(A) This rule is limited to the commission's administration and enforcement of the assessment for the intrastate telecommunications relay service (TRS) in accordance with section 4905.84 of the Revised Code.
(B) For the purpose of funding the TRS, the commission shall collect an assessment to pay for the costs incurred by the TRS provider for providing the service in Ohio, from each service provider that is required under federal law to provide its customers access to TRS, including telephone companies, wireless service providers, resellers of wireless service, and providers of advanced services or internet protocol-enabled services that are competitive with or functionally equivalent to voice-grade, end user access lines, and other telecommunications services that are competitive with or functionally equivalent to voice-grade, end user access lines in the event such provider is subsequently required under federal law to provide its customers access to TRS. For purposes of this rule, advanced services and internet protocol-enabled services have the meanings ascribed to them by federal law, including federal regulations.
(C) Each service provider identified in paragraph (B) of this rule shall be assessed by the commission by taking the TRS appropriation and applying a credit which reflects over collected or under collected monies from the previous year to obtain the total amount to be assessed which is then divided by the total number of lines reported on the TRS reports for that year resulting in a rate per line. The rate per line is then multiplied by the number of lines per service provider, as reported on the annual TRS reports, which results in a billed amount per company. In accordance with division (C) of section 4905.84 of the Revised Code, the billed amount will necessarily vary by year as the appropriation amount, number of service providers, and number of lines in service change per year.
(D) To determine the assessment amount owed by each provider the commission staff shall use the number of voice-grade, end user access lines, or their equivalent, as reflected in each provider's most recent federal communications commission form 477, where applicable. All providers shall submit to the commission staff, on a semi-annual basis, a completed form, as prescribed by the commission staff, which contains the number of the provider's retail customer access lines or their equivalent.
(E) Sixty days prior to the date each service provider is required to make its assessment payment in accordance with paragraph (C) of this rule, the commission staff shall notify each service provider of its proportionate share of the costs to compensate the TRS provider.
(F) The commission staff shall annually reconcile the funds collected with the actual costs of providing TRS when it issues the assessment in accordance with paragraph (E) of this rule and shall either proportionately charge the service providers for any amounts not sufficient to cover the actual costs or proportionately credit amounts collected in excess of the actual costs.
(G) In accordance with division (C) of section 4905.84 of the Revised Code, each service provider that pays the assessment shall be permitted to recover the cost of the assessment. The method of the recovery may include, but is not limited to, a customer billing surcharge. Any telephone company, other than a wireless service provider, that proposes a customer billing surcharge or a change in the surcharge shall file a zero-day notice filing (ZTA) with the commission, in accordance with rule 4901:1-6-04 of the Administrative Code. The ZTA will take effect on the same day the filing is made in accordance with paragraph (B) of rule 4901:1-6-05 of the Administrative Code. Each regulated provider imposing a surcharge on its customers must provide notice to its customers a minimum of fifteen days prior to the effective date of the surcharge in accordance with rule 4901:1-6-07 of the Administrative Code.
(H) In accordance with division (D) of section 4905.84 of the Revised Code, the commission shall take such measures as it considers necessary to protect the confidentiality of information provided pursuant to paragraph (D) of this rule.
(I) The commission may direct the attorney general to bring an action for immediate injunction or other appropriate relief to enforce commission orders and to secure immediate compliance with this rule.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 3/2/2018 and 05/14/2023
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 4905.84, 4901.13
Rule Amplifies: 4905.84, 4927.15
Prior Effective Dates: 1/20/11