senate Bill S51

Prohibits the imposition of additional charges for unlisted telephone numbers or private numbers

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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Summary

Prohibits the imposition of additional charges for unlisted telephone numbers or private numbers.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6209
Versions:
S51
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง92-g, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S5416, A7980

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S51

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-g 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:
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.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   51

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations

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-g to read as follows:
  S 92-G.  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.
                                                           LBD00169-01-1

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