COUNTIES AND COUNTY LAW
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS ACT
31-4802. Definitions. As used in this chapter:
(1) "Access line" means any telephone line, trunk line, network access register, dedicated radio signal, or equivalent that provides switched telecommunications access to a consolidated emergency communications system from either a service address or a place of primary use within this state. In the case of wireless technology, each active dedicated telephone number shall be considered a single access line.
(2) "Administrator" means the person, officer or agency designated to operate a consolidated emergency communications system, and to receive funds for such an operation.
(3) "Basic consolidated emergency system" means consolidated emergency systems that are not enhanced.
(4) "Consolidated emergency communications system" means facilities, equipment and dispatching services directly related to establishing, maintaining, or enhancing a 911 emergency communications service.
(5) "District interoperability governance board" (DIGB) means any one (1) of the six (6) regional governing bodies, comprised of representatives and organized to provide input to the Idaho public safety communications commission regarding the commission’s objectives and regarding consolidated emergency communications and interoperable public safety communications and data systems for the agencies and organizations within its own geographic area. District one includes the area composed of Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone counties. District two includes the area composed of Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce counties. District three includes the area composed of Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington counties. District four includes the area composed of Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls counties. District five includes the area composed of Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Butte, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power counties. District six includes the area composed of Bonneville, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison and Teton counties.
(6) "Emergency communications fee" means the fee provided for in section 31-4803, Idaho Code.
(7) "Enhanced consolidated emergency system" means consolidated emergency systems that provide enhanced wireless 911 service and include, but are not limited to, the technological capability to provide call back numbers, cell site locations, and the location of calls by latitude and longitude and made through the systems of wireless carriers.
(8) "Governing board" means the joint powers board if the 911 service area is a multicounty area, or the board of county commissioners of the county or the city council if the 911 service area is a city, or both the board of county commissioners and the city council if the 911 service area includes both city and county residents but not the entire county.
(9) "Governor’s appointment" means the power and procedures of the governor to appoint members to statewide commissions as provided for in section 67-802, Idaho Code.
(10) "Interconnected" means the ability of the user to receive calls from and terminate calls to the public switched telephone network (PSTN)or emergency services internet protocol network (ESInet), including commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) networks.
(11) "Interconnected VoIP service" means a service bearing the following characteristics:
(a) The service enables real-time, two-way voice communications;
(b) The service requires a broadband connection from the user’s location;
(c) The service requires IP-compatible customer premises equipment; and
(d) The service permits users to receive calls that originate on the public switched telephone network (PSTN) or ESInet and to terminate calls on the PSTN or ESInet.
(12) "Interconnected VoIP service line" means an interconnected VoIP service that offers an active telephone number, or successor dialing protocol assigned by a VoIP provider to a VoIP service customer number that has an outbound calling capability of directly accessing a public safety answering point.
(13) "Interoperable public safety communications and data systems" means facilities, equipment, networks, services, software and infrastructure directly related to establishing, maintaining or enhancing systems to exchange voice, video or other public safety data, to include future technology advancements.
(14) "Interoperability" means the ability of public safety service and support providers, law enforcement, public utilities, transportation and others to communicate when necessary with staff from other responding agencies, and to exchange voice, video, and data on demand, in real time, and when authorized.
(15) "Next generation consolidated emergency system" or "NG911" means consolidated emergency communications systems that provide an internet protocol (IP) based system of managed emergency services IP networks (ESInets), functional elements (applications), and databases that replicate traditional E911 features and functions and provide additional capabilities. NG911 is designed to provide access to emergency services from all connected communications sources and to provide multimedia data capabilities for public safety answering points (PSAPs) and other emergency service organizations through current and emerging technology systems.
(16) "911 service area" means a regional, multicounty, county or area other than a whole county in which area the residents have voted to establish a consolidated emergency communications system.
(17) "Place of primary use" means the residential street address or the primary business street address in Idaho where the customer’s use of the wireless or VoIP service primarily occurs. For the purposes of 911 fees imposed upon interconnected VoIP service lines, the place of primary use shall be the customer’s registered location on the date the customer is billed.
(18) "Public safety communications and data systems" refers to the general systematic ability of people or entities to communicate or manage data with other people or entities using technology for the purpose of reporting and responding to situations that require a public safety response. This term does not refer to any existing state agency, division or office, building, network, personnel, or fund and is not related to the Idaho military division’s unit of public safety communications.
(19) "Public safety communications stakeholders" means any city, county, fire district, ambulance district, and the state.
(20) "Telecommunications provider" means any person or entity providing:
(a) Exchange telephone service to a service address within this state; or
(b) Any wireless carrier providing telecommunications service to any customer having a place of primary use within this state; or
(c) Interconnected VoIP service to any customer having a place of primary use within this state; or
(d) A provider of any other communications service that connects an individual having either a service address or a place of primary use within this state to an established public safety answering point by dialing 911.
(21) "VoIP service provider" means any person or entity providing interconnected voice over internet protocol (VoIP) service.
(22) "Wireless carrier" means a cellular licensee, a personal communications service licensee, and certain specialized mobile radio providers designated as covered carriers by the federal communications commission in 47 CFR 20.18 and any successor to such rule.
[31-4802, added 1988, ch. 348, sec. 1, p. 1027; am. 1990, ch. 200, sec. 2, p. 450; am. 1994, ch. 86, sec. 1, p. 203; am. 2003, ch. 290, sec. 2, p. 786; am. 2007, ch. 340, sec. 2, p. 996; am. 2016, ch. 127, sec. 2, p. 365.]