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FCC Backup Power Rules Now In Place – 24 Hour Coming Soon

The FCC adopted backup power requirements for facilities-based carriers which provide fixed residential voice service that is not line powered (Covered Providers). These requirements will soon require providers to offer 24 hours of backup to customers. The FCC’s Report and Order became effective on October 16, 2015.

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-16/pdf/2015-24845.pdf

Covered Providers must offer subscribers at the point of sale at least one option to purchase eight hours standby backup power:

  • For Covered Providers with fewer than 100,000 retail subscriber lines – By August 11, 2016
  • For Other Covered Providers – By February 16, 2016

Covered Providers must offer subscribers at the point of sale at least one option to purchase 24 hours standby backup power:

  • All providers – By February 13, 2019

Backup power disclosures to new subscribers at the point of sale and annually to all subscribers:

  • For Covered Providers with fewer than 100,000 retail subscriber lines – Effective 300 days after announcement of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approvals – pending now
  • For Other Covered Providers – 120 days after pending OMB approvals.

* Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 200 / Friday, October 16, 2015

 

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