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52 Pa. Code § 63.71. Definitions.

§ 63.71. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   EAS—extended area service—The expansion of a local calling area to include additional exchanges.

   Exchange—An area served by one or more central offices which has a unique local calling area and a defined rate center from which toll distances are measured.

   Full billing and collection agreement—An agreement under which an interexchange carrier contracts with the local exchange carrier to bill and collect the revenues for message toll service calls placed by end users through the interexchange carrier as the presubscribed carrier.

   Interexchange toll rates—Telephone rates, usually based in part on the length of a telephone call, which are applied to calls between exchanges that are not in the same local calling area.

   LATA—A local access and transport area as designated by Federal law.

   Local calling area—The area, consisting of one or multiple telephone exchanges, between which calls may be completed without having interexchange toll rates applied.

   Local exchange carrier—A public utility which is certificated to provide intraexchange telephone service.

   Optional calling plan—A tariff provision which establishes the rate option to be offered to residential and business subscribers in exchanges which qualify for alternatives to EAS under §  63.73 (relating to optional calling plans).

   Qualified noncontiguous exchanges—Exchanges with toll rate centers within 16 miles of each other which do not geographically border each other but which meet the following criteria:

     (i)   The call-frequency standards between the exchanges established under §  63.74 (relating to EAS polls) are met in at least one direction.

     (ii)   The local calling area of the calling exchange is contiguous to the receiving exchange.

   Subscriber—A person or entity which contracts directly with a telephone utility for telephone service.

   Traffic study interexchange carriers—The five most active interexchange carriers in the service territory of a local exchange carrier as determined by a biennial review of interLATA access charge levels.


   The provisions of this §  63.71 issued under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501 and 1501.


   The provisions of this §  63.71 adopted March 17, 1989, effective March 18, 1989, 19 Pa.B. 1179; amended May 17, 1991, effective May 18, 1991, 21 Pa.B. 2340; amended June 18, 1993, effective June 19, 1993, 23 Pa.B. 2829. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (157989).

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