PUBLIC UTILITY REGULATION
TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICES
61-1305. Participation in program. (1) All telephone corporations providing basic local exchange service within the state of Idaho and all telephone corporations providing intrastate message telecommunications service within the state of Idaho, including those otherwise exempt from the jurisdiction of the commission pursuant to section 61-104, Idaho Code, and those providing local exchange services or message telecommunications services pursuant to the telecommunications act of 1988, chapter 6, title 62, Idaho Code, shall except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, provide TRS in accordance with the program established by the commission, and shall pay into the telecommunications relay services fund such sums as may represent the telephone corporation’s share of the cost of the program, based upon an allocation methodology duly adopted by the commission in accordance with its rulemaking procedures.
(2) The commission shall permit a telephone corporation to provide telecommunications relay services to its customers by a TRS provider other than the provider approved by the commission and shall waive the telephone corporation’s obligation to participate in the program if the commission finds, upon application by a telephone corporation, that the following facts exist:
(a) The telephone corporation will continue to meet its obligation to its Idaho customers in accordance with the standards set forth in the Americans with disabilities act; and
(b) The nonparticipation of such telephone corporation will not substantially impair the operation or provision of TRS pursuant to the program adopted by the commission.
(3) Each telephone corporation subject in whole or in part to the commission’s ratemaking authority may apply to the commission for authority to increase its rates and charges in an amount not to exceed its payments to the telecommunications relay services fund pursuant to this chapter or the costs it incurs in providing TRS through an alternative TRS provider as authorized by the commission pursuant to subsection (2) of this section. Such applications shall plainly state the amount of the proposed increase, its manner of calculation, and the proposed recovery method, but shall not require a full cost-of-service filing or general ratemaking presentation. The commission shall promptly consider and act upon such applications.
[61-1305, added 1992, ch. 148, sec. 1, p. 446.]