senate Bill S227A

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

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 28 / Mar / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 28 / Mar / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 227A

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:
A2698A
Versions:
S227
S227A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง92-h, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S51, A6209
2009-2010: S5416, A7980

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S227A

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.

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

                                 227--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (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

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