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(a) In this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise,
(1) "basic TRS" means the minimum operational, technical, and functional standards, and the services and programs required by 3 AAC 51.020(e) ;
(2) "billable minute" or "billable minute of use" means the time period measured in minutes beginning from the point when a communication assistant connects to an incoming relay call until the moment the communication assistant disconnects from the last party to the call; "billable minute"
(A) includes incomplete calls that do not reach the intended party, such as a busy signal, no answer, or wrong number; and
(B) does not include the time in queue, such as the incoming call is ringing or the time waiting for the call to connect to the communication assistant;
(3) "immediately available money" means a corporate or personal check drawn on a bank account for which money is available for use by the receiving party on the same day that the check is received and includes United States Federal Reserve Bank wire transfers, United States currency, and United States Postal Money Orders;
(4) "monthly revenue requirement" means the product of the number of billable minutes of use for a given month times the TRS provider's billable minute-of-use rate as specified in its application to provide TRS;
(5) "multi-line business subscriber" means a business subscriber that maintains more than one business telephone line from a local exchange carrier within the subscriber's serving area;
(6) "optional services" means a TRS that is not included in basic TRS;
(7) "single-line business subscriber" means a business subscriber that maintains only one business telephone line from a local exchange carrier within the subscriber's serving area;
(8) "surcharge" means the rate set by the commission to recover an estimated monthly revenue requirement of the TRS provider;
(9) "telecommunications relay service" or "TRS" means a telephone transmission service that provides the ability for an individual who is deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech-impaired to engage in communication by wire or radio with a hearing individual in a manner that is functionally equivalent to the ability of an individual who is not deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech-impaired to communicate using voice communication services by wire or radio; "TRS" includes services that enable two-way communication between an individual who uses a TTY or other nonvoice terminal device and an individual who does not use such a device;
(10) "TTY" means a machine that employs graphic communication in the transmission of coded signals through a wire or radio communications system.
History: Eff. 12/2/92, Register 124; am 2/23/2001, Register 157
Authority: AS 42.05.141
Editor's note: A copy of 47 C.F.R. 64.604, referenced in 3 AAC 51.020(e) (1) and 3 AAC 51.030(a) (3), is available for inspection at the office of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska located at the address set out in 3 AAC 48.010(a) . A copy of 47 C.F.R. 64.604 may also be obtained from the Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street S.W., Washington D.C. 20554. That final rule was published in 65 Federal Register, 38436 - 38440 (June 21, 2000).
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