Register May 2015 No. 713
Chapter ATCP 123
Subchapter I — Definitions and General Provisions
ATCP 123.01   Definitions.
Subchapter II — Subscription and Billing Practices
ATCP 123.02   Disclosure to subscriber.
ATCP 123.04   Subscription changes.
ATCP 123.06   Negative option billing.
ATCP 123.08   Automatic renewal or extension.
ATCP 123.10   Prohibited practices.
ATCP 123.12   Activities regulated by public service commission.
Subchapter III — Customer Access to Video Services
ATCP 123.20   Definitions.
ATCP 123.22   Discrimination prohibited.
ATCP 123.24   Large telecommunications video service provider; customer access to video service.
ATCP 123.26   Extension or waiver.
ATCP 123.28   Video service access requirements; limitations.
subch. I of ch. ATCP 123 Subchapter I — Definitions and General Provisions
ATCP 123.01 ATCP 123.01Definitions. In this chapter:
ATCP 123.01(1) (1) “Appointed provider of long distance telecommunications services" means a provider of long distance telecommunications services selected for a consumer according to procedures prescribed by the federal communications commission after the consumer fails to select a provider.
ATCP 123.01(2) (2) “Bill" means to represent to a consumer, directly or by implication, that the consumer is obligated to pay a stated amount for electronic communications service pursuant to an existing contract with the provider of that service.
ATCP 123.01(3) (3) “Consumer" means any individual to whom a provider sells, leases, or offers to sell or lease an electronic communications service primarily for personal, family, or household purposes.
ATCP 123.01(4) (4) “Disclose" means to make a clear and conspicuous statement that is designed to be readily noticed and understood by the consumer and, if the disclosure is made in writing, which is designed to be retained by the consumer.
ATCP 123.01(5) (5) “Electronic communications service" means a service, such as telecommunications service, video service, cable service as defined under 47 USC 522(6), service provided by a multichannel video programming distributor as defined under 47 USC 522(13), and internet access service as defined in 47 USC 231(e)(4), which involves the conveyance of voice, data, video programming, or other information at any frequency over any part of the electromagnetic spectrum. “Electronic communications service" includes the collection, storage, forwarding, switching, and delivery of information incidental to the electronic communications service. “Electronic communications service" does not include broadcast service as defined in s. 196.01 (1m), Stats., or the transmission of information by means of non-electronic media such as hard-copy newspapers or magazines.
ATCP 123.01(6) (6) “Individual" means a human being.
ATCP 123.01(7) (7) “Long distance telecommunications service" means a long distance toll service provided on a direct-dialed, single message, dial-1 basis between local exchanges.
ATCP 123.01(8) (8) “Person" means an individual, corporation, cooperative, partnership, limited liability company, business trust, or business association or entity.
ATCP 123.01(9) (9) “Provider" means a person that sells, resells, leases, or offers to sell, resell, or lease an electronic communications service to consumers. “Provider" includes an employee or agent that is authorized to act on behalf of, and in the name of, a provider.
ATCP 123.01 Note Note: For example, “provider" includes a telemarketer or other person who sells electronic communications service on behalf of, and in the name of, a provider.
ATCP 123.01(10) (10) “Service offering" means an electronic communications service that is offered under a single name or at a single price. A “service offering" includes a category of electronic communications service for which a separate rate is charged by the provider.
ATCP 123.01(11) (11) “Subscribe" means to enter into a subscription.
ATCP 123.01(12) (12) “Subscription" means a contract between a provider and a consumer for an electronic communications service that is provided or billed to the consumer on a continuing or periodic basis. “Subscription" includes an oral, written, or electronically recorded contract, and includes any material amendment to an existing contract.
ATCP 123.01(13) (13) “Telecommunications service" has the meaning given in s. 196.01 (9m), Stats.
ATCP 123.01(14) (14) “Video programming" has the meaning given in s. 66.0420 (2) (x), Stats.
ATCP 123.01(15) (15) “Video service" has the meaning given in s. 66.0420 (2) (y), Stats.
ATCP 123.01(16) (16) “Written" or “in writing" means legibly printed on a tangible non-electronic medium, such as paper, which is delivered to a consumer, or legibly printed in electronic form on a television screen or computer monitor if the consumer can readily retrieve, store, or print the video image for future reference. “Written" or “in writing" does not include presentation on a medium, such as a billboard, which cannot be conveniently retained by a consumer.
ATCP 123.01 History History: Cr. Register, July, 1996, No. 487, eff. 1-1-97; correction in (3) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Register November 2002 No. 563; CR 08-027: r. and recr. Register December 2008 No. 636, eff. 1-1-09; corrections in (14) and (15) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register April 2009 No. 640.
subch. II of ch. ATCP 123 Subchapter II — Subscription and Billing Practices
Subch. II of ch. ATCP 123 Note Note: This subchapter regulates subscription and billing practices related to telecommunications services and cable television services provided to consumers.
Subch. II of ch. ATCP 123 NoteThis subchapter is adopted under authority of ss. 100.20 (2) and 100.207 (6) (e), Stats. Violations of this chapter may be subject to prosecution under ss. 100.20 (6), 100.26 (3) and (6) and, in the case of telecommunications services, s. 100.207 (6) (b) and (c), Stats. Persons damaged by violations of this subchapter may bring private actions against the violators under ss. 100.20 (5) and 100.207 (6) (a), Stats.
Subch. II of ch. ATCP 123 Note State administrative rules may, under certain circumstances, be preempted by federal law or administrative action. A provision of this subchapter that conflicts with federal law may be preempted.
ATCP 123.02 ATCP 123.02Disclosure to subscriber.
ATCP 123.02(1) (1)Subscription terms. Except as provided under sub. (4) or (5), a provider shall disclose to a consumer the material terms of a proposed subscription at or before the time that the consumer subscribes. The disclosure shall include all of the following:
ATCP 123.02(1)(a) (a) A clear identification of each service offering included in the subscription, including the material consumer features, functions, or capabilities which comprise that service offering.
ATCP 123.02 Note Note: For example, the identification of a video service offering should identify the channels that comprise the offering.
ATCP 123.02(1)(b) (b) The price which the consumer must pay for each service offering. Prices may be disclosed as price schedules, rates, or formulas, provided that the consumer can readily determine the total amount which he or she must pay. The price shall include the price for all goods and services which the provider bills to the consumer in connection with the service offering.
ATCP 123.02(1)(c) (c) All incidental charges that may affect the total amount payable by the consumer, including charges for connecting, changing, or disconnecting service. This paragraph does not apply to finance charges or late payment charges if the provider discloses all of the following in writing when the provider first bills the consumer for the principal amount to which those finance charges or late payment charges apply:
ATCP 123.02(1)(c)1. 1. The circumstances under which the finance charges or late payment charges will apply.
ATCP 123.02(1)(c)2. 2. The amount of the finance charges or late payment charges, or the method for computing those charges if their amount is not yet known.
ATCP 123.02(1)(d) (d) The effective date of the subscription unless all of the following apply:
ATCP 123.02(1)(d)1. 1. The effective date depends on the action of a third party outside the provider's control.
ATCP 123.02(1)(d)2. 2. The provider discloses a good faith estimate of the effective date and a means by which the consumer may verify the effective date.
ATCP 123.02(1)(e) (e) The expiration date of the subscription, if any.
ATCP 123.02(1)(f) (f) Any limitations on the consumer's right to cancel the subscription at any time.
ATCP 123.02(2) (2)Disclosure in writing. Except as provided under sub. (3), a provider shall make the disclosures under sub. (1) in writing. The provider shall disclose the material terms of the subscription in context with each other, and shall not separate those material terms by promotional information.
ATCP 123.02(3) (3)Oral or electronic disclosure; written confirmation. If a consumer subscribes orally or electronically, the provider may make the disclosure under sub. (1) orally or electronically, provided that both of the following apply:
ATCP 123.02(3)(a) (a) The provider confirms the disclosure in writing on or before the 15th day after the consumer subscribes, or on or before the day that the provider first bills the consumer under the subscription, whichever is later. The provider may confirm the disclosure as part of a regular billing statement to the consumer.
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