Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 110 Part 1.djvu/130

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110 STAT. 106 PUBLIC LAW 104-104—FEB. 8, 1996 or any other entity. Any regulations necessary to enforce this subsection shall be issued initially within 6 months after the date of enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. "(e) DEFINITION OF ALARM MONITORING SERVICE.— The term 'alarm monitoring service' means a service that uses a device located at a residence, place of business, or other fixed premises— "(1) to receive signals from other devices located at or about such premises regarding a possible threat at such premises to life, safety, or property, from burglary, fire, vandalism, bodily injury, or other emergency, and "(2) to transmit a signal regarding such threat by means of transmission facilities of a local exchange carrier or one of its affiliates to a remote monitoring center to alert a person at such center of the need to inform the customer or another person or police, fire, rescue, security, or public safety personnel of such threat, but does not include a service that uses a medical monitoring device attached to an individual for the automatic surveillance of an ongoing medical condition. 47 USC 276. " SEC. 276. PROVISION OF PAYPHONE SERVICE. "(a) NONDISCRIMINATION SAFEGUARDS.— After the effective date of the rules prescribed pursuant to subsection (b), any Bell operating company that provides payphone service— "(1) shall not subsidize its payphone service directly or indirectly from its telephone exchange service operations or its exchange access operations; and "(2) shall not prefer or discriminate in favor of its payphone service. "(b) REGULATIONS.— "(1) CONTENTS OF REGULATIONS.— In order to promote competition among payphone service providers and promote the widespread deployment of payphone services to the benefit of the general public, within 9 months after the date of enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Commission shall take all actions necessary (including any reconsideration) to prescribe regulations that— "(A) establish a per call compensation plan to ensure that all payphone service providers are fairly compensated for each and every completed intrastate and interstate call using their pa3TDhone, except that emergency calls and telecommunications relay service calls for hearing disabled individuals shall not be subject to such compensation; "(B) discontinue the intrastate and interstate carrier access charge payphone service elements and payments in effect on such date of enactment, and all intrastate and interstate payphone subsidies from basic exchange and exchange access revenues, in favor of a compensation plan as specified in subparagraph (A); "(C) prescribe a set of nonstructural safeguards for Bell operating company payphone service to implement the provisions of paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (a), which safeguards shall, at a minimum, include the nonstructural safeguards equal to those adopted in the Computer Inquiry-Ill (CC Docket No. 90-623) proceeding; "(D) provide for Bell operating company payphone service providers to have the same right that independent