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Oregon Bulletin

August 1, 2013

Public Utility Commission, Chapter 860

Rule Caption: Temporary Rule Amendments to Define Low-Income Eligibility Requirements for the Oregon Telephone Assistance Program (OTAP).

Adm. Order No.: PUC 5-2013(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 6-28-2013

Certified to be Effective: 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Adopted: 860-033-0110

Rules Amended: 860-033-0001, 860-033-0005, 860-033-0006, 860-033-0007, 860-033-0010, 860-033-0030, 860-033-0035, 860-033-0040, 860-033-0045, 860-033-0046, 860-033-0050, 860-033-0100, 860-033-0530, 860-033-0535, 860-033-0536, 860-033-0537, 860-033-0540

Rules Suspended: 860-033-0055(T)

Subject: The temporary amendments change Oregon Telephone Assistance Program (OTAP) eligibility requirements to conform to federal criteria set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The temporary rule changes are necessary to: (1) implement the FCC’s amended rules resulting from its Lifeline Reform Order 12-11, in which the FCC acknowledged that eligibility criteria for Lifeline varied among the states and identified a need for uniformity; (2) implement new and revised reporting requirements for eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) so that this Commission can maintain its opt-out approval status from the FCC’s National Lifeline Accountability Database established in the FCC Lifeline Reform Order 12-11; (3) minimize the effect on the RSPF of exponential growth of the number of recipients by removing the compensatory obligations to ETCs for enrolling new customers and for costs incurred as a consequence of participating in OTAP; (4) ensure the quality of information ETCs disseminate to the public about the OTAP; and (5) make housekeeping, organizational, and other clarifying improvements.

Rules Coordinator: Diane Davis—(503) 378-4372

860-033-0001

Applicability

(1) The rules in this Division apply to all telecommunications providers including, but not limited to cellular, wireless, or other radio common carriers that offer service in Oregon with access to the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service and to the applicants for and recipients of RSPF benefits.

(2) Upon request or its own motion, the Commission may waive any of the division 33 rules for good cause shown. A request for waiver must be made in writing, unless otherwise allowed by the Commission.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 3-1999, f. & cert. ef. 8-10-99; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 6-2011, f. & cert. ef. 9-14-11; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0005

Definitions

For the purpose of this division:

(1) “Basic Service” means “basic telephone service” as defined in OAR 860-032-0190. For qualifying low-income recipients, basic service also includes access to toll-limitation services.

(2) “Competitive Provider” means a competitive telecommunications provider as defined in ORS 759.005(2)(a) that provides services authorized under ORS 759.020.

(3) “Cooperative” means a cooperative corporation or association that provides local exchange telecommunications service within its own exchanges, is organized under ORS Chapter 62, and is certified under ORS 759.025(2).

(4) “Duplicate Support” means an OTAP recipient is receiving two or more Lifeline supported services concurrently or two or more recipients in a household are receiving Lifeline or Tribal Link Up support concurrently.

(5) “Economic unit” means all individuals contributing to and sharing in the income and expenses of a household, including individuals with no income who benefit from another individual’s financial support.

(6) “Eligible Telecommunications Carrier” means a provider of telecommunications service, including a cellular, wireless, or other common carrier, that is certified by order of the Commission as eligible to receive federal universal service support throughout a designated service area by having met the eligibility criteria set forth in 47 C.F.R. ¦ 54.201 (2008) and in Commission Order 06-292.

(7) “Eligible Telecommunications Provider” means a provider of telecommunications service, including a cellular, wireless, or other common carrier, that is certified by order of the Commission as eligible to provide OTAP to its qualifying customers throughout a designated service area by having met the following eligibility criteria:

(a) Offers services under 47 C.F.R. ¦54.101 (2008) using either its own facilities or a combination of its own facilities and resale of another carrier’s services (including the services offered by another Eligible Telecommunications Carrier throughout the service area). Under 47 C.F.R. ¦54.201(f) (2008), the requirement of using its “own facilities” includes, but is not limited to, purchasing unbundled network elements from another carrier;

(b) Advertises the availability of and the charges for such services using media of general distribution; and

(c) Demonstrates that it will comply with OAR 860-033-0005 through 860-033-0100.

(8) “Household” means any individual or group of individuals who are living together at the same address as one economic unit.

(9) “Income” means all income actually received by all members of a household. This includes but is not limited to salary before deductions for taxes, public assistance benefits, social security payments, pensions, unemployment compensation, veteran’s benefits, inheritances, alimony, child support payments, worker’s compensation benefits, gifts, and lottery winnings. The only exceptions are student financial aid, military housing and cost-of-living allowances.

(10) “Lifeline Household Worksheet” means a form that the Commission sends to an applicant when the Commission is unable to determine that an applicant and a current OTAP recipient are part of a separate economic unit or household.

(11) “Local Exchange Service” means a “local exchange telecommunications service” as defined in ORS 759.005(3).

(12) “Low-income customer” means an individual who demonstrates eligibility for the Oregon Telephone Assistance Program in OAR 860-033-0030.

(13) “Marketing materials” means all media, including but not limited to print, audio, video, Internet (including email, web, and social networking media), and outdoor signage, that describe the Lifeline-supported service offering.

(14) “Oregon Telephone Assistance Program” or “OTAP” means a program established by the Commission that offers reduced local exchange rates to eligible low-income residential customers. OTAP is the state counterpart to the federal Lifeline program as defined in 47 C.F.R. ¦54.403.

(15) “Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service” or “OTRS” means a facility authorized by the Commission to provide telecommunications relay service.

(16) “Outstanding Accounts” means amounts owing to the Commission including current accounts receivable and accounts that the Commission has written off through appropriate legal procedures. The term does not include amounts owing to the Commission that have been lawfully discharged through bankruptcy proceedings or amounts that are the subject of a proceeding pending before the Commission.

(17) “Remittance Report” means the reporting form identified by that title that is available on the Commission’s website at http://www.oregon.gov/puc/Pages/telecom/rspf/index.aspx.

(18) “Residential Service Protection Fund” or “RSPF” means a legislatively approved fund in the Oregon State Treasury that supports the Oregon Telephone Assistance Program, the Telecommunication Devices Access Program and the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service.

(19) “RSPF Surcharge” means a specified amount up to 35 cents per month collected from each paying retail subscriber who has telecommunications service with access to the telecommunications relay service, except as provided in OAR 850-033-0006(2).

(20) “RSPF Surcharge Exception Form” means the reporting form identified by that title that is available on the Commissions website at http://www.oregon.gov/puc/Pages/telecom/rspf/index.aspx.

(21) “Telecommunication Devices Access Program” or “TDAP” means a program established by the Commission that provides Assistive Telecommunication Devices or Adaptive Equipment at no additional cost beyond telephone service for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech-impaired, deaf-blind or have a disability.

(22) “Telecommunications provider” includes competitive providers, cooperatives and telecommunications utilities.

(23) “Telecommunications service” means the offering of telecommunications as defined in 47 C.F.R. 54.5 (10-1-08 Edition) for a fee directly to the public, or to such classes of users as to be effectively available directly to the public, regardless of the facilities used.

(24) “Telecommunications utility” means a person who is not a competitive provider and is designated as a telecommunications utility under OAR 860-032-0010.

(25) “Toll Limitation Service” means a service provided by an Eligible Telecommunications Provider that allows an OTAP recipient to choose to block the completion of outgoing toll calls (toll blocking) or to specify a certain toll usage that may be incurred per month or per billing cycle (toll control).

(26) “Tribal Link Up” means an assistance program for eligible residents of Tribal lands seeking telecommunications service from an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier that is receiving high-cost support on Tribal lands.

(27) “Universal Service Administrative Company” means an independent, not-for-profit corporation designated by the Federal Communications Commission as the administrator of the universal service fund.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 9-1988, f. & cert. ef. 4-28-88 (Order No. 88-415); PUC 5-1992, f. & cert. ef. 2-14-92 (Order No. 92-238); PUC 7-1995(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-17-95 (Order No. 95-860); PUC 14-1995, f. & cert. ef. 12-20-95 (Order No. 95-1328); PUC 18-1997, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-97; PUC 18-2000, f. & cert. ef. 10-24-00; PUC 4-2001, f. & cert. ef. 1-24-01; PUC 19-2003, f. & cert. ef. 11-14-03; PUC 16-2004, f. & cert. ef. 12-1-04; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 9-2011, f. & cert. ef. 10-4-11; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0006

Monthly RSPF Surcharge: General Provisions, Remittance Reports and Payment

(1) The surcharge rate and the balance in the RSPF are reviewed annually by the Commission each October. The Commission may adjust the amount of the surcharge to ensure the fund has adequate resources but does not exceed six months of projected expenses. A rate adjustment ordered by the Commission following the annual review becomes effective January 1 of the year following the review.

(2) The surcharge imposed by 1987 Oregon Laws Chapter 290, Section (7)(1) does not apply to entities upon which the state is prohibited from imposing the surcharge by the Constitution or laws of the United States or the Constitution or laws of the State of Oregon including, but not limited to:

(a) Counties and political subdivisions.

(b) Federal, state and municipal government bodies or public corporations. For purposes of this rule, “public corporation” means a corporation formed by a state or local government authority for the public’s benefit or for a public purpose. A regional housing authority qualifies as a public corporation.

(c) Federally chartered corporations specifically exempt from state excise taxes by federal law.

(d) Federally recognized Native-American Tribes, and tribal members who live within federally recognized Indian country and are enrolled members of the tribe with sovereignty over that Indian country.

(e) Foreign government offices and representatives that are exempt from state taxation by treaty provisions.

(f) Interconnection between telecommunications utilities, telecommunications cooperatives, competitive telecommunications services providers certified under ORS 759.020, radio common carriers and interexchange carriers.

(g) Any other agency, organization or person claiming an exemption is required to identify the authority for its claim to a provider. If a telecommunications provider is unable to determine the status of a subscriber the Commission will determine whether the subscriber is exempt.

(3) Collection of RSPF Surcharge.

(a) Each telecommunications provider must collect the RSPF surcharge by charging the specified amount to each retail subscriber with access to the telecommunications relay service, including OTAP eligible subscribers. The RSPF surcharge is applied on a telecommunications circuit designated for a particular subscriber.

(A) One subscriber line is counted for each circuit that is capable of generating usage on the line side of the switched network regardless of the quantity of customer premises equipment connected to each circuit.

(B) For providers of central office based services, the surcharge is applied to each line that has unrestricted connection to the telecommunications relay service. For central office based service lines that have restricted access to the OTRS, the surcharge is charged based on software design.

(b) Each cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier must collect the RSPF surcharge by charging the specified amount to each retail subscriber with access to the telecommunications relay service, including OTAP eligible subscribers. The surcharge is applied on a per-instrument basis.

(c) Each telecommunications provider and each cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier must identify the surcharge on each retail customer’s bill as a separate line item named “RSPF Surcharge.”

(4) A telecommunications provider or a cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier may remit surcharges due to the Commission by electronic transfer, mail or in person.

(5) The Remittance Report and surcharges are due to the Commission on or before the 21st calendar day after the close of each month and must be received in the Commission’s offices no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on the due date. A surcharge remittance or Remittance Report postmarked on the due date does not meet the requirements of this section and will not be considered as timely submitted.

(6) Each telecommunications provider and each cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier must submit the Remittance Report and surcharge with no exceptions. If no surcharge is collected, the telecommunications provider or the cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier must still submit its monthly Remittance Report specified in section (5) of this rule.

(7) For each billing period that a telecommunications provider or a cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier fails to submit the surcharge fees in full on or before the due date required by these rules, the telecommunications provider or the cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier must pay a late payment fee in accordance with OAR 860-001-0050.

(8) If the telecommunications provider or the cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier fails to remit the surcharge in full on or before the due date, the telecommunications provider or the cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier must pay interest in accordance with OAR 860-001-0050.

(9) If a telecommunications provider or a cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier fails to file a Remittance Report as required by these rules, the telecommunications provider or the cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier must pay a late report fee in accordance with OAR 860-001-0050.

(10) If the amount shown due on a Remittance Report is not paid by the due date, the Commission may issue a proposed assessment to set the sum due. The Commission may waive the late report fee, the late payment fees and the interest on the unpaid surcharge fees, or any combination thereof, if the telecommunications provider or the cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier files a written waiver request and provides evidence showing that the telecommunications provider or the cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier submitted the Remittance Report and surcharge fees late due to circumstances beyond its control.

(11) The telecommunications provider or the cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier must pay a fee in accordance with OAR 860 001-0050 for each payment returned for non-sufficient funds.

(12) The telecommunications provider or the cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier is responsible for and must pay all costs incurred by the Commission to collect a past-due RSPF surcharge from the telecommunications provider or the cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier.

(13) Remittance Report Records: A telecommunications provider and a cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier must keep all records supporting each Remittance Report for three years, or if a Commission review or audit is pending, until the review or audit is complete, whichever is later.

(14) In addition to any other penalty, obligation, or remedy provided by law, the Commission may suspend or cancel the telecommunications provider’s certificate of authority to provide telecommunications service in Oregon for its failure to file its Remittance Report or its failure to remit the surcharge in full.

(15) Except as otherwise provided by law, if after an audit or review the Commission determines that the telecommunications provider or the cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier has remitted an excessive amount, the Commission will provide the telecommunications provider or the cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier a credit in that amount against sums subsequently due from that telecommunications provider or that cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier.

(16) A telecommunications provider or a cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier must submit any revisions to a Remittance Report no later than three years from the due date of the Remittance Report. If the Commission concludes that a telecommunications provider or cellular, wireless, or other common carrier remitted an excessive amount and that refunding the excess would have a material and adverse financial impact on the RSPF, the Commission may enter into an agreement with the telecommunications provider or the cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier to spread payments of the refunds over a period not to exceed three years.

(17) The RSPF Surcharge Exception Form is due annually by March 15. A telecommunications provider or a cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier that qualifies for the exception must submit the completed form (in person, electronically, or by mail) so that it is received in the Commission’s offices no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on March 15.

(18) In computing any period of time prescribed or allowed by these rules, the first day of the act or event is not included. The last day of the period is included, unless the last day is a Saturday or legal holiday; then the period runs until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday or a legal holiday. Legal holidays are those identified in ORS 187.010 and 187.020.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 19-2003, f. & cert. ef. 11-14-03; PUC 16-2004, f. & cert. ef. 12-1-04; PUC 18-2004, f. & cert. ef. 12-30-04; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 5-18-10; PUC 9-2011, f. & cert. ef. 10-4-11; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0007

Estimated Report

(1) For any period for which a telecommunications provider, or a cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier fails to file a Remittance Report and remit the surcharge payments as required by these rules, the Commission may determine a proposed assessment based upon any information available to the Commission.

(2) The proposed assessment must not cover a period longer than three years prior to the date of the proposed assessment and must include:

(a) An estimated surcharge amount owed;

(b) A late payment fee equal to 9 percent of the estimated surcharge amount owed, up to a maximum of $500 for that reporting period;

(c) Interest on the estimated surcharge amount owed at the rate of 9 percent per annum from the day the surcharge amount was originally due; and

(d) A late report fee per 860-001-0050(3)(e).

(3) Notwithstanding subsection (2)(c) of this rule, if the telecommunications provider did not hold a certificate of authority, if one was required by law, the Commission has an unlimited time to propose an assessment for the period represented by the non-filed Remittance Report. The proposed assessment must include all late payment fees as specified in this rule.

(4) During the 30-day period allowed for filing a petition for a hearing, the telecommunications provider, or the cellular, wireless, or other radio common carrier may file its Remittance Report and pay the surcharge, late report fee, late payment fee, and interest. The Commission will accept the Remittance Report, surcharge payment, late report fee, late payment fee and interest if correctly calculated in accordance with the original due date for the subject period’s Remittance Report and payment.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 19-2003, f. & cert. ef. 11-14-03; PUC 16-2004, f. & cert. ef. 12-1-04; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 5-18-10; PUC 9-2011, f. & cert. ef. 10-4-11; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0010

OTAP Applicability

The Oregon Telephone Assistance Program (OTAP) is designed to provide a reduced rate or discount for an Eligible Telecommunications Provider’s basic service, whether sold separately or in combination with other services, to low-income customers who meet eligibility requirements. An Eligible Telecommunications Provider must offer OTAP reduced rates or discounts with all service offerings that include basic telephone service. Reduced rates or discounts apply to the single line, or service that is functionally equivalent to a single line, serving the eligible recipient’s principal residence in Oregon. Eligible Telecommunications Providers and the Commission must treat OTAP data as confidential information, to the extent allowed by law, and OTAP data may be used only for OTAP program purposes.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 9-1988, f. & cert. ef. 4-28-88 (Order No. 88-415); PUC 5-1992, f. & cert. ef. 2-14-92 (Order No. 92-238); PUC 18-1997, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-97; PUC 19-2003, f. & cert. ef. 11-14-03; PUC 16-2004, f. & cert. ef. 12-1-04; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0030

OTAP Eligibility

(1) A low-income customer demonstrates eligibility for OTAP by application to the Commission on a Commission-approved form demonstrating compliance with this rule.

(2) A low-income customer, one or more of the customer’s dependents or the customer’s household must:

(a) Receive benefits from one of the following public assistance programs: Medicaid under Title XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; Supplemental Security Income; Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8); Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program; National School Lunch Program’s free lunch program; or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; or

(b) Receive benefits from another Commission-approved low-income public assistance program for which eligibility requirements do not exceed 135 percent of the applicable Federal Poverty Guidelines.

(c) Have income that is at or below 135 percent of the applicable Federal Poverty Guidelines for a household of that size.

(3) The Commission may require a low-income customer to submit documentation demonstrating that he or she qualifies under the program or income based eligibility requirements.

(a) Acceptable documentation of program eligibility includes the current or prior year’s statement of benefits from a public assistance program, a notice or letter of participation in a public assistance program, program participation documents, or another official document demonstrating that the low-income customer, one or more of the low-income customer’s dependents or the low-income customer’s household receives benefits from a qualifying assistance program.

(b) Acceptable documentation of income eligibility includes the prior year’s state, federal, or Tribal tax return; current income statement from an employer or paycheck stub; a Social Security statement of benefits; a Veterans Administration statement of benefits; a retirement or pension statement of benefits; an Unemployment or Workers’ Compensation statement of benefit; federal or Tribal notice letter of participation in General Assistance; or a divorce decree, child support award, or other official document containing income information. If the low-income customer presents documentation of income that does not cover a full year, such as current pay stubs, the low-income customer must present the same type of documentation covering three consecutive months within the previous twelve months.

(4) An applicant may be required to furnish his or her social security number before OTAP eligibility can be determined or verified. Failure to do so may result in denial of benefits.

(5) An applicant must sign a written authorization (OTAP application) permitting the Commission to release necessary information to an Eligible Telecommunications Provider and, as necessary, to the following: Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company, Department of Human Services, and the applicant’s personal representative or legal guardian.

(6) If a Commission-approved applicant provides a temporary residential address to the Commission, he or she will be required to verify his or her temporary residential address every 90 days. If the customer fails to respond within 30 days of the Commission’s attempts to verify the temporary address, the Commission must notify the Eligible Telecommunications Provider to de-enroll the customer from the Lifeline program.

(7) An applicant or customer may not use a post office box as their residential address. The Commission may accept a P.O. Box or General Delivery address as a billing address, but not a residential address.

(8) The OTAP benefit is limited to one single line, or single line equivalent, per economic unit at the applicant’s or recipient’s principal residence in Oregon.

(a) If the Commission is unable to determine that an applicant and a current OTAP recipient are part of a separate economic unit or household, the applicant must complete and submit to the Commission the Lifeline Household Worksheet.

(b) The Commission may verify annually that the customer continues to be part of a separate economic unit or household.

(c) If the customer fails to respond within 30 days of the Commission’s attempts to verify that the customer continues to be part of a separate economic unit or household, the Commission must notify the Eligible Telecommunications Provider to de-enroll the customer from the Lifeline program.

(9) The name of the applicant must appear on the billing statement or account for the telecommunications service in order for that customer to receive OTAP benefits.

(10) At its discretion, the Commission may require an Eligible Telecommunications Provider to provide up to a maximum of three months of OTAP benefits credited to the applicant’s account. The qualifying applicant may be required to submit documentation demonstrating that he or she qualifies under the program or income based eligibility requirements in section (2) or (3) of this rule.

(11) The Commission must verify a customer’s continuing eligibility. Continuing OTAP eligibility is based on monthly, quarterly or annual verification by the Commission.

(a) The Commission must allow a customer thirty days following the date of the impending termination or de-enrollment letter required to demonstrate continued eligibility. A customer may be required to submit proof of continued eligibility to the Commission.

(b) When the Commission notifies the Eligible Telecommunications Provider of a customer who is not eligible or no longer eligible, the Eligible Telecommunications Provider must de-enroll the customer from the Lifeline program.

(c) After the Commission determines that the customer is not eligible or no longer eligible, the customer may file a written request for a hearing to appeal the determination as specified in the notice of determination.

(d) At the hearing, the customer must provide to the Commission documentation demonstrating that he or she qualifies under the program or income based eligibility requirements listed in section (2) and (3) of this rule.

(12) If the Commission identifies that a customer or household is receiving duplicate support from one or more Eligible Telecommunications Providers, the Commission, at its discretion and based on the available information, will select the Eligible Telecommunications Provider for which the customer must be de-enrolled.

(13) If an OTAP customer does not use the Lifeline service that the Eligible Telecommunications Provider offers at no charge, the Eligible Telecommunications Provider must provide the customer 30 days’ notice, using plain language that the customer’s failure to use the Lifeline service within the 30-day notice period will result in de-enrollment from the Lifeline program. If the customer uses the Lifeline service within the 30-day notice period, the Eligible Telecommunications Provider may not terminate the customer’s Lifeline service.

(14) A customer must submit an OTAP application to the Commission if the customer switches to a different Eligible Telecommunications Provider.

(15) A customer is not required to submit an OTAP application to the Commission if, in a span of 30 days, the customer disconnects and reconnects service with the same Eligible Telecommunications Provider.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 9-1988, f. & cert. ef. 4-28-88 (Order No. 88-415); PUC 5-1992, f. & ef. 2-14-92 (Order No. 92-238); PUC 11-1995, f. & ef. 11-27-95 (Order No. 95-1217); PUC 6-1997, f. & ef. 1-10-97 (Order No. 97-005); PUC 6-1997, f. & cert. ef. 1-10-97; PUC 18-1997, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-97; PUC 12-1999, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-99; PUC 19-2003, f. & cert. ef. 11-14-03; PUC 16-2004, f. & cert. ef. 12-1-04; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 9-2011, f. & cert. ef. 10-4-11; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0035

OTAP Benefits

(1) A residential customer qualifying for the OTAP benefit pays a reduced monthly rate, as established by the Commission, for basic service, whether sold separately or in combination with other services, provided by an Eligible Telecommunications Provider. The monthly OTAP benefit includes:

(a) The federal Lifeline program support; and

(b) The State of Oregon support of $3.50.

(2) Initial benefits become effective on the date the Commission receives the signed OTAP application (written authorization) from an eligible customer.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 9-1988, f. & cert. ef. 4-28-88 (Order No. 88-415); PUC 5-1992, f. & cert. ef. 2-14-92 (Order No. 92-238); PUC 18-1997, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-97; PUC 2-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-5-02; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0040

OTAP Alternatives

(1) In lieu of OTAP participation, a public utility, cooperative corporation or unincorporated association providing local exchange telecommunication service may apply to the Commission for authority to provide low-income telephone assistance through an alternative plan. A public utility, cooperative corporation or unincorporated association’s application must demonstrate that:

(a) Customers eligible for OTAP will receive a benefit not less than the benefit the same customers would have received from OTAP;

(b) Customers who qualify for assistance under will also qualify for assistance under the public utility, cooperative corporation or unincorporated association’s alternative plan; and

(c) Administrative costs for an alternative plan will be less than or equal to the administrative costs if the public utility, cooperative corporation or unincorporated association participated in OTAP.

(2) A public utility, cooperative corporation or unincorporated association providing low-income telephone assistance under an alternative plan must inform the Commission monthly of the number of subscribers receiving a benefit and the total dollar amount in benefits provided by the public utility, cooperative corporation or unincorporated association’s plan.

(3) Eligible subscribers must continue receiving benefits under the Commission plan until the public utility, cooperative corporation or unincorporated association’s alternative plan is approved by the Commission and implemented by the public utility, cooperative corporation or unincorporated association.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 9-1988, f. & cert. ef. 4-28-88 (Order No. 88-415); PUC 18-1997, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-97; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0045

OTAP Compensable Expenses

(1) The Eligible Telecommunications Provider may be compensated for each customer enrolled for the OTAP benefit at the Commission’s request. Benefit costs include the revenue the Eligible Telecommunications Provider foregoes by providing local service to qualified low-income customers at the OTAP reduced rate or discount.

(2) To receive compensation, an Eligible Telecommunications Provider must submit a monthly reimbursement form no later than 21 calendar days after the end of the billing period. The Eligible Telecommunications Provider’s reimbursement form must indicate the number of qualified customers who were enrolled during the billing period, the number of customers who received the OTAP benefit during the billing period, and the amount of revenue foregone during that same period.

(3) If the Commission overcompensates an Eligible Telecommunications Provider, the Eligible Telecommunications Provider must immediately return the excess RSPF funds once it notifies the Commission or is notified by the Commission of the overcompensation.

(a) If the Commission overcompensates the Eligible Telecommunications Provider as a result of Commission error and the Eligible Telecommunications Provider upon notification of the overcompensation immediately returns the excess RSPF funds, the Eligible Telecommunications Provider is not required to pay interest on the excess RSPF funds.

(b) If the Commission overcompensates the Eligible Telecommunications Provider as a result of Commission error and upon notification the Eligible Telecommunications Provider does not immediately return the excess RSPF funds, the Eligible Telecommunications Provider must pay interest on the excess RSPF funds at the rate set forth in OAR 860-001-0050.

(c) If the Commission overcompensates the Eligible Telecommunications Provider as a result of actions by the Eligible Telecommunications Provider, including, but not limited to, the filing of an incorrect reimbursement form, then upon notification the Eligible Telecommunications Provider must immediately return the excess RSPF funds and pay interest on the excess RSPF funds at the rate set forth in OAR 860-001-0050.

(4) Notice of Proposed Assessment:

(a) If the Eligible Telecommunications Provider is overcompensated and does not timely return the excess RSPF funds as described in section (3) of this rule, the Commission may issue a written proposed assessment for the amount due.

(b) Within 30 days of the service date of the notice of proposed assessment, the Eligible Telecommunications Provider may pay the proposed assessment in full or may file a written petition for a hearing. The written petition for a hearing must clearly specify all the reasons the Eligible Telecommunications Provider disputes the assessment.

(A) If the Eligible Telecommunications Provider pays the proposed assessment in full within 30 days of the service date of the notice of proposed assessment, the Commission will accept the payment and discontinue any further collection activities for that assessment.

(B) If the Eligible Telecommunications Provider timely files a written petition for a hearing under section (b) of this rule, the Commission will grant the Eligible Telecommunications Provider a hearing and provide at least 10 days notice of the time and place of the hearing. The Commission will conduct the hearing under its rules governing hearings and proceedings.

(5) Commission Order: The Commission will enter an order if the Eligible Telecommunications Provider does not respond to the notice of proposed assessment within 30 days of the service date of the notice of proposed assessment or after considering the testimony presented at hearing. Any charges assessed by the Commission in its order become due and payable on the tenth day after the service date of the Commission’s order.

(6) If the Eligible Telecommunications Provider does not respond to the Commission order, then the account may be referred to the Department of Revenue or to a collection agency for collection. The Eligible Telecommunications Provider is responsible for and must pay all costs incurred by the Commission to collect a past-due assessed amount from the Eligible Telecommunications Provider.

(7) An Eligible Telecommunications Provider must submit any revisions to a previously filed reimbursement form no later than three years from its due date. If the Commission concludes that refund is due to an Eligible Telecommunications Provider and that the refund would have a material adverse financial impact on the RSPF, the Commission may enter into an agreement with the Eligible Telecommunications Provider to spread payment of the refund over a period of time not to exceed three years.

(8) The Commission may determine the compensation amount based on the costs an Eligible Telecommunications Provider would reasonably incur to accomplish each task referred to in section (1) of this rule. The Commission disburses funds from the RSPF to the Eligible Telecommunications Provider within 45 calendar days after the Commission receives a properly completed reimbursement form.

(9) Each public utility, cooperative corporation or unincorporated association providing low-income telephone assistance under an approved alternative plan may be compensated for benefit and enrollment costs. However, compensation from the RSPF may not be greater than the compensation the public utility, cooperative corporation or unincorporated association would have received had it participated in OTAP.

(10) Governmental agencies contracting with the Commission to certify the eligibility requirements of individuals or to perform other administrative functions authorized by these rules are compensated based on the terms of the contract.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 9-1988, f. & cert. ef. 4-28-88 (Order No. 88-415); PUC 18-1997, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-97; PUC 19-2003, f. & cert. ef. 11-14-03; PUC 16-2004, f. & cert. ef. 12-1-04; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 9-2011, f. & cert. ef. 10-4-11; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0046

OTAP Accounting, Reporting and Auditing

(1) Based upon accounting procedures approved by the Commission, Eligible Telecommunications Providers must maintain accounting records so that costs associated with OTAP can be separately identified. Records must be provided to the Commission upon request.

(2) Active OTAP Customer Report: The Active OTAP Customer Report is a listing of all customers receiving the OTAP benefit. The listing may include the customers’ telephone numbers, addresses or Commission-assigned OTAP Identification Number. Each Eligible Telecommunications Provider must submit monthly to the Commission in an electronic format accessible by the Commission, an Active OTAP Customer Report. The Active OTAP Customer Report must be received by the Commission on or before the close of business of the 21st calendar day of the following month.

(3) Order Activity Report: The Order Activity Report is a listing of all OTAP customers whose service was disconnected or who were de-enrolled for failure to use the Lifeline service for which the Eligible Telecommunications Provider offers at no charge. The Commission may also require additional information such as a listing of all OTAP customers whose telephone numbers or addresses have changed. Each Eligible Telecommunications Provider must submit monthly to the Commission in an electronic format accessible by the Commission an Order Activity Report. The Order Activity Report must be received by the Commission on or before the close of business of the 21st calendar day of the following month.

(4) No Match Report: When the Commission notifies the Eligible Telecommunications Provider of customers who meet eligibility criteria, the Eligible Telecommunications Provider must notify the Commission of any discrepancy that prevents a customer from receiving the OTAP benefit. Notification of discrepancies must be submitted electronically in a format accessible by the Commission.

(5) The Commission reserves the right to audit the records of an Eligible Telecommunications Provider that provides OTAP benefits.

(6) OTAP Records: Each Eligible Telecommunications Provider must keep all OTAP records and supporting documentation for three years, or if a Commission review or audit is pending, until the review or audit is complete, whichever is later.

(a) An Eligible Telecommunications Provider must produce for inspection or audit upon request of the Commission or its authorized representative all OTAP records and supporting documentation. The Commission, or its representative, must allow the Eligible Telecommunications Provider a reasonable time to produce the records for inspection or audit.

(b) In addition to any other penalty allowed by law, the Commission may suspend or cancel an Eligible Telecommunications Provider’s certificate of authority to provide telecommunications service for its failure to produce for inspection or audit the records required by this rule.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 9-1988, f. & cert. ef. 4-28-88 (Order No. 88-415); PUC 5-1992, f. & cert. ef. 2-14-92 (Order No. 92-238); PUC 18-1997, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-97; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0050

Tribal Link-Up

(1) The Commission must determine whether a prospective Tribal Link Up recipient who has executed a certification pursuant to 47 C.F.R. ¦54.410(d) has previously received a Tribal Link Up benefit at the residential address provided by the prospective subscriber to prevent duplicative support.

(2) Each Eligible Telecommunications Provider must submit weekly to the Commission in an electronic format accessible by the Commission each new and existing Tribal Link Up recipient’s full name, residential address, date of birth, social security number or Tribal identification number, if the subscriber is a member of a Tribal nation and does not have a social security number, the telephone number associated with the Link Up support and the date of service activation.

(3) Each Eligible Telecommunications Provider must obtain, from each new and existing subscriber, consent to transmit the information as specified in section (2) of this rule. Prior to obtaining consent, the Eligible Telecommunications Provider must describe to the subscriber, using plain language, the specific information being submitted, that the information is being submitted to the Commission to ensure proper administration of the Tribal Link Up program, and that failure to provide consent will result in the subscriber being denied the Link Up benefit.

(4) If the Commission notifies the Eligible Telecommunications Provider that a prospective subscriber has received a Link Up benefit at the residential address provided by the subscriber, the Eligible Telecommunications Provider may not seek universal service support reimbursement for Tribal Link Up.

(5) When two or more Eligible Telecommunications Providers submit the information required in section (2) of this rule for the same subscriber, only the Eligible Telecommunications Provider whose information was received and processed by the Commission first, as determined by the Commission, will be entitled to reimbursement from the universal service fund for that subscriber.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 9-1988, f. & cert. ef. 4-28-88 (Order No. 88-415); PUC 8-1989, f. & cert. ef. 6-8-89 (Order No. 89-724); PUC 5-1992, f. & ef. 2-14-92 (Order No. 92-238); PUC 2-1996, f. & ef. 4-18-96 (Order 96-102); PUC 6-1997, f. & cert. ef. 1-10-97; PUC 18-1997, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-97; PUC 2-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-5-02; PUC 19-2003, f. & cert. ef. 11-14-03; PUC 16-2004, f. & cert. ef. 12-1-04; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0055

Link-Up America Benefits

(1) Security deposit requirements may be waived for a residential applicant who is eligible for Link-Up America and who satisfies the credit requirements of OAR chapter 860, division 021, or if the qualifying low-income applicant voluntarily elects toll blocking, where available, from the provider.

(2) If an applicant does not meet the credit requirements of OAR chapter 860, division 021, or has an outstanding bill with the Eligible Telecommunications Provider, the deposit is not waived and the applicant is subject to the conditions and payment arrangements contained in OAR chapter 860, division 021.

(3) An Eligible Telecommunications Provider must offer a 50 percent reduction in its tariffed line connection charge, up to a maximum reduction of $30, to eligible Link-Up America applicants. This assistance does not cover special features, services, or deposits. Each eligible resident living on federally recognized tribal lands, with initial connection or line extension costs of $130 or more as prescribed in 47 C.F.R. ¦ 54.411 (2008), may receive an additional reduction of up to $70 to cover 100% of the charges between $60 and $130 for a total maximum support amount of $100. A qualifying Tribal Lifeline customer must directly contact the local Eligible Telecommunications Provider to receive tribal Link-Up support.

(4) An Eligible Telecommunications Provider must offer to the Link-Up America recipient a deferred payment schedule for connection charges up to $200. Payment for the connection charges may be deferred for a period not to exceed one year. The Eligible Telecommunications Provider may not charge the Link-Up America recipient interest on the deferred amount during the deferral period. Connection charges include any charges that the provider customarily assesses to connect subscribers to the network. These charges do not include any permissible security deposit requirements.

(5) A Link-Up America recipient who fails to make payments as agreed with the Eligible Telecommunications Provider is subject to disconnection of service pursuant to OAR chapter 860, division 021.

(6) An Eligible Telecommunications Provider’s Link-Up America program must allow a customer to receive the benefit of the Link-Up America program for a second or subsequent time only for a principal place of residence with an address different from the address where the Link-Up America assistance was previously provided.

(7) An Eligible Telecommunications Provider may seek reimbursement from the Universal Service Administrative Company, an authorized agent of the FCC.

(8) Upon FCC approval of a Commission OTAP and Link-Up America plan, an Eligible Telecommunications Provider subject to Oregon Law 1987, Chapter 290, must file appropriate tariffs or price lists with the Commission.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & Ch. 290 OL 1987

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & Ch. 290 OL 1987

Hist.: PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; Suspended by PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0100

Toll Limitation Service and Prohibited Charges

(1) Upon request and availability, a qualifying OTAP recipient is entitled to Toll Limitation Service from an Eligible Telecommunications Provider at no additional charge.

(2) An Eligible Telecommunications Provider must not charge the OTAP recipient:

(a) The federal universal service fund fee on the local service portion of the phone bill;

(b) The local number portability fee; or

(c) The access recovery fee.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 18-1997, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-97; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0110

Advertising, Marketing and Outreach

(1) An Eligible Telecommunications Provider may not conceal or misstate a material fact about the Lifeline program or OTAP in advertising, marketing materials or other outreach to Oregon consumers.

(2) An Eligible Telecommunications Provider must explain in plain language and disclose in OTAP marketing materials:

(a) That the Eligible Telecommunications Provider’s offering is a Lifeline-supported service;

(b) That Lifeline is a government assistance program. This disclosure must be made in a prominent position and in large font;

(c) The name of the Eligible Telecommunications Provider offering the Lifeline-supported service;

(d) That only eligible low-income customers may enroll in Lifeline;

(e) That proof of eligibility may be necessary for enrollment;

(f) That Lifeline is limited to one benefit per household, consisting of either wireline or wireless service; and

(g) That Lifeline is a non-transferable service.

(3) The Eligible Telecommunications Provider must provide the Commission an opportunity to review OTAP marketing materials prior to release.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0530

TDAP Eligibility

(1) A person may apply to receive an Assistive Telecommunication Device or Adaptive Equipment from the Commission. The application must be submitted using the form provided by the Commission. The TDAP application form is available online at http://www.puc.state.or.us/PUC/rspf/tdapapp.pdf, from the Commission and from certain community resources.

(2) A TDAP applicant must provide the Commission with:

(a) Evidence of regular access to a specific telephone number in Oregon;

(b) Evidence of current residency in Oregon; and

(c) A properly completed application including a statement that the applicant is deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, speech or vision impaired, or has a disability that requires adaptive equipment or an assistive telecommunication device to communicate effectively on the telephone. This statement must be signed by:

(A) A licensed physician who may certify that the applicant is deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, speech or vision impaired or has a disability;

(B) An audiologist or a hearing aid specialist who may certify only that the applicant is deaf or hard of hearing;

(C) A speech pathologist who may certify only that the applicant is speech impaired;

(D) A vocational rehabilitation counselor from the Oregon Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services who may certify that the applicant is deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, speech or vision impaired or has a disability;

(E) A nurse practitioner who may certify that the applicant is deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, speech or vision impaired, or has a disability;

(F) A rehabilitation instructor from the Oregon Commission for the Blind who may certify only that the applicant has a vision impairment.

(d) For a person under 18 years of age, or an adult who is determined to require a legal guardian, a parent or a guardian must apply on that person’s behalf and assume full responsibility for the Assistive Telecommunication Device or Adaptive Equipment and services. An emancipated minor is considered an adult. If the application is signed by a person asserting power of attorney for the applicant or by a legal guardian, the person signing the application may be required to provide the Commission with evidence of the power of attorney or legal guardianship.

(3) The Commission may only approve applications for persons certified as deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, speech or vision impaired or who have a disability and cannot use a telephone for expressive or receptive communication.

(4) The Commission may provide one Assistive Telecommunication Device or one Adaptive Equipment unit per eligible person. The one device or unit provided may also include an accessory device such as a loud ringer or signal device, as applicable. More than one Assistive Telecommunication Device or Adaptive Equipment unit may be provided to a household if more than one eligible person permanently resides in the household.

(5) If the Commission purchases new devices that may benefit a TDAP recipient more than the equipment currently provided by the Commission to the recipient, the Commission may allow the recipient to use both the current and new device for a 60-day trial period. The recipient must return the less beneficial equipment to the TDAP within five business days after the end of the trial period. If the recipient fails to return the equipment, the recipient is responsible for paying the Commission for the cost of the more expensive equipment.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 7-1988, f. & cert. ef. 4-6-88 (Order No. 88-339); PUC 18-1989, f. & cert. ef. 12-14-89 (Order No. 89-1602); PUC 5-1992, f. & cert. ef. 2-14-92 (Order No. 92-238); PUC 18-1997, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-97; PUC 12-1999, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-99; PUC 19-2003, f. & cert. ef. 11-14-03; PUC 16-2004, f. & cert. ef. 12-1-04; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 9-2011, f. & cert. ef. 10-4-11; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0535

Ownership of and Conditions for Use of Assistive Telecommunication Devices or Adaptive Equipment

(1) All Assistive Telecommunication Devices or Adaptive Equipment purchased under the Commission remain the property of the State of Oregon. The Authorized Distributors must record the serial number of each Assistive Telecommunication Device or Adaptive Equipment unit. An Authorized Distributor’s failure to comply may terminate the distributor’s contract with the State of Oregon.

(2) Before receiving an Assistive Telecommunication Device or Adaptive Equipment, a recipient must sign the Conditions of Acceptance. A recipient who received TDAP equipment when under the age of 18 must sign a new Conditions of Acceptance form within 30 calendar days after becoming 18 years of age. Similarly, if there is a change in legal guardian for an adult recipient, the new guardian must sign a Conditions of Acceptance form within 30 calendar days of the change in guardianship. Failure to do so will result in the Commission billing the parent or guardian of record for the device.

(3) Before the requested equipment is distributed, an applicant or recipient must pay in full all outstanding accounts with the Commission.

(4) Any Assistive Telecommunication Device or Adaptive Equipment distributed to an eligible recipient under this program may not be sold, loaned, or otherwise transferred from the possession of the original recipient. Unauthorized transfers subject the recipient to repossession of the Assistive Telecommunication Device or Adaptive Equipment, prosecution, or liability for the full purchase price of the equipment.

(5) A recipient who moves to a different address within Oregon must report the new address to the Commission within 30 calendar days of the move. A recipient who moves out of Oregon must return all Assistive Telecommunication Devices or Adaptive Equipment received through the Commission to an Authorized Distributor or the Commission before moving out of Oregon. A recipient who is no longer receiving telephone services must return all Assistive Telecommunication Devices or Adaptive Equipment received through the Commission to an Authorized Distributor or the Commission within 30 calendar days after termination of Local Exchange Service.

(6) A recipient may take Assistive Telecommunication Devices or Adaptive Equipment on travel outside Oregon. The recipient must obtain written permission from the Commission if the travel will be for more than 90 calendar days.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 7-1988, f. & cert. ef. 4-6-88 (Order No. 88-339); PUC 5-1992, f. & cert. ef. 2-14-92 (Order No. 92-238); PUC 18-1997, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-97 860-033-0535(5) Renumbered to 860-033-0536; PUC 12-1999, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-99; PUC 19-2003, f. & cert. ef. 11-14-03; PUC 16-2004, f. & cert. ef. 12-1-04; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0536

TDAP Recipients’ Liability

(1) The recipient is financially responsible for any damage to the equipment that is not caused by normal wear and tear, acts of nature, or disasters. To avoid financial responsibility for damaged equipment, the recipient must prove to the Commission that the damage was caused by normal wear and tear or acts of nature or disasters. The recipient is also financially responsible for the full replacement cost of the equipment if the recipient loses the equipment or moves out of Oregon without returning the equipment.

(2) Stolen Equipment or Equipment Damaged by Acts of Nature or Disasters:

(a) If the equipment is stolen, a recipient must notify the local law enforcement agency within 24 hours of the time the recipient discovers the theft. A recipient must forward a copy of the police report to the Commission within five business days of the date the theft was reported. If the local law enforcement agency does not respond to the recipient’s theft report, the recipient must notify the Commission within five business days after the theft was reported. The recipient must forward a written report to the Commission that describes the theft and includes any witnesses’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers.

(b) If the equipment is stolen outside the United States, the recipient must submit a copy of the police report to the Commission within five business days of the date the theft was reported. If the local law enforcement agency does not respond to the recipient’s theft report, the recipient must notify the Commission within five business days after returning to Oregon. The recipient must forward to the Commission a written report that includes any witnesses’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers; and describes the theft.

(c) If the equipment is damaged due to acts of nature or disasters, including, but not limited to floods, storms or fire, the recipient must submit an insurance claim, fire department report, police report, or other equivalent documentation about the event within five business days after the date the event occurred.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 7-1988, f. & cert. ef. 4-6-88 (Order No. 88-339); PUC 5-1992, f. & cert. ef. 2-14-92 (Order No. 92-238); PUC 18-1997, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-97 Renumbered from 860-033-0535(5); PUC 19-2003, f. & cert. ef. 11-14-03; PUC 16-2004, f. & cert. ef. 12-1-04; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0537

Holding Recipients Financially Responsible for Damaged, Lost, or Otherwise Not Returned Assistive Telecommunication Devices or Adaptive Equipment

(1) Invoices:

(a) The Commission will mail an invoice indicating the amount of and the reason for such invoice to the responsible recipient at the last known address. The recipient has 30 calendar days from the service date of the invoice to respond.

(b) The invoiced recipient may submit a written response to the Commission in an attempt to resolve the invoice. At the Commission’s discretion, further investigation may be initiated. If the investigation finds that the invoice was issued in error (for example, there is no verifiable reason for the invoice having been sent), the invoice may be canceled.

(c) If the Commission does not receive payment, the Commission may begin the collection activities.

(d) Incorrect address: When an invoice or notice of proposed assessment is returned with an incorrect address and the invoiced recipient has not notified the Commission of an address change as required by the Conditions of Acceptance for TDAP Equipment, the amount billed to the recipient becomes a liquidated debt.

(2) Notice of Proposed Assessment:

(a) If the recipient does not respond to the invoice within 30 days from the service date of the invoice, the Commission may issue a written proposed assessment for the amount due.

(b) The recipient may pay the assessment in full within 30 days of the service date of the notice of proposed assessment or may file a written petition for a hearing within 30 days of the service date of the notice of proposed assessment. A written petition for a hearing must clearly specify all the reasons the recipient disputes the proposed assessments.

(A) If the recipient pays the proposed assessment in full within the 30 days of the service date of the notice of proposed assessment, the Commission will accept the payment and discontinue any further collection activities for that assessment.

(B) If the recipient timely files a written petition for a hearing as set forth in subsection (b) of this section of this rule, the Commission will grant the recipient a hearing and give at least 10 days notice of the time and place of the hearing. The Commission will conduct the hearing under its rules governing hearings and proceedings.

(3) Commission Order:

(a) The Commission will enter an order if the recipient does not respond to the notice of proposed assessment within 30 days of the service date of the notice of proposed assessment or after considering the testimony presented at hearing. Any charges assessed by the Commission in its order become due and payable on the tenth day after the service date of the Commission’s order.

(b) If the recipient does not respond to the order assessing charges, the account may be referred to the Department of Revenue or a collection agency for collection. The recipient is responsible for and must pay all costs incurred by the Commission to collect a past-due invoice amount from the recipient.

(4) Collection procedures for a recipient with two or more Assistive Telecommunication Devices or Adaptive Equipment units:

(a) The Commission will mail a letter to the recipient asking the recipient to return the equipment within 30 calendar days, and

(b) If the Commission does not receive a response, the Commission will send an invoice to the recipient. If the recipient does not pay the amount billed, the Commission may take the necessary action against the recipient to either regain possession of the State of Oregon’s equipment or receive the full replacement value of such equipment.

(5) When the Commission receives notice that a recipient is deceased, the Commission will request that the estate return the equipment. The Commission may bill the estate for the cost of replacing the equipment if it has not been returned, or if it is returned in damaged condition.

(6) If the lost, damaged, or otherwise not returned equipment is obsolete or is no longer offered by the TDAP, the Commission may waive the recipient’s financial responsibility.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 18-1997, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-97; PUC 12-1999, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-99; PUC 19-2003, f. & cert. ef. 11-14-03; PUC 16-2004, f. & cert. ef. 12-1-04; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 9-2011, f. & cert. ef. 10-4-11; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

860-033-0540

Distribution Procedures for Assistive Telecommunication Devices or Adaptive Equipment

(1) Subject to appropriation and approval of expenditures for Assistive Telecommunication Devices or Adaptive Equipment and services purchased by the Commission, the Commission may contract with any governmental agency or other entity to establish an Authorized Distributor network and an Authorized Maintenance Center network.

(2) If demand exceeds supply, the Commission may distribute Assistive Telecommunication Devices or Adaptive Equipment to customers on a first-come first-serve basis.

(3) Each Authorized Distributor must inform the Commission in writing of all incoming and outgoing shipments of Assistive Telecommunication Devices or Adaptive Equipment. The written information must include the serial numbers engraved by the Authorized Distributor.

(4) Upon notice from the Commission, the Authorized Distributor must distribute Assistive Telecommunication Devices or Adaptive Equipment to eligible applicants.

(5) The Authorized Distributor must require each recipient, including the parent or legal guardian, to sign the Conditions of Acceptance form supplied by the Commission before providing an Assistive Telecommunication Device or Adaptive Equipment unit. The Authorized Distributor and Authorized Maintenance Center must forward all forms to the Commission.

(6) If needed, the Commission may contract with an agency or individual to provide training on Assistive Telecommunication Devices or Adaptive Equipment to specialized populations.

(7) Recipients of Assistive Telecommunication Devices or Adaptive Equipment are responsible for replacement paper for the Assistive Telecommunication Device or Adaptive Equipment, the payment of the recipient’s monthly telephone bill, the purchase or lease cost of recipient’s telephone, the cost of replacement light bulbs for signal devices and batteries for the equipment.

(8) The Commission may require the Authorized Distributor to provide each recipient a copy of the OTAP application form, mailing forms for purchasing TTY paper, and telecommunications relay service information handouts.

(9) The recipient must return defective or damaged equipment to the Commission, at the Commission’s expense, prior to receiving repaired or replacement equipment. The Commission will decide whether to replace or to repair the damaged or defective equipment. The requirement to return defective or damaged equipment prior to receiving repaired or replaced equipment may be waived by the Commission.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183, 756, 759 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Stats. Implemented: ORS 756.040, 759.036 & 1987 OL Ch. 290

Hist.: PUC 7-1988, f. & cert. ef. 4-6-88 (Order No. 88-339); PUC 18-1989, f. & cert. ef. 12-14-89 (Order No. 89-1602); PUC 5-1992, f. & cert. ef. 2-14-92 (Order No. 92-238); PUC 18-1997, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-97; PUC 12-1999, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-99; PUC 16-2004, f. & cert. ef. 12-1-04; PUC 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-09; PUC 5-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-28-13 thru 12-24-13

Notes
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