4901:1-7-03 Toll presubscription.

(A) All local exchange carriers (LEC) shall charge intrastate intraLATA toll service providers or customers no more than five dollars and fifty cents for a manual, local presubscribed interexchange carrier (LPIC) change or no more than one dollar and twenty-five cents for an electronic LPIC change, except when a LEC establishes a company-specific, cost-based, intrastate LPIC rate, as outlined in paragraph (G) of this rule.

Whenever a LEC charges an intrastate intraLATA toll service provider for changing a customer's LPIC, such LEC may not charge the customer making the request for the same LPIC change.

An intrastate intraLATA toll service provider who is charged by the LEC providing presubscription for changing a customer's LPIC, may pass through to that customer no more than what it has been charged by such LEC.

(B) Charges other than the permitted LPIC change charge are explicitly prohibited from applying to any LPIC change.

(C) When a customer switches both the customer's interLATA presubscribed interexchange carrier (PIC) and LPIC at the same time, the LEC providing presubscription shall waive one-half of the applicable LPIC change charge without regard to whether the change was performed through manual or electronic means. This requirement to waive one-half of the applicable LPIC change charge does not apply when company-specific, cost-supported charges that account for the efficiencies of changing the customer's interLATA PIC and LPIC at the same time have been approved pursuant to paragraph (G) of this rule.

(D) When an intrastate intraLATA toll service provider electronically submits to a LEC a request to change a customer's LPIC, the LEC shall treat the LPIC change as an electronic LPIC change for customer billing purposes, regardless of any manual process that may be required or involved in carrying out the change.

(E) Paragraphs (A) to (D) of this rule also apply when the subscriber explicitly chooses no intrastate intraLATA toll service provider (NoLPIC).

(F) A new customer shall be permitted to make an initial LPIC selection, which may include choosing NoLPIC, free of charge at the time the customer initiates local service. If the customer is unable to make a selection at the time of initiation of local service, the ILEC offering presubscription shall read a random listing of all available toll service providers to aid in the customer's selection. If, after being read the list of all available toll service providers, the customer still does not make an LPIC selection, the ILEC shall inform the customer that unless a selection is made by the customer at the time local service is initiated, the LEC will, as a default, place the customer in a NoLPIC status. The requirement to read a random listing of all available toll service providers does not apply to CLECs, AT&T Ohio, and Frontier North Incorporated and any LEC that receives a federal waiver or forebearance from the equal access scripting requirement.

The LEC shall further inform the customer that until such time as the customer informs the LEC of the customer's LPIC selection, the customer will not have an intrastate intraLATA toll service provider and, as a result, will be required to dial a carrier access code to route an intrastate intraLATA toll call to the carrier of the customer's choice or make other arrangements. A customer making an LPIC selection after the time of local service initiation may be assessed an LPIC change charge subject to paragraphs (A) to (D) of this rule.

(G) A LEC demonstrating through a submitted cost study that the LPIC rates identified in paragraph (A) of this rule do not recover the costs incurred shall be permitted to file company-specific rates through the filing of a UNC case.

(H) Any LEC that has previously relied upon cost support to establish its tariffed LPIC change charge when such charge is below the safe harbor rates set forth in this rule and in effect as of the effective date of this rule may not increase its LPIC change charge without first providing cost support justifying the increase.

Effective: 03/02/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/19/2012 and 11/19/2017
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 4901.13 , 4927.03
Rule Amplifies: 4901.13 , 4927.04
Prior Effective Dates: 11/30/2007