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Terms and Definitions


  • Alternative Access Vendor (AAV) AAVs provide private line service between an entity and facilities at another location, whether owned by the entity or an unaffiliated entity or access service between an end-user and an interexchange carrier by other than a local exchange telecommunications company. The private line service is dedicated point-to-point or point-to-multipoint service for the transmission of any public telecommunication service.
  • Competitive Local Exchange Telecommunications Company (CLEC) Any company certificated by the Commission to provide local exchange telecommunications service in this state on or after July 1, 1995.
  • Incumbent Local Exchange Telecommunications Company (ILEC) Any company certificated by the Commission to provide local exchange telecommunications service in this state on or before June 30, 1995.
  • Interexchange Company (IXC) Any registered company providing telecommunications service between local calling areas as those areas are described in the tariffs of individual local exchange companies.
  • Operator Service Provider - company provides or plans to provide alternative operator services for IXCs; or toll operator services to call aggregator locations; or clearinghouse services to bill such calls.
  • Pay Telephone Service Company (PATS) Any certificated telecommunications entity which provides pay telephone service.
  • Prepaid Debit Card Provider - any person or entity that states it is the network service provider on a prepaid card.
  • Shared Tenant Service (STS) Any certificated telecommunications company that provides service which duplicates or competes with local service provided by an existing local exchange telecommunications company and is furnished through a common switching or billing arrangement to tenants by an entity other than an existing local exchange telecommunications company.