Title 46, Chapter 5, Section 162
As used in this article, the term:
(1) "Alternative regulation" means a form of regulation pursuant
to which the rates, terms, and conditions for telecommunications
services provided by a local exchange company are set pursuant to
the rules specified in this article.
(2) "Basic local exchange services" or "universal access local
exchange services" mean the provision to residential and single
line business customers in Georgia of services composed of a touch
tone switched access line and dial tone, of a quality sufficient
for two way voice and 9600 baud data/fax communications. This
service shall include 1+ dialing for access to competitive
providers of telecommunications services by January 1, 1997. The
elements of universal access local exchange services are subject
to subsequent review and modification by the commission.
(3) "Caller identification service" means a type of telephone
service which permits telephone customers to see the telephone
number of incoming telephone calls.
(4) "Commission" means the Georgia Public Service Commission.
(5) "Electing company" means a local exchange company subject to
the alternative regulation described in this article.
(6) "Fund" means the Universal Access Fund created in Code Section 46-5-167.
(7) "Gross domestic product-price index" or "GDP-PI" means the
gross domestic product fixed weight price index calculated by the
United States Department of Commerce.
(8) "Interconnection service" means the service of providing
access to a local exchange company's facilities for the purpose of
enabling another telecommunications company to originate or
terminate telecommunications service.
(9) "Local calling area" means the geographic area encompassing
one or more local exchanges as described in commission orders or
in maps, tariffs, and rate schedules reviewed and approved by the
(10) "Local exchange company" means a telecommunications company
authorized to provide local exchange service as described in this
article. For purposes of this article, there shall be two
categories of local exchange companies:
(A) Tier 1 companies are those companies with 2 million or more
access lines within Georgia holding a certificate of public
convenience and necessity issued by the commission; and
(B) Tier 2 companies are those companies with less than 2
million access lines within Georgia holding a certificate of
public convenience and necessity issued by the commission.
(11) "Local exchange services" means services offered for the
transmission and utilization of two-way interactive communications
and associated usage with the local calling area.
(12) "Local interconnection services" means that part of switched
interconnection service provided for the purpose of originating or
terminating a call which originates and terminates within the
local calling area.
(13) "Portability" means the technical capability that permits a
customer to retain the same local number at the same customer
location regardless of the provider of the local exchange service.
(14) "Switched access" means that part of switched interconnection
service provided for the purpose of originating or terminating a
(15) "Switched interconnection service" means that part of
interconnection service which utilizes the local exchange
company's switching facilities to provide line or trunkside access
or both to the local exchange company's end office or tandem
switches for the purpose of originating and terminating the
telecommunications services of other telecommunications companies.
(16) "Tariff" means the schedule or other writing filed with the
commission that describes the rates, terms, and conditions of
certain telecommunications services provided by the
(17) "Telecommunications company" means any person, firm,
partnership, corporation, association, or municipal, county, or
local governmental entity offering telecommunications services to
the public for hire.
(18) "Telecommunications services" means the services for the
transmission of two-way interactive communications to the public
for hire. For purposes of illustration, the term
"telecommunications services" includes without limitation local
exchange services and interconnection services.
(19) "Toll service" means the transmission of two-way interactive
switched communications between local calling areas.
(20) "Universal access provider" means a local exchange company
that is obligated to provide basic local exchange service in all
of its local calling areas in response to reasonable requests for
such service and which, in consideration of such obligation, may
have its rates for local switched interconnection service
established as provided in this article.