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January 2011 Special Session Date of enactment: May 24, 2011
Senate Bill 13 Date of publication*: June 8, 2011
* Section 991.11, Wisconsin Statutes 2009-10 : Effective date of acts. "Every act and every portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto which does not expressly prescribe the time when it takes effect shall take effect on the day after its date of publication as designated" by the secretary of state [the date of publication may not be more than 10 working days after the date of enactment].
2011 WISCONSIN ACT 22
An Act to repeal 196.09 (9), 196.19 (1m), 196.19 (5), 196.194 (title), 196.194 (1), 196.196, 196.198 (2) (b), 196.20 (1m), 196.20 (2) (am), 196.20 (2r), 196.20 (3), 196.20 (5), 196.20 (6), 196.203 (3) (b), 196.203 (3) (c), 196.203 (3) (d), 196.203 (3) (dm), 196.203 (3) (e), 196.203 (4), 196.204 (1), 196.204 (2), 196.204 (3), 196.204 (4), 196.204 (5) (b), 196.204 (6), 196.205 (2), 196.213, 196.215, 196.218 (5) (a) 2., 196.219 (2m), 196.219 (3) (h), 196.26 (4), 196.49 (1) (ag), 196.49 (3) (d), 196.50 (1) (b) 1. and 2., 196.50 (2) (g) 3., 196.50 (2) (h), 196.52 (5) (b), 196.60 (2), 196.77, 196.79 (2), 196.805 and 201.15; to renumber 196.50 (1) (b) 3. and 196.52 (5) (a); to renumber and amend 196.04 (1) (a) 1., 196.194 (2), 196.198 (2) (a), 196.203 (1), 196.203 (2), 196.203 (3) (a), 196.204 (5) (ag), 196.204 (5) (ar), 196.205 (1m) (intro.), 196.205 (1m) (a), 196.205 (1m) (c), 196.79 (1) and 196.975 (1); to amend 20.155 (1) (q), 93.01 (1m), 133.07 (2), 196.01 (9m), 196.02 (2), 196.04 (1) (b) 1., 196.04 (2), 196.09 (1), 196.11 (2), 196.13 (2), 196.198 (3) (intro.), 196.198 (3) (a), 196.198 (3) (b) (intro.), 196.20 (1), 196.20 (2) (a) (intro.), 196.20 (2m), 196.202 (2), 196.203 (5), 196.218 (1) (c), 196.218 (3) (a) 3m., 196.218 (3) (f), 196.218 (5) (b), 196.218 (5) (c) 5., 196.218 (5r) (a) 1., 196.218 (5r) (a) 4., 196.219 (1) (b), 196.219 (2) (a), 196.25 (1), 196.25 (2), 196.25 (3), 196.26 (1) (a), 196.28 (4), 196.31 (1m), 196.37 (3), 196.37 (4), 196.49 (3) (b) (intro.), 196.50 (title), 196.50 (2) (b), 196.50 (2) (e) 1., 196.50 (2) (f), 196.52 (3) (b) 1., 196.52 (3) (c) (intro.), 196.52 (6), 196.52 (9) (e), 196.60 (1) (a), 196.604, 196.81 (3), 196.975 (2), 201.01 (2) and 943.45 (1) (intro.); to repeal and recreate 196.195, 196.204 (title) and 196.218 (4); and to create 182.017 (1g) (cq), 196.01 (1d) (g), 196.01 (2s), 196.01 (3a), 196.01 (8d), 196.01 (8e), 196.01 (12w), 196.016, 196.04 (1) (a) 3., 196.191, 196.203 (1d), 196.203 (1g) (b), 196.203 (2) (b), 196.203 (2) (c), 196.203 (2) (d), 196.203 (4m), 196.205 (1) (c), 196.205 (2m) (b), 196.206, 196.212, 196.218 (1) (a), 196.219 (2r), 196.50 (2) (i), 196.50 (2) (j), 196.503 and 196.975 (1g) of the statutes; relating to: regulation of telecommunications utilities and alternative telecommunications utilities; telecommunications provider of last-resort obligations; telecommunications intrastate switched access rates; interconnected voice over Internet protocol service; and use of transmission equipment and property by video service providers.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
22,1 Section 1. 20.155 (1) (q) of the statutes is amended to read:
20.155 (1) (q) Universal telecommunications service. From the universal service fund, the amounts in the schedule for the promotion of universal telecommunications service for the purposes specified in s. 196.218 (5) (a) 1. to, 4., 8. and 9.
22,2 Section 2. 93.01 (1m) of the statutes is amended to read:
93.01 (1m) "Business" includes any business, except that of banks, savings banks, credit unions, savings and loan associations, and insurance companies. "Business" includes public utilities and telecommunications carriers to the extent that their activities, beyond registration, notice, and reporting activities, are not regulated by the public service commission and includes public utility and telecommunications carrier methods of competition or trade and advertising practices that are exempt from regulation by the public service commission under s. 196.195, 196.196, 196.202, 196.203, 196.206, 196.219, or 196.499, or 196.50 (2) (i) or by other action of the commission.
22,3 Section 3. 133.07 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
133.07 (2) This chapter does not prohibit activities of any public utility, as defined in s. 196.01 (5), or telecommunications carrier, as defined in s. 196.01 (8m), which are required by ch. 196 or rules or orders under ch. 196, activities necessary to comply with that chapter or those rules or orders or activities that are actively supervised by the public service commission. This subsection does not apply to activities of a public utility or telecommunications carrier that are exempt from public service commission regulation under s. 196.195, 196.196, 196.202, 196.203, 196.206, 196.219 or, 196.499, or 196.50 (2) (i) or by other action by the commission.
22,4 Section 4. 182.017 (1g) (cq) of the statutes is created to read:
182.017 (1g) (cq) "Telecommunications service" means the offering for sale of the conveyance of voice, data, or other information, including the sale of service for collection, storage, forwarding, switching, and delivery incidental to such communication regardless of the technology or mode used to make such offering.
22,5 Section 5. 196.01 (1d) (g) of the statutes is created to read:
196.01 (1d) (g) A telecommunications utility certified under s. 196.203 pursuant to s. 196.50 (2) (j) 1. a.
22,6 Section 6. 196.01 (2s) of the statutes is created to read:
196.01 (2s) "Incumbent local exchange carrier" has the meaning given in 47 USC 251 (h).
22,7 Section 7. 196.01 (3a) of the statutes is created to read:
196.01 (3a) "Interconnected voice over Internet protocol service" has the meaning given in 47 CFR 9.3.
22,8 Section 8. 196.01 (8d) of the statutes is created to read:
196.01 (8d) "Switched access rates" means the rates, rate elements, and rate structure, including all applicable fixed and traffic sensitive charges, that a telecommunications provider charges for the provision of switched access services.
22,9 Section 9. 196.01 (8e) of the statutes is created to read:
196.01 (8e) "Switched access service" means the offering of switched access to a local exchange network for the purpose of enabling an entity to originate or terminate telecommunications service within the local exchange.
22,10 Section 10. 196.01 (9m) of the statutes is amended to read:
196.01 (9m) "Telecommunications service" means the offering for sale of the conveyance of voice, data or other information at any frequency over any part of the electromagnetic spectrum communication, including the sale of service for collection, storage, forwarding, switching, and delivery incidental to such communication and including the regulated sale of customer premises equipment, regardless of the technology or mode used to make such offering. "Telecommunications service" includes switched access service. "Telecommunications service" does not include cable service or broadcast service.
22,11 Section 11. 196.01 (12w) of the statutes is created to read:
196.01 (12w) (a) "Wholesale telecommunications service" means, except as provided in par. (b), a service that satisfies all of the following:
1. The service is provided by a telecommunications provider to another telecommunications provider other than an affiliate, as defined in s. 196.212 (1) (a).
2. The service is subject to regulation by the commission under this chapter.
3. The service is subsequently used in the provision of a telecommunications service to retail end users.
(b) "Wholesale telecommunications service" does not include switched access service.
22,12 Section 12. 196.016 of the statutes is created to read:
196.016 Relationship to certain federal telecommunications law. Except as provided in s. 196.50 (2) (j) 2. and 3., nothing in this chapter is intended to either reduce or expand the scope and application of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, P.L. 104-104, including the jurisdiction and authority granted to the commission thereunder, and the commission may take any action that the commission is authorized to take under that federal act.
22,13 Section 13. 196.02 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
196.02 (2) Definition; classification. In this subsection, "public utility" does not include a telecommunications cooperative, an unincorporated telecommunications cooperative association, or a small telecommunications utility except as provided under s. 196.205 or 196.215 (2) and does not include an alternative telecommunications utility. The commission shall provide for a comprehensive classification of service for each public utility. The classification may take into account the quantity used, the time when used, the purpose for which used, and any other reasonable consideration. Each public utility shall conform its schedules of rates, tolls and charges to such classification.
22,14 Section 14. 196.04 (1) (a) 1. of the statutes is renumbered 196.04 (1) (a) 4. and amended to read:
196.04 (1) (a) 4. "Transmission equipment and property" means any conduit, subway, pole, tower, transmission wire, or other equipment on, over, or under any right-of-way owned or controlled by a political subdivision, street, or highway.
22,15 Section 15. 196.04 (1) (a) 3. of the statutes is created to read:
196.04 (1) (a) 3. "Political subdivision" means any county, city, village, or town or public utility owned or operated by any county, city, village, or town.
22,16 Section 16. 196.04 (1) (b) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
196.04 (1) (b) 1. Any person who owns transmission equipment and property shall permit, for reasonable compensation, the use of the transmission equipment and property, including an attachment to a pole, by any public utility, video service provider, or telecommunications provider if public convenience and necessity require such use and if the use will not result in irreparable injury to any owner or user of the transmission equipment and property or in any substantial detriment to the service to be rendered by the owner or user.
22,17 Section 17. 196.04 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
196.04 (2) If there is a failure to agree upon the use of transmission equipment and property under sub. (1) or the conditions or compensation for the use, or if there is a failure to agree upon the physical connections or the terms and conditions upon which the physical connections shall be made, any public utility, any video service provider, telecommunications provider, or any other interested person interested may apply to the commission. If, after investigation, the commission determines that public convenience and necessity require the use of the transmission equipment and property or the physical connections and that the use or physical connections will not result in irreparable injury to the owner or other users of the transmission equipment and property or of the facilities of the public utility, video service provider, or telecommunications provider or in any substantial detriment to the service to be rendered by the owner or the public utility, video service provider, telecommunications provider, or other users of the transmission equipment and property or facilities, the commission, by order, shall direct that the use of the transmission equipment and property be permitted and that the physical connections be made. The commission shall prescribe reasonable conditions and compensation for the use of the transmission equipment and property and shall determine how and within what time the physical connections shall be made and by whom the expense of making and maintaining the physical connections shall be paid. An order under this subsection may be revised by the commission.
22,18 Section 18. 196.09 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
196.09 (1) In this section, "public utility" does not include a telecommunications cooperative or an unincorporated telecommunications cooperative association except as provided under s. 196.205. In subs. (2) to (7), "public utility" does not include a telecommunications utility. Subsection (9) only applies to a telecommunications utility. Every public utility shall file with the commission, within such time as may be required by the commission, its estimate of the annual rate of depreciation required for each of its classes of fixed capital used for public utility purposes, and of the composite annual rate of depreciation required for such fixed capital as an aggregate, which shall constitute the public utility's estimates of the amount which should be returned to it out of its rates for service, to meet the depreciation of its property.
22,19 Section 19. 196.09 (9) of the statutes is repealed.
22,20 Section 20. 196.11 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
196.11 (2) Any arrangement under this section shall be under the supervision and regulation of the commission. The commission may order any rate, charge or regulation which the commission deems necessary to give effect to the arrangement. The commission may make any change in a rate, charge or regulation as the commission determines is necessary and reasonable and may revoke its approval and amend or rescind all orders relative to any arrangement. This subsection does not apply to telecommunications cooperatives, unincorporated telecommunications cooperative associations, or telecommunications utilities except as provided in s. 196.205.
22,21 Section 21. 196.13 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
196.13 (2) The commission shall publish in its reports the value of all the property actually used and useful for the convenience of the public of a public utility, other than a telecommunications utility, if the commission has held a hearing on the public utility's rates, charges, service or regulations or if the commission has otherwise determined the value of the public utility's property.
22,22 Section 22. 196.19 (1m) of the statutes is repealed.
22,23 Section 23. 196.19 (5) of the statutes is repealed.
22,24 Section 24. 196.191 of the statutes is created to read:
196.191 Telecommunications utility and alternative telecommunications utility tariffs. (1) No later than the 90th day beginning after the effective date of this subsection .... [LRB inserts date], any telecommunications utility or alternative telecommunications utility that provides intrastate switched access service within this state shall at all times have on file with the commission a tariff showing all rates, tolls, and charges that it has established and that are in force for such intrastate switched access service. The absence of such a tariff before the 90th day beginning after the effective date of this subsection .... [LRB inserts date], shall not prohibit a telecommunications utility or alternative telecommunications utility from charging intrastate switched access rates for any intrastate switched access service that it provides, or limit or excuse any entity from its obligation to pay intrastate switched access rates, provided that such intrastate switched access rates comply with the requirements of ss. 196.212 and 196.219 (2r). A telecommunications utility or alternative telecommunications utility may not withdraw a tariff for switched access service once the tariff is in effect. Except as allowed under this section or to comply with ss. 196.212 and 196.219 (2r), a telecommunications utility or alternative telecommunications utility may not file to change the rates, tolls, and charges shown in a tariff for switched access service.
(2) Except as provided in this section and s. 196.212, notwithstanding anything in this chapter to the contrary, any telecommunications utility or alternative telecommunications utility may do any of the following:
(a) Retain on file with the commission tariffs already on file with the commission as of the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date], showing the rates, tolls, and charges and the terms and conditions that the telecommunications utility or alternative telecommunications utility has established as of the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date], for some or all of the services performed by the telecommunications utility or alternative telecommunications utility within the state or for any service in connection therewith or performed by any telecommunications utility or alternative telecommunications utility controlled or operated by the telecommunications utility or alternative telecommunications utility.
(b) File with the commission new tariffs showing the rates, tolls, and charges and the terms and conditions that the telecommunications utility or alternative telecommunications utility has established, as provided in the tariff filings, for some or all of the services performed by the telecommunications utility or alternative telecommunications utility within the state or for any service in connection therewith or performed by any telecommunications utility or alternative telecommunications utility controlled or operated by the telecommunications utility or alternative telecommunications utility.
(c) Except as provided in sub. (1), withdraw a tariff for any service by providing notice to the commission.
(d) 1. Except as provided in subd. 2., change the rates, tolls, and charges and the terms and conditions of a tariff on file with the commission by filing a revised tariff with the commission. Except as provided in subd. 2., a proposed change in a tariff shall be effective at the time specified in the revised tariff as filed with the commission.
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