(1) A telecommunications company shall meet the requirements as prescribed by the Federal Communications Commission in Title 47, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 64, Subpart K, Sections 64.1100 Definitions, as amended March 1, 2001, 64.1120 Verification of Orders for Telecommunications Service, as amended March 12, 2008, and 64.1130 Letter of Agency Form and Content, as amended March 12, 2008, which are hereby incorporated into this rule by reference and which are available at: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-02209.
    (2)(a) A telecommunications company shall not be deemed to have committed an unauthorized carrier change infraction if the company, including its agents and contractors, did the following:
    1. Followed the procedures required under subsection (1) in good faith, with respect to the person requesting the change; and
    2. Complied with the credit procedures of subsection (3).
    (b) In cases where a company fails to meet the requirements of paragraph (2)(a), the Commission will determine whether penalties or other remedies are appropriate for an unauthorized carrier change infraction. In so doing, the Commission will consider the actions taken by the company to mitigate or undo the effects of the unauthorized change. These actions will include whether the company, including its agents and contractors:
    1. Followed the procedures required under subsection (1) with respect to the person requesting the change in good faith;
    2. Complied with the credit procedures of subsection (3);
    3. Took prompt action in response to the unauthorized change;
    4. Reported to the Commission any unusual circumstances that might have adversely affected customers such as system errors or inappropriate marketing practices that resulted in unauthorized changes and the remedial action taken;
    5. Reported any unauthorized carrier changes concurrently affecting a large number of customers; and
    6. Took other corrective action to remedy the unauthorized change appropriate under the circumstances.
    (3) Charges for unauthorized carrier changes billed on behalf of the unauthorized carrier for the first 30 days or first billing cycle, whichever is longer, shall be credited to the customer by the company responsible for the error within 45 days of notification to the company by the customer, unless the claim is false. Upon notice from the customer of an unauthorized carrier change, the telecommunications company shall change the customer back, or to another company of the customer’s choice.
    (4) A telecommunications company shall make available a preferred carrier freeze upon a subscriber’s request and shall meet the requirements as prescribed by the Federal Communications Commission in Title 47, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 64, Subpart K, Section 64.1190, Preferred Carrier Freeze, as amended March 12, 2008, which is hereby incorporated into this rule by reference and is available at: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-02210.
    (5) A preferred carrier freeze shall not be required as a condition for obtaining service.
    (6) A preferred carrier freeze shall be implemented or removed at no charge to the subscriber.
    (7) A telecommunications company shall provide notification to subscribers with the customer’s first bill, by letter or by electronic communication, and annually thereafter, that a preferred carrier freeze is available at no charge. Existing customers shall be notified annually that a preferred carrier freeze is available at no charge. Any of the foregoing notifications may be provided by a standard sized message on a customer’s bill.
Rulemaking Authority 350.127(2), 364.01, 364.16(5) FS. Law Implemented 364.01, 364.16(5), 364.285 FS. History—New 3-4-92, Amended 5-31-95, 12-28-98, 5-8-05, 2-5-13.