requires otherwise:
"Access service" means the provision of switched or dedicated access to a local exchange network for the purpose of enabling a telecommunications provider to originate or terminate telecommunications service. "Access service" includes unbundled local service provided to telecommunications providers.
"Alternative telecommunications utility" means any of the following:
Cable television telecommunications service providers.
Any other telecommunications provider if the commission finds that the service offered by the telecommunications provider is available from other telecommunications providers within this state directly or indirectly to the public.
"Basic local exchange service" means the provision to residential customers of an access facility, whether by wire, cable, fiber optics or radio, and essential usage within a local calling area for the transmission of high-quality 2-way interactive switched voice or data communication. "Basic local exchange service" includes extended community calling and extended area service. "Basic local exchange service" does not include additional access facilities or any discretionary or optional services that may be provided to a residential customer. "Basic local exchange service" does not include cable service or services provided by a commercial mobile radio service provider.
"Basic message telecommunications service" means long distance toll service as provided on January 1, 1994, on a direct-dialed, single-message, dial-1 basis between local exchanges in this state at tariff rates. "Basic message telecommunications service" does not include any wide-area telecommunications service, 800-prefix service, volume, dedicated, discounted or other interoffice services or individually negotiated contracts for telecommunications service.
"Broadcast service" means the one-way transmission to the public of video or audio programming regulated under 47 USC 301
that is provided by a broadcast station, as defined in 47 USC 153
(dd), including any interaction with a recipient of the programming as part of the video or audio programming offered to the public.
"Cable television telecommunications service provider" means a person who provides one or more telecommunications services but who, during the previous taxable year, received at least 90% of his or her gross income in the particular television franchise area in which telecommunication services are provided from the operation of a cable television system subject in whole or in part to 47 USC 521
"Commercial mobile radio service provider" means a telecommunications provider that is authorized by the federal communications commission to provide commercial mobile service.
"Commission" means the public service commission.
"Indeterminate permit" means any grant, directly or indirectly, from the state to any public utility of power, right or privilege to own, operate, manage or control any plant or equipment or any part of a plant or equipment within this state for the production, transmission, delivery or furnishing of any public utility service.
"Interconnected voice over Internet protocol service" has the meaning given in 47 CFR 9.3
"Interconnection agreement" means an interconnection agreement that is subject to approval by the commission under 47 USC 252
"Interlata" means between local access and transport areas.
"Intralata" means within the boundaries of a local access and transport area.
"Municipality" means any town, village or city wherein property of a public utility or any part thereof is located.
"Pay telephone service provider" means a person who owns or leases a pay telephone located on property owned or leased by that person and who otherwise does not offer any telecommunications service directly or indirectly to the public.
"Public utility" means, except as provided in par. (b)
, every corporation, company, individual, association, their lessees, trustees or receivers appointed by any court, and every sanitary district, town, village or city that may own, operate, manage or control any toll bridge or all or any part of a plant or equipment, within the state, for the production, transmission, delivery or furnishing of heat, light, water or power either directly or indirectly to or for the public. "Public utility" includes all of the following:
Any person engaged in the transmission or delivery of natural gas for compensation within this state by means of pipes or mains and any person, except a governmental unit, who furnishes services by means of a sewerage system either directly or indirectly to or for the public.
"Public utility" does not include any of the following:
A cooperative association organized under ch. 185
for the purpose of producing or furnishing heat, light, power or water to its members only.
A holding company, as defined in s. 196.795 (1) (h)
, unless the holding company furnishes, directly to the public, telecommunications or sewer service, heat, light, water or power or, by means of pipes or mains, natural gas.