CHAPTER 518a
EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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Sec. 28-28a. Subscriber information to be provided. Immunity from liability.
Sec. 28-30b. Definitions.
Sec. 28-30c. Active prepaid wireless telephone service providers. Assessment of subscriber fee.
Sec. 28-30d. VOIP service providers. Assessment of subscriber fee.

      Sec. 28-28a. Subscriber information to be provided. Immunity from liability. A telephone company or voice over Internet protocol service provider, as defined in section 28-30b, shall forward to any public safety answering point or other answering point equipped for enhanced 9-1-1 service the telephone number and street address of any telephone used to place a 9-1-1 call, provided a voice over Internet protocol service provider shall be in compliance with this section if the provider complies with the requirements for forwarding such information contained in 47 CFR 9 and this chapter provided the provisions of this chapter are not addressed by, or are not inconsistent with, federal law or regulations, regarding the provision of enhanced 9-1-1 service in the state of Connecticut. Subscriber information provided in accordance with this section shall be used only for the purpose of responding to emergency calls or for the investigation of false or intentionally misleading reports of incidents requiring emergency service. No telephone company or its agents and no voice over Internet protocol service provider or its agents shall be liable to any person who uses the enhanced 9-1-1 service established under sections 28-25, 28-25a, 28-25b, 28-26, 28-27, 28-27a, and 28-28, this section and sections 28-28b, 28-29, 28-29a and 28-29b for release of the information specified in this section or for any failure of equipment or procedure in connection with enhanced 9-1-1 service.

      (P.A. 84-416, S. 8, 15; P.A. 90-230, S. 46, 101; P.A. 07-106, S. 5.)

      History: P.A. 90-230 deleted internal references; P.A. 07-106 required voice over Internet protocol service providers to comply with section, provided them immunity from liability and added provision re providers' compliance with federal law, effective July 1, 2007.

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      Sec. 28-30b. Definitions. As used in sections 28-30b to 28-30d, inclusive:

      (1) "Active prepaid wireless telephone service" means a prepaid wireless telephone service that has an account that has a positive balance greater than or equivalent to the fee to fund the enhanced emergency 9-1-1 program pursuant to section 16-256g.

      (2) "Prepaid wireless telephone service" means a wireless telephone service that is activated in advance by payment for a finite dollar amount of service or for a finite set of minutes that terminate either upon use by a subscriber and delivery by the wireless provider of an agreed upon amount of service corresponding to the total dollar amount paid in advance or within a certain period of time following the initial purchase or activation, unless additional payments are made.

      (3) "Mobile telephone number" or "MTN" means the telephone number assigned to a wireless telephone at the time of activation.

      (4) "Voice over Internet protocol service" or "VOIP" means a service that has the following characteristics: (A) Enables real-time, two-way voice communication; (B) requires a broadband connection from the users' locations; (C) requires IP-compatible customer premises equipment; and (D) allows subscribers generally to receive calls that originate on the public switched telephone network and to terminate calls on the public switched telephone.

      (5) "Voice over Internet protocol service provider" or "VOIP service provider" means a company that provides VOIP telephone service.

      (P.A. 07-106, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 07-106 effective July 1, 2007.

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      Sec. 28-30c. Active prepaid wireless telephone service providers. Assessment of subscriber fee. Each active prepaid wireless telephone service provider shall assess a fee against each subscriber to fund the enhanced emergency 9-1-1 program in accordance with section 16-256g. Each active prepaid wireless telephone service provider shall remit each month to the office of the State Treasurer for deposit in the Enhanced 9-1-1 Telecommunications Fund, established pursuant to section 28-30a one of the following: The fee described in subdivision (1) of this section or the amount determined pursuant to subdivision (2) of this section.

      (1) Such fee shall be remitted based upon each prepaid wireless telephone number or account associated with this state, for each prepaid wireless telephone service subscriber that has a positive balance greater than or equivalent to the fee to fund the enhanced emergency 9-1-1 program pursuant to section 16-256g as of the last day of each month. Such fee shall be collected from the subscriber in any manner consistent with the wireless telephone provider's existing operating or technological abilities, such as subscriber address, location associated with the MTN or other reasonable allocation method based upon comparable relevant data. The fee or an equivalent number of minutes may be deducted from the subscriber's account if direct billing is not practicable. Collection of the fee by reduction of value or minutes from the prepaid subscriber's account does not constitute a reduction in the sales prices for purposes of the taxes that are collected at the point of sale.

      (2) An amount shall be remitted each month that is determined by dividing the total of earned prepaid wireless telephone services revenue received through the end of the month from the prepaid wireless telephone service accounts with an assigned telephone number associated with this state by forty and multiplying the result by the amount of the fee.

      (P.A. 07-106, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 07-106 effective July 1, 2007.

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      Sec. 28-30d. VOIP service providers. Assessment of subscriber fee. Each VOIP service provider shall assess a monthly fee against each subscriber to fund the enhanced emergency 9-1-1 program in accordance with section 16-256g. Each such provider shall comply with all of the requirements of 47 CFR 9 and this chapter, provided the provisions of this chapter are not addressed by, or not inconsistent with, federal law or regulations, regarding the provision of enhanced 9-1-1 services in the state of Connecticut. Such fee shall be collected from the subscriber in any manner consistent with the voice over Internet protocol provider's existing operating or technological abilities and remitted to the office of the State Treasurer for deposit into the Enhanced 9-1-1 Telecommunications Fund established pursuant to section 28-30a not later than the fifteenth day of each month.

      (P.A. 07-106, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 07-106 effective July 1, 2007.

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