Subchapter M. CHANGING LOCAL SERVICE PROVIDERS
63.191. Statement of purpose and policy.
63.201. General migration standards.
63.202. Migration responsibilities of OLSPs, NLSPs and NSPs.
63.203. Standards for the exchange of CSRs.
63.204. Removal or lifting of LSPFs.
63.205. Porting telephone numbers.
63.206. Discontinuance of billing.
63.207. Carrier-to-carrier guidelines and performance assurance plans.
63.211. Duties of NSPs and NLSPs when an interfering station condition is identified.
63.212. Duties of the prospective NLSP and the applicant when an interfering station condition is identified.
63.213. Duties of the OLSP if notified by the prospective NLSP that an interfering station exists at a location where existing local service is provided by the OLSP and the applicant has shown proof of identity and of ownership or right of occupancy.
63.214. Duties of the prospective NLSP when the OLSP is unable to resolve the interfering station condition at the applicants service location.
63.221. Customer complaint procedures.
63.222. Expedited process for resolution of migration disputes between service providers.
The provisions of this Subchapter M 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), unless otherwise noted.
The provisions of this Subchapter M adopted August 12, 2005, effective August 13, 2005, 35 Pa.B. 4597, unless otherwise noted.
§ 63.191. Statement of purpose and policy.
(a) The purpose of this subchapter is to establish general rules, procedures and standards governing the migration of customers between LSPs, including porting telephone numbers, resolving interfering stations, exchanging customer records and the transition of billing accounts. The primary objective of this subchapter is to establish standards to ensure that residential and business customers can migrate from one LSP to another LSP without confusion, delay or interruption to their local service.
(b) This subchapter applies to:
(1) LSPs and NSPs for migration of residential and business customers between LSPs.
(2) LSPs and NSPs when interfering station conditions are encountered.
(c) This subchapter does not apply to:
(1) Mass migrations of customers brought about by the selling or transferring of a customer base of one LSP to another.
(2) An LSP that has properly proceeded with the abandonment of service to its customer base.
(3) DSL migration.
(4) Line sharing/splitting arrangements.
§ 63.192. Definitions.
The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
(i) A person, association, partnership, corporation or government agency making a written or oral request for the commencement of local service, other than a transfer of local service from one location to another within the local service area of the same LSP or a reinstatement of local service following a discontinuation or termination.
(ii) The term does not apply to a customer who is subject to special contractual arrangements and has otherwise agreed to different conditions of local service that do not contradict Commission rules or regulations.
Appropriate retained documentationProof accompanying a customers order, request for a change in telephone service or service providers, or permission to obtain the customers CSR that uses a unique identifier associated with the customer, such as the customers city of birth, Social Security number, mothers birth name or tax identification code.
Authorized agentAn adult designated by an applicant or a customer to act on the behalf of the applicant or customer.
CSRCustomer service recordDocumentation indicating the customers name, address, contact telephone number, quantity of lines, services, features, network serving arrangements, and other information associated with a customer account.
Commission reviewIncludes informal or formal review, evaluation or adjudication, staff-level review or alternate dispute resolution.
CustomerThe end user recipient of telephone service provided by an LSP.
DSLDigital subscriber lineA dedicated, high-speed, always-on service, frequently used in the context of ADSL or XDSL.
Discontinuation of serviceThe temporary or permanent cessation of service upon the request of a customer.
FacilitiesThe equipment (for examplelocal loop, network interface device, transport facilities, and the like) necessary to provide local service to a customer.
FreezeA designation elected by a customer that restricts a third partys ability to change the customers choice of preferred service providers.
Interfering stationPreexisting local service that prevents the reuse of existing telephone facilities by an NLSP to serve a new customer at a location where the prior customer did not notify the OLSP to disconnect the local service. The OLSP and the NLSP may be the same company.
InterLATAOriginating in one LATA and terminating in another LATA. For examplean interLATA telephone call is a call that is placed from a telephone in one LATA to a telephone located in another LATA.
IntraLATAOriginating and terminating within the same LATA. For examplean intraLATA telephone call is a call that is placed from a telephone in one LATA to a telephone located within the same LATA.
LATALocal access and transport areaOne of the 196 geographical areas designated in 1984 by the decree that broke up AT&T into seven telephone operating companies. At that time, a LATA was the area within which one of the existing local service providers could offer either local or long distance service.
LOALetter of authorizationA specific written or electronic record signed by a customer granting a NLSP the authority to act as the customers agent.
LSCLocal service confirmationDocumentation issued by the NSP to inform the LSP of the confirmed scheduled completion date for work affecting the migration of local service.
LSPLocal service providerA company, such as a local exchange carrier (LEC), that provides local service by resale, by unbundled network elements (with or without platform) or through its own facilities, or by a combination of these methods of providing local service to a customer.
LSPFLocal service provider freezeA designation elected by a customer that restricts a third partys ability to change a customers choice of preferred LSP.
LSRLocal service requestThe electronic or paper form that contains all the information required to arrange for installation of, change in or disconnection of local services.
(i) The LSR is sent by an LSP to an NSP, for exampleto request the activation of number portability, the installation of an unbundled loop facility, or the disconnection of loop facilities and migration of a number.
(ii) The NSP uses the LSR to create the internal directives, for examplea service order, to cause the work to be performed as ordered.
Line loss notificationThe report the old NSP issues upon completion of a migration to inform the OLSP that the OLSP no longer provides local service to a customer on a particular line.
Line sharingThe sharing of facilities by an LSP and an NSP in the provision of voice and data services to a given location over the same facilities.
Line splittingThe sharing of facilities by two LSPs, when neither is the NSP, in the provision of voice and data services to a given location over the same facilities.
Local loopThe wires and cable between the customers premise and the central office of the local telephone company.
Local serviceTelecommunications service within a customers local calling area.
(i) The term includes the customers local calling plan, dial tone line, touch-tone and directory assistance calls allowed without additional charge.
(ii) The term also includes services covered by the Federal line cost charge, Pennsylvania Relay Surcharge, Federal Universal Service Fund Surcharge, Local Number Portability Surcharge, Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act (9-1-1) Fee and applicable Federal and State taxes.
MigrationThe movement of a customer from one LSP to another LSP at the same service location.
NLSPNew local service providerThe company that will provide local service to a customer after a migration.
NSPNetwork service providerA telecommunications provider that interacts with LSPs and provides the facilities and equipment components needed to make up a customers telecommunications service.
(i) An NSP may also be referred to as an underlying carrier.
(ii) An NSP may also be an LSP.
Network serving arrangementsThe service platform (for exampleresale, unbundled loop, full facilities, UNE-P) to provide local service to a customer. Network serving arrangements may also be referred to as service configuration information.
OLSPOld local service providerThe company that provides local service to a customer prior to migration.
(i) Telecommunications services in addition to local service that are offered by LSPs at a cost per individual service or as part of a package of services.
(ii) Examples include toll blocking, 900/976 blocking, inside wiring maintenance plans and extensions off premise.
(iii) The term also includes vertical services.
Preferred service providerThe company chosen by a customer to provide particular telecommunications services. A preferred service provider is sometimes referred to as a preferred carrier.
PortingThe process that allows customers to keep their telephone numbers when changing LSPs.
Recording verifying permissionAn auditory documentation of a customers voice made when the customer ordered local service, requested a change in local service or local service providers or granted permission to a local service provider to obtain the customers CSR.
Service providerA generic term to include LSPs and NSPs.
Termination of servicePermanent cessation of service after a suspension without the consent of the customer.
Third party verificationThe process by which an independent entity confirms that a customer ordered local service, authorized a change in local service or local service providers or granted permission to a local service provider to obtain the customers CSR.
UNEsUnbundled network elementsVarious physical and functional parts of an NSPs infrastructure that may be leased to another LSP. These components include things such as local switching, local loops, interoffice transmission facilities, signaling and call-related databases, operator services, directory assistance, and the like.
UNE-PUNE-platformA combination of unbundled network elements that facilitates end-to-end service delivery. A typical arrangement includes at least a local loop and switching.
Vertical servicesTelecommunications features available to local service customers at either an added cost or as part of a service package. Vertical services refer to the way in which a telephone line works and include customer calling features such as call forwarding and call waiting.
Unbundled loopA local loop that is leased by one service provider from another service provider to provide local service to a customer.
Working dayA day except Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday.
§ 63.201. General migration standards.
(a) A customer has the right to migrate from one LSP to another LSP.
(b) The prospective NLSP shall communicate and explain to the customer the migration process and the migration timetable for the local service and for any other service the customer may order.
(c) The OLSP, the NLSP and the NSP shall work together in good faith to minimize or avoid problems associated with migrating the customers account.
(d) The OLSP may not prohibit the NLSP from reusing facilities that are no longer needed by the OLSP to provide local service to the migrating customer or other customer. If the OLSP has a conflict over the use of the facilities, it may be resolved using the interfering station procedures under § § 63.21163.214 (relating to interfering stations) or the expedited dispute process under § 63.222 (relating to expedited process for resolution of migration disputes between service providers).
(e) At the end of each working day, the NLSP shall notify the 9-1-1 host carrier and the Directory Listings/White Pages providers of that days changes to these databases.
(f) Each LSP and NSP shall maintain a company contact and escalation list for use in resolving migration problems and interfering station conditions. The companies shall update the lists to ensure that the information is current and accurate. LSPs and NSPs shall post the list on a publicly accessible website and supply the website address to the Commission. The Commission will post the address on its website.
§ 63.202. Migration responsibilities of OLSPs, NLSPs and NSPs.
(a) The OLSP shall be responsible for responding to the prospective NLSPs request for a CSR, consistent with the requirements of § 63.203 (relating to standards for the exchange of CSRs).
(b) The prospective NLSP shall be responsible for coordinating the migration of the customers local service with its NSP, if any, and with the OLSP.
(c) The prospective NLSP shall provide the LSR information to affected service providers, as applicable.
(d) The timetable for issuing an LSC is as follows:
(1) By August 13, 2005, the NSP or OLSP shall issue an LSC or rejection within 3 working days from the date the NSP or OLSP receives an LSR from the prospective NLSP.
(2) After February 13, 2006, the NSP or OLSP shall issue an LSC or rejection within 2 working days from the date the NSP or OLSP receives an LSR from the prospective NLSP.
(3) After August 14, 2006, the NSP or OLSP shall issue an LSC or rejection within 1 working day from the date the NSP or OLSP receives an LSR from the prospective NLSP.
(e) The NLSP shall be responsible for coordinating a customers service restoration that may become necessary due to problems with the migration.
§ 63.203. Standards for the exchange of CSRs.
(a) Prospective NLSPs may not acquire CSRs without a verified customer authorization. The prospective NLSP shall use one of the following verification procedures and retain the authorization and verification for 2 years:
(1) An LOA from the customer of record to review the customers account.
(2) A third-party verification of the customers consent.
(3) A recording verifying permission from the customer.
(4) Oral authorization documented with appropriate retained documentation.
(5) Additional verification procedures as may be authorized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) or the Commission.
(b) The prospective NLSP shall indicate to the customers current LSP that it has a verified authorization for access to the CSR. The NLSP is not required to provide a copy of the authorization or verification to the current LSP.
(c) A current LSP may not contact a customer to retain or keep that customer as a result of a request from another LSP for the customers CSR.
(d) When a prospective NLSP has verified authorization from the customer to switch the customers LSP, the prospective NLSP shall request the customers CSR from the OLSP. The prospective NLSP is not required to provide proof to the OLSP of the authorization or verification at the time of migration. The prospective NLSP shall use one of the following types of verification and shall retain the authorization and verification for 2 years:
(1) An LOA from the customer to switch LSPs.
(2) A third-party verification of the customers request.
(3) An electronic verification of the customers request to switch LSPs that contains unique identifying information.
(4) Additional verification procedures as may be authorized by the FCC or the Commission.
(e) A customers current LSP shall provide the following information when the CSR is requested to migrate a customers local service:
(1) Billing telephone number and working telephone number.
(2) Complete customer billing name and address.
(3) Complete service address, including floor, suite unit and any other unique identifying information.
(4) 9-1-1/E-9-1-1 information.
(5) Directory listing information, including address, listing type and all other pertinent information.
(6) Preferred service providers for interLATA, intraLATA, local service and other services.
(7) Provider freeze status by interLATA toll, intraLATA toll, local service and other services.
(8) Listing of all vertical services (for examplecustom calling, hunting, and the like) to which the customer currently subscribes.
(9) Listing of all optional services (for example900 blocking, toll blocking, remote call forwarding, off-premise extensions, and the like) to which the customer currently subscribes.
(10) Tracking number or transaction number (for examplepurchase order number).
(11) Network serving arrangements (for exampleresale, UNE-P, unbundled loop).
(12) Identification of NSPs.
(13) Identification of any line sharing/line splitting on the migrating customers line.
(f) Timetable for providing CSRs, minimum requirements:
(1) By August 13, 2005, OLSPs shall provide 80% of requested CSRs within 2 working days.
(2) After February 13, 2006, OLSPs shall provide 80% of requested CSRs within 1 working day.
(3) After August 14, 2006, OLSPs shall provide 80% of requested CSRs the same day if the request is made by noon of that day, or by noon of the next working day if requested after noon.
§ 63.204. Removal or lifting of LSPFs.
(a) An applicant shall authorize the removal of an existing LSPF before a prospective NLSP may process a change in LSP. The prospective NLSP shall inform the applicant of the following at the time of application:
(1) If the applicant has an LSPF, the applicant shall authorize the removal of the LSPF before the request for a change of the customers LSP can be processed.
(2) The applicant or the applicants authorized agent shall contact the OLSP to have an LSPF lifted. Before processing the lifting of the LSPF, the OLSP shall confirm appropriate verification data such as the customers date of birth, Social Security number or mothers birth name with the applicant or the applicants authorized agent.
(3) A prospective NLSP may not authorize the removal of an applicants LSPF.
(b) When the prospective NLSP is also seeking to provide other services, (for example, interexchange, intraLATA, interLATA, interstate or international toll) covered by freezes, authorizations to lift the freezes may be transmitted in one process, if the applicant expressly requests that each freeze be lifted. The prospective NLSP shall inform the applicant of the distinctions among the services and of the requirement that service may not be migrated unless the customer expressly lifts each freeze.
(c) LSPs that offer LSPFs to their customers shall provide various methods to customers for lifting LSPFs, as required by the Federal Communications Commission as set forth in 47 CFR Part 64, Subpart K (relating to changes in preferred telecommunications service providers).
§ 63.205. Porting telephone numbers.
An OLSP or NSP may not refuse an otherwise valid request to port a number to a NLSP unless the number is for local service that has been terminated or discontinued under Chapter 64 (relating to standards and billing practices for residential telephone service) for residential customers or consistent with the LSPs tariff for other customer classes.
§ 63.206. Discontinuance of billing.
(a) LSPs shall minimize overlap in billing during the migration between LSPs.
(b) Within 42 days of the receipt of a line loss notification from the NSP, the customers OLSP shall issue the customer a final bill for services rendered.
(c) Once the customer has paid the charges on the final bill, the OLSP shall immediately remove the customer from its billing system and discontinue billing, unless the OLSP provides other services to the customer.
(d) Subject to the terms of an applicable tariff or customer specific pricing arrangement, the OLSP shall stop billing the customer for any recurring charges associated with the migrated services as of the date of the migration.
§ 63.207. Carrier-to-carrier guidelines and performance assurance plans.
For an LSP or NSP subject to State or Federal carrier-to-carrier guidelines or performance assurance plans, if the carrier-to-carrier guidelines or performance assurance plan provide a more explicit or a narrower window for performance than otherwise specified under this subchapter, the carrier-to-carrier guidelines or performance assurance plan shall control for that LSP or NSP.
§ 63.211. Duties of NSPs and NLSPs when an interfering station condition is identified.
(a) The NSP shall inform the prospective NLSP of an interfering station condition by the end of the next working day after the NSP identifies that an interfering station condition exists.
(b) The NSP shall review the LSR information with the prospective NLSP to determine possible errors:
(1) Upon confirmation that the LSR information is correct, the NSP shall inform the prospective NLSP that the LSR cannot be fulfilled because there is preexisting local service at the service location.
(2) If the LSR information is incorrect, the prospective NLSP shall correct the information and resubmit the corrected LSR to the NSP.
§ 63.212. Duties of the prospective NLSP and the applicant when an interfering station condition is identified.
(a) The prospective NLSP shall notify the applicant that there is preexisting local service at the service location within 1 business day of the date the NLSP receives notice of the interfering station condition. The prospective NLSP shall contact the applicant by telephone, email, first class mail or in person to request that the applicant verify the address at the service location.
(b) If the applicant fails to respond to the notice within 5 days, the prospective NLSP may cancel the application.
(c) If the applicant informs the prospective NLSP that the address is incorrect, the prospective NLSP shall correct the information on the application, submit a new LSR and provide the new local service installation date.
(d) If the applicant verifies that the address is correct, the prospective NLSP shall explain that new local service is not able to be installed using the same facilities due to preexisting local service at the address and request the applicant to provide proof of ownership or right of occupancy.
(e) If the applicant provides proof of ownership or right of occupancy, the prospective NLSP shall advise the applicant of the following options:
(1) The applicant may authorize the prospective NLSP to contact the OLSP to confirm abandoned service.
(2) The applicant may attempt to resolve the interfering station condition with the customer of record, if known to the applicant.
(3) The applicant may arrange for the installation of new facilities.
(i) If inside wiring is required, the applicant shall provide proof of installation before the prospective NLSP is able to proceed with the LSR.
(ii) If new facilities (for exampleoutside wiring or a network interface device (NID)), are required, the prospective NLSP shall advise the applicant that the applicant shall pay for the installation of the new facilities pursuant to tariff rates and that the installation may take longer than 5 days.
(4) The applicant may cancel the application.
§ 63.213. Duties of the OLSP if notified by the prospective NLSP that an interfering station exists at a location where existing local service is provided by the OLSP and the applicant has shown proof of identity and of ownership or right of occupancy.
(a) Within 3 working days of the notification, the OLSP shall issue a termination notice to the customer of record in the OLSPs billing system. The notice of termination must state the reason for termination, date of termination and what the customer of record is required to do to prevent termination. The termination date must be 7 days from the date of the mailing of the notice by first class mail.
(b) If the customer of record does not contact the OLSP, the OLSP shall terminate the customers service and take appropriate action to release the customers facilities to the prospective NLSP.
(c) If the customer of record contacts the OLSP by the termination date and does not agree to the termination of service, the OLSP shall notify the prospective NLSP of the inability of the OLSP to release the facilities to be used by the prospective NLSP.
§ 63.214. Duties of the prospective NLSP when the OLSP is unable to resolve the interfering station condition at the applicants service location.
(a) The prospective NLSP shall contact the applicant and explain that the preexisting customer will not agree to the termination of service and that the prospective NLSP is not able to use the existing facilities.
(b) The prospective NLSP shall inform the applicant of the following options to obtain local service:
(1) The applicant may pursue any disputes between co-tenants, owners and occupants before an appropriate forum for the remedy. The prospective NLSP shall inform the applicant that neither the prospective NLSP, the OLSP nor the Commission is responsible for or available to resolve private disputes between customers and applicants.
(2) The applicant may arrange for the installation of new facilities.
(i) If inside wiring is required, the applicant shall provide proof of installation before the prospective NSLP is able to proceed with the LSR.
(ii) If new facilities (for exampleoutside wiring or a NID) are required, the applicant shall pay for the installation of the new facilities pursuant to tariff rates and the installation may take longer than 5 days.
This section cited in 52 Pa. Code § 63.201 (relating to general migration standards).
§ 63.221. Customer complaint procedures.
(a) Records of complaints. An LSP covered by or operating under this title shall preserve written or recorded complaints showing the name and address of the applicant or complainant, the date and character of the complaint, the action taken and the date of final disposition. Records of complaints for residential customers shall be kept in accordance with § 64.192 (relating to record maintenance).
(b) Commission review. If a customer or applicant expresses dissatisfaction with the LSPs decision or explanation, the LSP shall inform the customer or applicant of the right to have the dispute considered and reviewed by the Commission and shall provide the name, address and telephone number of the appropriate Commission bureau. This subsection shall be read in conjunction with Chapter 64, Subchapters G and H (relating to disputes; informal and formal complaints; and restoration of service) for residential service.
(c) Investigations. Within 1 working day of receiving a complaint covered by this subchapter from an applicant, customer or third party, the Commission will transmit a summary of the complaint to the LSP. When complaints are referred to the LSP through the Commission, the LSP and the Commission will work to process and resolve the complaints. An LSP shall make a full and prompt investigation of complaints made to it through the Commission by the applicant, customer or third party. For complaints involving commercial service, if the LSP needs more than 30 days to respond to the Commission, the LSP shall advise the Commission of that need within 30 days of the date it receives the complaint summary and indicate when it will send its response to the Commission.
(d) Resolutions. If a complaint is resolved between the LSP and the complaining party, the LSP shall advise the Commission within 10 working days of the resolution and submit a copy of the service order or other documentation of satisfaction which identifies the action taken by the LSP to resolve the complaint. The LSP may not consider the complaint closed until the Commission advises the LSP that the Commission has closed the complaint.
§ 63.222. Expedited process for resolution of migration disputes between service providers.
(a) The Commission will provide a nonadversarial, expedited dispute process to address migration disputes between service providers. The Commission will designate Commission staff as contact persons through which LSPs and NSPs may request expedited resolution for alleged problems between service providers or compliance with this title.
(b) An LSP or NSP that has a dispute under this subchapter with another LSP which cannot be resolved between the entities may refer the dispute to the expedited dispute process for a suggested resolution in a nonadversarial context.
(c) The Commission designee will review the dispute within 2 working days of the date the dispute was received, attempt to contact the involved entities and suggest a nonbinding resolution of the dispute, consistent with § 1.96 (relating to unofficial statements and opinions by Commission personnel).
(d) If the expedited dispute process fails to resolve the dispute, the parties may resort to the Commissions mediation process under § § 69.39169.397 (relating to mediation process) or formal dispute resolution processes.
(e) The expedited dispute process is neither mandatory nor a prerequisite to the Commissions mediation or formal dispute resolution processes.
This section cited in 52 Pa. Code § 63.201 (relating to general migration standards).
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