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H.R. 2566 (114th): Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2016

The text of the bill below is as of May 21, 2015 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2566

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 21, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Welch, Mr. Zinke, Mr. Peterson, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Loebsack, and Mr. Nolan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to ensure the integrity of voice communications and to prevent unjust or unreasonable discrimination among areas of the United States in the delivery of such communications.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2015.

2.

Ensuring the integrity of voice communications

Part II of title II of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 251 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

262.

Ensuring the integrity of voice communications

(a)

Registration and compliance by intermediate providers

An intermediate provider that offers or holds itself out as offering the capability to transmit covered voice communications from one destination to another and that charges any rate to any other entity (including an affiliated entity) for the transmission shall—

(1)

register with the Commission; and

(2)

comply with the service quality standards for such transmission to be established by the Commission under subsection (c)(1)(B).

(b)

Required use of registered intermediate providers

A covered provider may not use an intermediate provider to transmit covered voice communications unless such intermediate provider is registered under subsection (a)(1).

(c)

Commission rules

(1)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the Commission shall promulgate rules to establish—

(A)

a registry to record registrations under subsection (a)(1); and

(B)

service quality standards for the transmission of covered voice communications by intermediate providers.

(2)

Requirements

In promulgating the rules required by paragraph (1), the Commission shall—

(A)

ensure the integrity of the transmission of covered voice communications to all customers in the United States; and

(B)

prevent unjust or unreasonable discrimination among areas of the United States in the delivery of covered voice communications.

(d)

Public availability of registry

The Commission shall make the registry established under subsection (c)(1)(A) publicly available on the website of the Commission.

(e)

Scope of application

The requirements of this section shall apply regardless of the format by which any communication or service is provided, the protocol or format by which the transmission of such communication or service is achieved, or the regulatory classification of such communication or service.

(f)

Rule of construction

Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the regulatory classification of any communication or service.

(g)

Effect on other laws

Nothing in this section shall be construed to preempt the authority of a State public utility commission or other relevant State agency to collect data, or investigate and enforce State law and regulations, regarding the completion of intrastate voice communications, regardless of the format by which any communication or service is provided, the protocol or format by which the transmission of such communication or service is achieved, or the regulatory classification of such communication or service.

(h)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Covered provider

The term covered provider has the meaning given the term in section 64.2101 of title 47, Code of Federal Regulations, or any successor thereto.

(2)

Covered voice communication

The term covered voice communication means a voice communication (including any related signaling information) that is generated—

(A)

from the placement of a call from a connection using a North American Numbering Plan resource or a call placed to a connection using such a numbering resource; and

(B)

through any service provided by a covered provider.

(3)

Intermediate provider

The term intermediate provider means any entity that—

(A)

carries or processes traffic that is generated from the placement of a call from a connection using a North American Numbering Plan resource or a call placed to a connection using such a numbering resource; and

(B)

does not itself originate or terminate such traffic in the context of the carriage or processing.

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