S.B. 199





Chief Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

House Sponsor: Ryan D. Wilcox

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends the emergency telephone service law.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    defines a term;
             13          .    addresses duties and liabilities of a voice over Internet protocol service provider;
             14      and
             15          .    makes technical and conforming changes.
             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22           69-2-2 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 369
             23           69-2-7 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 1996, Chapter 86
             24           69-2-8 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 1996, Chapter 86
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 69-2-2 is amended to read:

             28           69-2-2. Definitions.
             29          As used in this chapter:
             30          (1) "911 emergency telephone service" means a communication system which provides
             31      citizens with rapid direct access to public emergency operation centers by dialing the telephone
             32      number "911" with the objective of reducing the response time to situations requiring law
             33      enforcement, fire, medical, rescue, and other emergency services.
             34          (2) "Local exchange service" means the provision of public telecommunications
             35      services by a wireline common carrier to customers within a geographic area encompassing one
             36      or more local communities as described in the carrier's service territory maps, tariffs, price
             37      lists, or rate schedules filed with and approved by the Public Service Commission.
             38          (3) "Local exchange service switched access line" means the transmission facility and
             39      local switching equipment used by a wireline common carrier to connect a customer location to
             40      a carrier's local exchange switching network for providing two-way interactive voice, or voice
             41      capable, services.
             42          (4) "Mobile telecommunications service" is as defined in Section 54-8b-2 .
             43          (5) "Public agency" means any county, city, town, special service district, or public
             44      authority located within the state which provides or has authority to provide fire fighting, law
             45      enforcement, ambulance, medical, or other emergency services.
             46          (6) "Public safety agency" means a functional division of a public agency which
             47      provides fire fighting, law enforcement, medical, or other emergency services.
             48          (7) "Public safety answering point" means a facility that:
             49          (a) is equipped and staffed under the authority of a political subdivision; and
             50          (b) receives 911 calls, other calls for emergency services, and asynchronous event
             51      notifications for a defined geographic area.
             52          (8) "Radio communications access line" means the radio equipment and assigned
             53      customer identification number used to connect a mobile or fixed radio customer in Utah to a
             54      radio communication service provider's network for two-way interactive voice, or voice
             55      capable, services.
             56          (9) "Radio communications service" means a public telecommunications service
             57      providing the capability of two-way interactive telecommunications between mobile and fixed
             58      radio customers, and between mobile or fixed radio customers and the local exchange service

             59      network customers of a wireline common carrier. Radio communications service providers
             60      include corporations, persons or entities offering cellular telephone service, enhanced
             61      specialized mobile radio service, rural radio service, radio common carrier services, personal
             62      communications services, and any equivalent wireless public telecommunications service, as
             63      defined in 47 CFR, parts 20, 22, 24, and 90.
             64          (10) "Voice over Internet protocol service" is as defined in Section 54-19-102 .
             65          [(10)] (11) "Wireline common carrier" means a public telecommunications service
             66      provider that primarily uses metallic or nonmetallic cables and wires for connecting customers
             67      to its local exchange service networks.
             68          Section 2. Section 69-2-7 is amended to read:
             69           69-2-7. Limitation of duties and liabilities.
             70          Except as provided in Section 69-2-8 , nothing contained in this chapter imposes any
             71      duties or liabilities beyond those otherwise specified by law upon any provider of local
             72      exchange service, radio communications service, voice over Internet protocol service, or
             73      terminal equipment needed to implement 911 emergency telephone service.
             74          Section 3. Section 69-2-8 is amended to read:
             75           69-2-8. Liabilities of providers.
             76          (1) A provider of local exchange service [or], radio communications service, or voice
             77      over Internet protocol service may by tariff or agreement with a customer provide for the
             78      customer's release of any claim, suit, or demand against the provider based upon a disclosure or
             79      a nondisclosure of an unlisted or nonpublished telephone number and address, and the related
             80      address, if a call for any 911 emergency telephone service is made from the customer's
             81      telephone.
             82          (2) A provider of local exchange service, radio communications service, voice over
             83      Internet protocol service, or telephone terminal equipment needed to implement or enhance 911
             84      emergency telephone service, and their employees and agents, are not liable for any damages in
             85      a civil action for injuries, death, or loss to person or property incurred as a result of any act or
             86      omission of the provider, employee, or agent, in connection with developing, adopting,
             87      implementing, maintaining, enhancing, or operating a 911 emergency telephone service, except
             88      for damages or injury intentionally caused by or resulting from gross negligence of the provider
             89      or person.

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    as of 2-14-14 3:20 PM

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