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52 Pa. Code § 53.57. Definitions.


§ 53.57. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this section and § §  53.58—53.60, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   CLEC—Competitive local exchange carrier—A telecommunications company that has been certificated by the Commission as a CLEC under the Commission’s procedures implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the act of February 8, 1996 (Pub.L. No. 104-104, 110 Stat. 56), or under the relevant provisions of 66 Pa.C.S. §  3009(a) (relating to additional powers and duties).

   Competitive service—A service or business activity offered by an ILEC or CLEC that has been classified as competitive by the Commission under the relevant provisions of 66 Pa.C.S. §  3005 (relating to competitive services).

   ILEC—Incumbent local exchange carrier—A telecommunications company deemed to be an ILEC under section 101(a)(h) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (47 U.S.C.A. §  251(h)).

   Joint or bundled service packages

     (i)   Service packages composed of one or more distinct categories of noncompetitive and competitive services and service options or features, inclusive of toll services, when the service packages are offered by CLECs and ILECs under a single rate or charge and a unified set of terms and conditions for service as defined in a tariff approved by the Commission.

     (ii)   The term does not include ILEC or CLEC tariff filings that involve simultaneous changes in rates and charges for noncompetitive services in a revenue neutral manner.

   Lifeline plan—A tariffed service offering, approved by the Commission, which provides telecommunications services to qualified low-income end-user consumers at reduced rates and charges in accordance with applicable State or Federal law or regulations.

   New service—A service that is not substantially the same or functionally equivalent with existing competitive or noncompetitive services.

   Noncompetitive service—A protected telephone service as defined in 66 Pa.C.S. §  3002 (relating to definitions) or a service that has been determined by the Commission as not a competitive service.

   Promotional service offerings—A service offered by a CLEC or ILEC at rates, terms and conditions that are designed to promote usage and available for a duration of no longer than 6 months in any rolling 12-month period.


   The provisions of this §  53.57 issued under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501 and 1501; and section 612 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §  232).


   The provisions of this §  53.57 adopted December 1, 2000, effective December 2, 2000, 30 Pa.B. 6202.

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