00 SENATE BILL NO. 138
01 "An Act relating to the inclusion of the charges of a vendor of goods or services on the
02 bills of certain telecommunications carriers; and adding an unlawful act to the Alaska
03 Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act."
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
05 * Section 1. AS 42.05 is amended by adding a new section to article 8 to read:
06 Sec. 42.05.715. Telecommunications carrier bills; disclosures and
07 contested charges. (a) A telecommunications carrier shall clearly identify in separate
08 sections of a customer's bill
09 (1) charges by each person, corporation, or billing agent that generates
10 a charge on the bill; and
11 (2) the information provided to the telecommunications carrier under
12 (b) of this section.
13 (b) A person, corporation, or billing agent may not charge customers of a
14 telecommunications carrier on the carrier's bill for a product or service unless the
01 person, corporation, or billing agent provides to the telecommunications carrier the
02 following information:
03 (1) the amount charged for each product or service, separately
04 identifying taxes or surcharges;
05 (2) a clear and concise description of the product or service that is the
06 basis of the charge;
07 (3) the name of the entity providing the product or service or otherwise
08 generating the charge; and
09 (4) a toll-free telephone number or other no-cost means of contacting
10 the entity generating the charge to resolve a dispute regarding the charge.
11 (c) A telecommunications carrier may not discontinue services to a customer
12 based on the customer's failure to pay a charge of another person, corporation, or
13 billing agent appearing on the telecommunications carrier's bill, when the customer
14 has contested the charge using the contact information provided under (b) of this
16 (d) In this section, "telecommunications carrier" means a telecommunications
18 (1) required to be certificated by or registered with the Regulatory
19 Commission of Alaska; or
20 (2) that is eligible to receive universal service support under 47 U.S.C.
22 * Sec. 2. AS 45.50.471(b) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:
23 (58) violating AS 45.50.476 (charges billed by telecommunications
25 * Sec. 3. AS 45.50 is amended by adding a new section to read:
26 Sec. 45.50.476. Charges billed by telecommunications carriers. (a) Except
27 as provided in (d) of this section, a vendor of goods or services may not bill charges
28 for goods or services on a customer's telephone bill from a telecommunications
30 (b) A person may not induce a telecommunications carrier, directly or through
31 an intermediary, to bill a customer for goods or services of a vendor unless the billing
01 is permitted under (d) of this section. In this subsection, "person" includes a person
02 who aggregates consumer billings or serves as a clearinghouse for aggregate billings.
03 (c) The Regulatory Commission of Alaska may adopt regulations to carry out
04 the provisions of this section.
05 (d) This section does not apply to an itemized billing in compliance with
06 AS 42.05.715 for
07 (1) the sale of goods or services governed by an approved tariff of a
08 public utility operating under a certificate of public convenience and necessity issued
09 by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska;
10 (2) direct-dial or dial-around services initiated from the customer's
12 (3) operator-assisted telephone calls, collect calls, or telephone
13 services provided to facilitate communications to or from inmates in a correctional
14 center; or
15 (4) goods or services for which the vendor has provided the
16 telecommunications carrier with verification of the customer's express authorization.
17 (e) In this section, "telecommunications carrier" means a telecommunications
19 (1) required to be certificated by or registered with the Regulatory
20 Commission of Alaska; or
21 (2) that is eligible to receive universal service support under 47 U.S.C.
23 * Sec. 4. AS 45.50.481(a) is amended to read:
24 (a) Nothing in AS 45.50.471 - 45.50.561 applies to
25 (1) an act or transaction regulated under laws administered by the state,
26 by a regulatory board or commission except as provided by AS 45.50.471(b)(27),
27 [AND] (30), and (58), or officer acting under statutory authority of the state or of the
28 United States, unless the law regulating the act or transaction does not prohibit the
29 practices declared unlawful in AS 45.50.471;
30 (2) an act done by the publisher, owner, agent, or employee of a
31 newspaper, periodical, or radio or television station in the publication or dissemination
01 of an advertisement, when the owner, agent, or employee did not have knowledge of
02 the false, misleading, or deceptive character of the advertisement or did not have a
03 direct financial interest in the sale or distribution of the advertised product or service;
04 (3) an act or transaction regulated under AS 21.36 or AS 06.05 or a
05 regulation adopted under the authority of those chapters.