MONOPOLIES AND TRADE PRACTICES
CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT
48-603D. Unfair telephone services — Unordered goods and services — Disclosure to consumers. (1) As used in this section:
(a) "Telecommunications provider" means a person that provides telecommunications service.
(b) "Telecommunications service" means the offering for sale of the conveyance of voice, data or other information at any frequency over any part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Telecommunications service does not include cable television service or broadcast service.
(c) "Telecommunications service agreement" means a contract between the telecommunications provider and a consumer for telecommunications service that is provided to the consumer on a continuing or periodic basis. The term includes an oral, written, or electronically recorded contract, and includes any material amendment to an existing contract.
(2) (a) Section 48-605, Idaho Code, notwithstanding, it is unlawful for a telecommunications provider to request a change in a consumer’s local exchange or interexchange carrier without the consumer’s verified consent.
(b) For purposes of subsection (2)(a) of this section:
(i) It is the responsibility of the telecommunications provider requesting a change in a telephone service subscriber’s local exchange or interexchange carrier to verify that the consumer has authorized the change. A telecommunications provider that does not verify a consumer’s change in his or her local exchange or interexchange carrier in accordance with the verification procedures, if any, adopted by the federal communications commission under the telecommunications act of 1996, including subpart K of 47 CFR 64, as those procedures are from time to time amended, commits an unlawful practice within the meaning of this act. A telephone company, wireless carrier or telecommunications carrier providing local exchange service who has been requested by another telecommunications provider to process a change in a consumer’s carrier is only liable under this section if it knowingly participates in processing a requested change that is unauthorized or not properly verified; and
(ii) Compliance with applicable federal verification procedures is a complete defense to an allegation of consumer fraud under subsection (2)(a) of this section.
(3) (a) Section 48-605, Idaho Code, notwithstanding, it is unlawful for a telecommunications provider to bill a consumer for goods or services that are in addition to the consumer’s telecommunications services without the consumer’s authorization adding the goods or services to the consumer’s service order.
(b) For purposes of subsection (3)(a) of this section, a telephone company or telecommunications carrier providing billing services for another telecommunications provider is only liable under this section if it knowingly participates in billing a consumer for goods or services without the consumer’s authorization for the addition of those goods or services to the consumer’s service order.
(4) (a) A telecommunications provider shall be solely responsible for providing written notice to a consumer who has agreed to enter into a telecommunications service agreement with the telecommunications provider.
(b) The notice shall clearly and conspicuously disclose to the consumer that the consumer’s local exchange or interexchange carrier has been changed. The notice shall also advise the consumer that the consumer may change back to the previous carrier or select a new carrier by calling the previous carrier or the consumer’s preferred carrier. The notice shall also provide the consumer with a toll-free number to call for further information.
(c) The notice shall be sent on or before the fifteenth day after the consumer enters into the telecommunications service agreement, or on or before the day the telecommunications provider first bills the consumer under the agreement, whichever is later.
(d) The notice must be a separate document sent for the sole purpose of advising the consumer of his or her entering into a telecommunications service agreement. The notice shall also not be combined with any sweepstakes entry form in the same document or other like inducement.
(e) The sending of this notice shall not constitute a defense to a charge that a consumer did not consent to enter into a telecommunications service agreement or that the consumer’s consent was verified according to federal law.
(f) Compliance with the notification requirements, if any, adopted by the federal communications commission under the telecommunications act of 1996, including subpart K of 47 CFR 64, shall be deemed to be compliance with this subsection.
(g) A consumer who selects a different carrier within three (3) days after receiving the notice under subsection (4)(a) of this section may not be charged a cancellation charge or disconnect fee unless the consumer has more than five (5) telephone lines and has entered into a written agreement which specifies such charges and fees, and the telecommunications provider has complied with the verification procedures under subsection (2)(b) of this section.
[48-603D, added 1998, ch. 274, sec. 1, p. 904.]