The commission shall, by rule or order, adopt and enforce operating requirements applicable to operator-assisted telephone services, whether furnished by a telephone corporation or other than a telephone corporation, for nonpublic utility providers of telephone services, including, but not limited to, hotels, motels, hospitals, universities, and similar places of temporary accommodation owning or operating message switching or billing equipment solely for the purpose of reselling services provided by a telephone corporation to its patients or guests. These operating requirements shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(a) That there be displayed or posted on or near the telephone equipment so as to be easily seen by telephone users a notice stating the identity of the nonpublic utility provider of the telephone services; the method for obtaining the rates, terms, or conditions of operator-assisted services; the operator-assisted services provider’s procedures for handling complaints; the means by which the telephone user may gain access to other providers of operator-assisted services; and the means by which the telephone user may gain access to the services of the telephone corporation operating within the service area within which the telephone services of the nonpublic utility provider are furnished. The notice shall also provide the telephone number of the Consumer Affairs Division of the commission to which questions or complaints may be directed.
(b) That, when contacted for service by the telephone user, the operator-assisted services provider orally identify itself by name prior to the connection of the telephone call or the commencement of any charges.
(c) That the telephone equipment permit access by the telephone user to any other provider of operator-assisted services generally available in the service area.
(d) Any other operating requirement determined necessary and in the public interest by the commission.
(Added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 1014, Sec. 2.)
Last modified: October 25, 2018