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196.497(10) (10)Approval of agreements.
196.497(10)(a)(a) Submission. The commission shall submit any written agreement or modification to an agreement negotiated under sub. (8) (a) or (b), approved by the commission and approved by the federal department of energy or other federal agency to the speaker of the assembly and the president of the senate. The commission shall submit with the agreement or modification a written summary of the hearings held under sub. (8) (d).
196.497(10)(b) (b) Introduction of bill. Upon request of the commission, the speaker of the assembly or the president of the senate shall introduce a bill to approve the agreement or modification to an agreement. The bill is not subject to s. 16.47 (2).
196.497(10)(c) (c) Legislative action required. Within 120 days after the bill is introduced the appropriate committees in each house of the legislature shall authorize an extraordinary session of the legislature to commence within the 120 days and to extend until the legislature passes the bill or passes a joint resolution which disapproves of the agreement or modification and returns the agreement or modification to the commission for renegotiation. If the 120-day period extends beyond the date specified in s. 13.02 (1), the 120-day period is deemed to commence on the first day the succeeding legislature convenes, unless a bill or joint resolution is passed prior to that time.
196.497(10)(d) (d) Veto review. Within 10 days after the bill passes the legislature, the chief clerk of the house of origin shall refer the bill to the governor for executive action. If the governor vetoes the bill, the appropriate committees in each house of the legislature shall schedule a veto review session.
196.497(10)(e) (e) Approval. If the bill is enacted into law, the agreement or modification to the agreement is approved and shall take effect.
196.497(11) (11)Review of technical revisions.
196.497(11)(a)(a) Submission. The commission shall submit any technical revision to a written agreement negotiated under sub. (8) (g), approved by the commission and approved by the federal department of energy or other federal agency, to the presiding officer of each house of the legislature and to the governor.
196.497(11)(b) (b) Referral to standing committees. Each presiding officer shall refer the technical revision to one standing committee within 7 working days after the day on which the revision is received unless the revision is received on or after November 1 of an even-numbered year. If a revision is received on or after November 1 of an even-numbered year, each presiding officer shall refer the revision to one standing committee within 7 days after the first day of the next regular session of the legislature. Each presiding officer shall cause a statement to appear in the journal of the appropriate house that a technical revision to an agreement approved under sub. (6) is submitted for review.
196.497(11)(c) (c) Standing committee review. Either standing committee may object to the technical revision by taking action in executive session within 30 days after the revision is referred to the committee. If a standing committee objects to the revision, it shall submit a written notice of the objection to the presiding officer of that house of the legislature and the presiding officer shall cause the written notice of the objection to appear in the journal of the house.
196.497(11)(d) (d) Review by the governor. The governor may object to the technical revision by taking action within 30 days after the revision is received unless the revision is received on or after November 1 of an even-numbered year. If the revision is received on or after November 1 of an even-numbered year, the governor may object to the revision by taking action within 30 days after the first day of the next regular session of the legislature. If the governor objects to the revision, the governor shall submit a written notice of the objection to the presiding officer of each house of the legislature and each presiding officer shall cause the written notice of the objection to appear in the journal of each house.
196.497(11)(e) (e) Objection. A standing committee to which a revision is referred or the governor may object to a technical revision for any reason including a belief that the revision is so substantial that the revised agreement should be approved under sub. (10) rather than this subsection. If either standing committee to which a revision is referred or the governor objects to a technical revision within the 30-day review period, the revision may not take effect.
196.497(11)(f) (f) No objection. If neither standing committee nor the governor objects to a technical revision within the 30-day review period, the revision is considered approved and shall take effect.
196.497(11m) (11m)Review of final site selection and site plan.
196.497(11m)(a)(a) Review by the commission. If the federal department of energy selects a site in the state for construction of a repository for the long-term disposal of high-level radioactive or transuranic waste, the commission shall review the adequacy of the selected site and of the site plan prepared by the federal department of energy under sub. (9) (b) 12. The review shall include a full scientific review of the adequacy of the selected site and of the site plan. The commission shall utilize recognized experts in conducting its scientific review. The commission shall conduct more than one public hearing on the site plan and shall make available to the public arguments and evidence for and against the site plan. The commission shall provide 30 days' notice of the date and location of the public hearings. The commission shall solicit comments from appropriate state agencies, local units of government, regional planning commissions, American Indian tribal governing bodies, the general public and interested citizen groups on the adequacy of the selected site and the site plan. The commission shall make these comments available to the public.
196.497(11m)(b) (b) Recommendation to the legislature and the governor. After completing this review, the commission shall submit a recommendation to the speaker of the assembly, the president of the senate and the governor on whether the state should accept the site selected by the federal department of energy and the site plan. The reasons for which the commission may recommend that the legislature and the governor object to the site selection or the site plan, or both, include those specified in sub. (9) (c). The recommendation to the speaker of the assembly and the president of the senate shall be accompanied by a request for the introduction of a bill to approve the site selected and the site plan or by a request for the introduction of a bill to disapprove the site or the site plan or both.
196.497(11m)(c) (c) Introduction of legislation. Upon request of the commission, the speaker of the assembly or the president of the senate shall introduce a bill reflecting the recommendation of the commission on whether to approve or disapprove the site selected by the federal department of energy and the site plan. The bill is not subject to s. 16.47 (2).
196.497(11m)(d) (d) Legislative action required. Within 120 days after the legislation is introduced under par. (c), the appropriate committees in each house of the legislature shall authorize an extraordinary session of the legislature to commence within the 120 days and to extend until the legislature passes a bill which approves the site selected by the federal department of energy and the site plan or the legislature passes a bill which disapproves the site or the site plan or both. If the 120-day period extends beyond the date specified under s. 13.02 (1), the 120-day period is deemed to commence on the first day the succeeding legislature convenes, unless a bill is passed prior to that time.
196.497(11m)(e) (e) Veto review. Within 10 days after the bill passes the legislature, the chief clerk of the house of origin shall refer the bill to the governor for executive action. If the governor vetoes the bill, the appropriate committees in each house of the legislature shall schedule a veto review session.
196.497(11m)(f) (f) Transmittal of action by the legislature and the governor. After the legislature takes action under par. (d) and after the governor takes any action under par. (e), the chief clerk of the house of origin shall notify the commission of the action taken and the commission shall send a report to the president of the United States, the members of the U.S. senate, the members of the U.S. house of representatives, the federal department of energy and other appropriate federal agencies. The report shall contain a summary of the review undertaken by the commission in accordance with par. (a), the recommendation made by the commission under par. (b), the action of the legislature under par. (d) and any action of the governor under par. (e).
196.497(11s) (11s)Escrowing of certain payments to the federal government.
196.497(11s)(a)(a) If the commission determines that the federal department of energy is not meeting its obligations under contracts entered into under 42 USC 10222 with state agencies or with persons in this state, the commission, subject to par. (ab), shall direct the state agencies or persons to pay to the commission, instead of the federal department of energy the fees due under 42 USC 10222 for the period during which those contractual obligations are not met. The commission shall deposit any funds received under this paragraph in the nuclear waste escrow fund.
196.497(11s)(ab) (ab) The commission may only direct the state agencies or persons to make the payment to the commission under par. (a) if a federal court or the federal department of energy has authorized the commission to receive the payment of the fees due under 42 USC 10222.
196.497(11s)(b) (b) Upon a showing by the secretary of the federal department of energy that the federal department of energy is meeting its obligations under contracts entered into under 42 USC 10222, the commission shall pay to the secretary of the federal department of energy all funds contained in the nuclear waste escrow fund and shall cease accepting additional funds under par. (a).
196.497(12) (12)Implementation. The commission shall implement agreements, modifications and technical revisions approved under subs. (10) and (11). In implementing these agreements, modifications and revisions, the commission may solicit the views of appropriate state agencies, local units of government, regional planning commissions, American Indian tribal governing bodies, the general public and interested citizen groups.
196.497(13) (13)Funding. The commission shall attempt to finance all of its expenses under this section from moneys received from the federal department of energy and other federal agencies and from gifts and grants received from other persons.
196.497(14) (14)State agencies to cooperate. Other state agencies shall assist the commission in fulfilling its duties under this section to the fullest extent possible.
196.497 History History: 1981 c. 62; 1985 a. 29; 1989 a. 31 ss. 107m, 713e; Stats. 1989 s. 36.50; 1991 a. 25; 1995 a. 27, ss. 1779 to 1799; Stats. 196.497; 1999 a. 196.
196.497 Annotation Only the Radioactive Waste Review Board is authorized to negotiate agreements with the federal government regarding disposal of high-level nuclear waste. 80 Atty. Gen. 308.
196.499 196.499 Regulation of telecommunications carriers.
196.499(1)(1)Scope. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, a telecommunications carrier is not subject to regulation under this chapter, except under each of the following provisions:
196.499(1)(a) (a) A telecommunications carrier shall comply with the requirements of this section.
196.499(1)(b) (b) A telecommunications carrier shall be treated under ss. 196.209, 196.218 (8) and 196.219 as a telecommunications provider.
196.499(1)(c) (c) A telecommunications carrier shall be treated under s. 196.85 as a telecommunications utility.
196.499(1)(d) (d) A telecommunications carrier shall be treated under s. 196.858 as an interexchange telecommunications utility.
196.499(1)(e) (e) A telecommunications carrier may be assessed under s. 196.218 (3) as a telecommunications provider and shall respond, subject to the protection of the telecommunications carrier's competitive information, to all reasonable requests for information about its operations in this state from the commission necessary to administer the universal service fund. A telecommunications carrier may not be assessed in a manner that is inconsistent with this paragraph.
196.499(1)(f) (f) For purposes of enforcing s. 196.209, 196.218 (3) or (8), 196.219, 196.85, or 196.858, or for purposes of approving or enforcing an interconnection agreement to which a telecommunications carrier is a party, a telecommunications carrier shall be subject to ss. 196.02 (3), 196.32, 196.33, 196.39, 196.395, 196.40, 196.41, 196.43, 196.44 (3), and 196.48 and be treated as a party to the agreement under ss. 196.199 and 196.26, as a public utility under ss. 196.02 (5) and (6), 196.14, 196.24, 196.44 (2), 196.66, and 196.85 (1), and as a telecommunications provider under ss. 196.25 (3) and 196.65 (3).
196.499(2) (2)Tariffs. Every telecommunications carrier shall keep on file with the commission a tariff for each service, that contains all the rules, rates and classifications used by it in the provision of its telecommunications services, including limitations on liability unless the commission waives any requirement. A tariff shall be effective when filed or on a date indicated by the carrier. The telecommunications carrier shall provide notice of price increases by publication in newspapers or by any other reasonable means and may provide notice of price decreases or of tariffed promotional rates. Tariffs may be filed for services offered on an interim basis, for special promotions, for discounts, including discounts intended to maintain customer relations, or for individual contracts between carriers and customers. A telecommunications carrier shall charge rates in accordance with its tariff.
196.499(3) (3)Rates.
196.499(3)(a)(a) Except as provided in this subsection, a telecommunications carrier may not charge different rates for residential basic message telecommunications services, business basic message telecommunications services, or single-line wide-area telecommunications service on routes of similar distances within the state, unless otherwise authorized by the commission.
196.499(3)(am) (am) Paragraph (a) does not prohibit volume or term discounts, discounts in promotional offerings, differences in the rates for intralata and interlata services of similar distances, the provision of optional toll calling plans to selected exchanges or customers or the passing through of any state or local taxes in the specific geographic areas from which the taxes originate.
196.499(3)(b) (b) Notwithstanding any other provision in this chapter, a telecommunications carrier may furnish services to its employees, officers, agents or pensioners at no charge or at rates that are lower than its tariff rates.
196.499(3)(c) (c) A telecommunications carrier may contract to charge prices for services that are unique to a particular customer or group of customers if differences in the cost of providing a service or a service element justify a different price for a particular customer or group of customers or if market conditions require individual pricing.
196.499(4) (4)Abandonment of services. A telecommunications carrier shall provide written notice to the commission not less than 60 days before its abandonment of basic message telecommunications service to an exchange. The carrier shall also publish notice in a newspaper of general circulation within the exchange and provide any other notice required by the commission. A telecommunications carrier shall be subject to rules and procedures that the commission may establish for the continuance of basic message telecommunications service to an exchange if notice has been received that all providers of the service intend to abandon that service in the exchange. A rule or procedure may not regulate the price, terms or conditions of service other than as authorized in this section and may not discriminate in favor of or against any telecommunications provider.
196.499(5) (5)Complaints.
196.499(5)(a)(a) In this subsection, "complaint" means a complaint filed with the commission that any rate, toll, charge or schedule relating to the provision of telecommunications service violates sub. (2) or (3) (a).
196.499(5)(am) (am) In any complaint proceeding, the person initiating the complaint has the burden of proving a violation of sub. (2) or (3) (a).
196.499(5)(b) (b) If any business organization, body politic or 25 individuals file a complaint against a telecommunications carrier, the commission, with or without notice, may investigate the complaint as it considers necessary. The commission may not issue an order based on the investigation without allowing the telecommunications carrier an opportunity for a hearing.
196.499(5)(c)1.1. Before holding a hearing under this subsection, the commission shall notify the telecommunications carrier complained of that a complaint has been made, and no sooner than 10 days after the notice has been given the commission may set a time and place for a hearing.
196.499(5)(c)2. 2. The commission shall give the telecommunications carrier which is the subject of a complaint and the complainant at least 10 days' notice of the time and place of a hearing and the subject of the hearing. The commission may subpoena any witness at the request of the telecommunications carrier or complainant.
196.499(5)(c)3. 3. Notice under subds. 1. and 2. may be combined. The combined notice may not be given less than 10 days before a hearing.
196.499(5)(d) (d) If the commission finds by a preponderance of the evidence that existing rates, tolls, charges or schedules violate sub. (2) or (3) (a), the commission may issue its order requiring compliance with sub. (2) or (3) (a).
196.499(6) (6)Investigations and hearings.
196.499(6)(a)(a) If the commission believes that any rate or charge violates sub. (2) or (3) (a), the commission on its own motion summarily may investigate with or without notice.
196.499(6)(b) (b) If after an investigation under par. (a) the commission determines that sufficient grounds exist to warrant a hearing, the commission shall set a time and place for a hearing. The hearing shall be conducted as a hearing under sub. (5). Notice of the time and place for a hearing under this paragraph shall be given to the telecommunications carrier, and to any other interested person as the commission considers necessary.
196.499(7) (7)Petitions. A telecommunications carrier may file a petition for relief with the commission on any matter affecting the telecommunications carrier's product or service.
196.499(8) (8)Depositions. The commission or any party in any investigation or hearing may take the depositions of witnesses in the manner prescribed for civil actions. Any expense incurred by or authorized by the commission in taking a deposition may be charged to the appropriation under s. 20.155 (1) (g).
196.499(9) (9)Records and transcripts. Sections 196.34 and 196.36, as they apply to records and transcripts relating to public utility hearings, apply to records and transcripts relating to telecommunications carrier hearings.
196.499(11) (11)Review. Any order or determination of the commission may be reviewed under ch. 227.
196.499(12) (12)Enforcement.
196.499(12)(a)(a) The commission shall inquire into the neglect or violation of this section by telecommunications carriers, or by their officers, agents or employees or by persons operating telecommunications carriers, and shall enforce all laws relating to this section and report any violation to the attorney general.
196.499(12)(b) (b) Upon request of the commission, the attorney general or a district attorney may aid in any investigation, hearing or trial under this section and shall prosecute any proceeding for the enforcement of laws relating to telecommunications carriers.
196.499(12)(c) (c) A civil action to enforce this section shall be brought in the name of the state in the circuit court for Dane County or in the county that would be the proper place of trial under s. 801.50.
196.499(12)(d) (d) This section and rules and orders of the commission promulgated or adopted under this section may be enforced by an action to recover forfeitures, an action for injunction, an action to compel performance or by other appropriate actions.
196.499(13) (13)Crisis situations.
196.499(13)(a)(a) If a sheriff, a police chief or a law enforcement officer designated by a sheriff or police chief to respond in a crisis situation has probable cause to believe that a person is holding a hostage or is resisting apprehension through the use or threatened use of force, the sheriff, police chief or law enforcement officer may order a telecommunications carrier to interrupt or reroute telecommunications service to or from the suspected person for the duration of the crisis situation to prevent the person from communicating with anyone other than a person authorized by the sheriff, police chief or law enforcement officer.
196.499(13)(b) (b) A telecommunications carrier may not be held liable for any action that it takes under par. (a).
196.499(13m) (13m)Emergency services. A telecommunications carrier may not unreasonably refuse, restrict or delay access by any person to a telecommunications emergency service.
196.499(14) (14)Extension of facilities. Any telecommunications carrier may extend its facilities into or through any municipality for the furnishing of its services, subject to the reasonable regulation of the governing body of the municipality relative to the location of poles and wires and the preservation of the safe and convenient use of streets and alleys to the public. Upon a petition for relief made by a telecommunications carrier, the commission shall set a hearing and if it finds a contract, ordinance or resolution under this subsection to be unreasonable, the contract, ordinance or resolution shall be void.
196.499 Cross-reference Cross Reference: See also ch. PSC 130, Wis. adm. code.
196.499(15) (15)Certificates. A telecommunications carrier that is not authorized to provide intrastate telecommunications service on January 1, 1994, may not commence the construction of any plant, extension or facility, or provide intrastate telecommunications service directly or indirectly to the public, unless the telecommunications carrier obtains a certificate from the commission authorizing the telecommunications carrier to provide intrastate telecommunications. The commission may issue a certificate if the telecommunications carrier demonstrates that it possesses sufficient technical, financial and managerial resources to provide intrastate telecommunications services. A telecommunications carrier that is authorized to provide intrastate telecommunications service on January 1, 1994, is not required to be recertified under this subsection.
196.499(16) (16)Access service authorization. If a telecommunications utility with 150,000 or less access lines in use in this state is authorized in a geographic area to provide access service to the public or business access line and usage service within a local calling area, a telecommunications carrier may not offer in that same geographic area access service to the public or business access line and usage service within a local calling area without the authorization of the commission. The commission may authorize a telecommunications carrier to offer those services if, after notice and opportunity for hearing, the commission finds that public convenience and necessity require the offering of those services by the telecommunications carrier. The commission may not require a telecommunications carrier to meet a more stringent standard for authorization than the standard applied to any telecommunications provider seeking the same authority.
196.499(17) (17)Forfeitures.
196.499(17)(a)(a) A telecommunications carrier who violates a provision of this section or rule or order of the commission promulgated or adopted under this section may be required to forfeit not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for each violation. Each day of continued violation constitutes a separate offense.
196.499(17)(b) (b) A telecommunications carrier that knowingly and intentionally violates sub. (2) or (3) (a) may be required to forfeit not less than $100 nor more than $5,000 for each violation.
196.499 History History: 1993 a. 496; 1997 a. 27, 218; 2001 a. 105.
196.50 196.50 Competing public utilities; indeterminate permits, telecommunications.
196.50(1) (1)Certificate of necessity.
196.50(1)(a)(a) The commission may not grant any person a license, permit or franchise to own, operate, manage or control any plant or equipment for the production, transmission, delivery or furnishing of heat, light, water or power in the municipality, if there is in operation under an indeterminate permit a public utility engaged in similar service in the municipality, unless the person seeking the license, permit or franchise secures from the commission a declaration, after a public hearing of any interested party, that public convenience and necessity require the delivery of service by the applicant.
196.50(1)(b)1.1. In this paragraph, "local exchange service" includes access service, basic local exchange service and business access line and usage service within a local calling area.
196.50(1)(b)2. 2. Except as provided in s. 196.203 (3) (b) or 196.499 (16), the commission may not grant any person a certificate, license, permit or franchise to own, operate, manage or control any plant or equipment for the furnishing of local exchange service in a municipality, if there is in operation under an indeterminate permit a public utility engaged in similar service in the municipality under an indeterminate permit, unless any of the following conditions is met:
196.50(1)(b)2.a. a. The holder of the permit is a telecommunications utility with more than 150,000 access lines in use in this state.
196.50(1)(b)2.b. b. The holder of the permit is a telecommunications utility with 150,000 or less access lines in use in this state and that has consented to the applicant's provision of services.
196.50(1)(b)2.c. c. The holder of the permit is a telecommunications utility with 150,000 or less access lines in use in this state and that provides local exchange service within the geographic area in which the applicant provides local exchange service other than cross-boundary foreign exchange service, services offered in open territory or services offered inadvertently or by mutual agreement between the serving telecommunications utilities.
196.50(1)(b)2.d. d. The commission, after investigation and opportunity for hearing, finds that public convenience and necessity requires the delivery of service by the applicant, in which case the holder's obligation to be provider of last resort is eliminated.
196.50(1)(b)2.e. e. The holder of the permit and the applicant are both providers of cable television service, if the holder's provision of cable television service began after September 1, 1994. This subd. 2. e. does not apply if the holder's provision of cable television service is limited to the provision of satellite cable programming, as defined in s. 943.47 (1) (b).
196.50(1)(b)3. 3. If the commission authorizes a telecommunications carrier to provide access service to the public or business access line and usage service within a local calling area under s. 196.499 (16), the commission shall consider if or to what extent a telecommunications utility with 150,000 or less access lines in use in this state may be relieved of its obligation to be the provider of last resort. The commission shall consider the extent of competition in the relevant geographic area for the service, the revenues that have been or may be lost by the telecommunications utility, the ability of competing telecommunications providers to serve the existing or projected demand and any other factors that it considers to be relevant.
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