(A) An application made to the director of commerce for a video service authorization under section 1332.24 of the Revised Code shall require and contain only the following:
(1) Specification of the location of the applicant's principal place of business and the names of the applicant's principal executive officers;
(2) Specification of the geographic and political boundaries of the applicant's proposed video service area;
(3) A general description of the type or types of technologies the applicant will use to deliver the video programming, which may include wireline, wireless, or any other alternative technology, subject, as applicable, to section 1332.29 of the Revised Code;
(4) An attestation that the applicant has filed or will timely file with the federal communications commission all forms required by that agency in advance of offering video service in this state;
(5) An attestation that the applicant will comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws;
(6) An attestation that the applicant is legally, financially, and technically qualified to provide video service;
(7) A description of the applicant's customer complaint handling process, including policies on addressing customer service issues, billing adjustments, and communication with government officials regarding customer complaints, and a local or toll-free telephone number at which a customer may contact the applicant.
(B) For the purpose of division (A)(2) of this section:
(1) The video service areas of video service providers may overlap.
(2) A specified video service area shall be coextensive with municipal, township unincorporated area, or county boundaries, except as authorized under division (B)(3) or (4) of this section, but nothing in sections 1332.21 to 1332.34 of the Revised Code shall require a video service provider to provide access to video service within the entire video service area.
(3) The specified video service area of a person using telecommunications facilities to provide video service on September 24, 2007, or of any other person later so using telecommunications facilities shall be the geographic area in which the person offers basic local exchange service.
(4) Subject to division (C)(2) of section 1332.27 of the Revised Code, the specified video service area of an applicant cable operator that offers service under a franchise in effect on September 24, 2007, initially shall be, at minimum, the franchise area established under that franchise.
(C) A video service provider shall immediately file an application to amend its video service authorization with the director to reflect any change in the information required under division (A)(1), (2), or (3) of this section. An amendment pursuant to division (A)(2) of this section shall include any new delivery technology information required by division (A)(3) of this section.
(D) Within thirty days after its filing or within thirty days after the filing of supplemental information necessary to make it complete, the director shall determine the completeness of an application filed under division (A) or (C) of this section relative to the respective requirements of divisions (A), (B), and (C) of this section and, as applicable, shall notify the applicant of an incompleteness determination, state the bases for that determination, and inform the applicant that it may resubmit a corrected application. The director shall issue a video service authorization, authorization renewal, or amended authorization within fifteen days after the director's determination that the filed application is complete.
If the director does not notify the applicant regarding the completeness of the application within the time period specified in this division or does not issue the authorization requested by a completed application within the applicable time period, the application shall be deemed complete, and the authorization or amended authorization deemed issued on the forty-fifth day after the application's filing date.
(E) An applicant shall pay a two thousand dollar nonrefundable fee for each application filed under division (A) of this section and a one hundred dollar nonrefundable fee for each application to amend filed under division (C) of this section. Fees collected under this division shall be deposited to the credit of the video service authorization fund in the state treasury, which is hereby created, to be used by the department of commerce in carrying out its duties under sections 1332.21 to 1332.34 of the Revised Code.
(1) No video service provider shall identify or make reference to an application fee under division (E) of this section on any subscriber bill or in conjunction with charging any fee to the subscriber.
(2) A video service provider may identify or make reference on a subscriber bill to an assessment under section 1332.24 of the Revised Code only if the provider opts to pass the cost of the assessment onto subscribers.
(G) An applicant may identify any information in its application as trade secret information, and if, upon its written request to the director, the director reasonably affirms all or part of that information as trade secret information, the information so affirmed does not constitute a public record for the purpose of section 149.43 of the Revised Code.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9,HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.
Effective Date: 2007 SB117 09-24-2007