Prohibits the imposition of additional charges for unlisted telephone numbers or private numbers.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to prohibiting certain additional charges for unlisted telephone numbers
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require that individuals are charged no more for an unlisted telephone number than a listed phone number.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends the Public Service law by adding section 92-h providing that no telephone corporation or provider or any person, firm or corporation acting as an agent or representative of a telephone corporation or provider shall impose any additional charge for unlisted telephone numbers over and above the customary charges imposed by that telephone corporation or provider for listed telephone numbers, Additionally, it provides that fee be associated with unlisting, or making private, an existing telephone number.
JUSTIFICATION: Unlisted numbers are generally preferred by those who have a concern about privacy and further by those who prefer to not receive phone calls for purposes of solicitation, "Do not call" lists are effective for many, but they do not fully remove nuisance or protect the privacy of all telephone line subscribers. Phone companies are able to charge upwards of four dollars per month to maintain an unlisted number for residential accounts. There should be no assessed fee to either subscribe to a new unlisted line, or make a currently "listed" line unlisted. Further, a monthly line charge for unlisted lines should not be any higher than the customary fee for a listed or published line.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012:Referred to Energy and Telecommunications 2009-10: S.5416 (Squadron) - Energy and Telecommunications, A.7980 (Kavanagh) - Corporations, Authorities and Commissions.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become law; provided that the public service commission is authorized to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take any other measures necessary to implement section one of this act on its effective date on or before such date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 227--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni- cations -- recommitted to the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni- cations in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to prohibiting certain additional charges for unlisted telephone numbers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public service law is amended by adding a new section 92-h to read as follows: S 92-H. TELEPHONE SERVICE; CHARGES. NO TELEPHONE CORPORATION OR PROVIDER OR ANY PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION ACTING AS AN AGENT OR REPRE- SENTATIVE OF A TELEPHONE CORPORATION OR PROVIDER SHALL IMPOSE ANY ADDI- TIONAL CHARGE FOR UNLISTED TELEPHONE NUMBERS OVER AND ABOVE THE CUSTOM- ARY CHARGES IMPOSED BY THAT TELEPHONE CORPORATION OR PROVIDER FOR LISTED TELEPHONE NUMBERS, NOR SHOULD ANY FEE BE ASSOCIATED WITH MAKING PRIVATE A TELEPHONE NUMBER THAT IS PUBLIC. IN CONSTRUING AND ENFORCING THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, THE ACT OF ANY PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION ACTING AS AN AGENT OR REPRESENTATIVE OF A TELEPHONE CORPORATION SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE THE ACT OF SUCH TELEPHONE CORPORATION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law; provided that the public service commission is authorized to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take any other measures necessary to implement section one of this act on its effective date on or before such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00265-02-4