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RULE §251.15Emergency Services Gateway Operator Minimum Requirements

(a) Purpose. The purpose of this rule is to establish minimum requirements for Emergency Services Gateway (ESGW) Operators providing or facilitating the providing of 9-1-1 service using a dynamic Automatic Location Identification (ALI) solution. This rule is intended to ensure end-users whose 9-1-1 calls are delivered and routed through an ESGW are provided with a consistent level of 9-1-1 service. This rule is structured to encourage ESGW Operators and their customers to cooperate with each other in good faith to ensure ESGW Operators are able to comply with their obligations stated herein.

(b) Applicability. This rule is applicable to ESGW Operators, which for purposes of this rule, includes entities that provide or facilitate the provisioning of 9-1-1 call delivery and routing services to interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or wireless end-users directly through the end-user's VoIP service provider (VSP) or commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) provider, respectively, or indirectly through another ESGW, a VoIP Positioning Center (VPC), or a Mobile Positioning Center (MPC). An ESGW Operator does not include an entity operating under a certificate required by Texas Utilities Code §54.001, acting solely to provide local exchange telephone service, basic local telecommunications service, or switched access service; or a VSP that self-provisions 9-1-1 service for its own end-users. This rule provides the minimum standards for an ESGW Operator to implement 9-1-1 service requirements.

(c) Registration. An ESGW Operator shall register with the Commission and provide written notice to each 9-1-1 Entity (i.e., an Emergency Communication District or Regional Planning Commission as defined in Texas Health and Safety Code §771.001) in whose region or territory they provide ESGW service. A current registration is a prerequisite to interfacing with a 9-1-1 Entity's Network, and for obtaining 9-1-1 Entity authorization to order dedicated 9-1-1 trunks (16 Tex. Admin. Code §26.5(64)). Registration shall be made on a form provided by Commission staff and include:

  (1) ESGW Operator name (including d/b/a), address, website, and contact information including email;

  (2) Contact information of the ESGW E9-1-1 Coordination Manager and ESGW 24X7 Operations.

  (3) Name and contact information of VPC Operators utilizing ESGW Operator's services

  (4) Services provided;

  (5) Name of each 9-1-1 Entity in whose region or territory the ESGW Operator provides services;

  (6) Name and contact information of its ESGW customers; and

  (7) Whether the ESGW Operator collects or remits 9-1-1 service fees on behalf of any of its ESGW customers' end-users.

(d) Authorization to Interface with 9-1-1 Entity's Network. A 9-1-1 Entity will upon request provide an ESGW Operator registered under subsection (c) with a Certificate of Authorization (COA) authorizing the ESGW Operator to interface with the 9-1-1 Entity's Network. A COA serves as authorization to the 9-1-1 Entity's 9-1-1 Network Services Provider that the ESGW Operator is authorized to provide ESGW services within the 9-1-1 Entity's service area.

(e) Service Plan. An ESGW Operator shall submit to the Commission a service plan that for each selective router includes 911 Trunk Circuit ID 2+6 Code(s), number of Trunks in Trunk Group, CLLI code, 9-1-1 Entity Authorizing Trunk Group and the date the COA was received. The service plan shall be submitted on a form provided by Commission staff.

(f) Annual Certification. An ESGW Operator shall annually, and upon written request by the Commission or a 9-1-1 Entity, update and certify the accuracy of its Registration and Service Plan. An ESGW Operator shall submit an amended Registration and/or Service Plan at the time of its Annual Certification if changes have been made to the Registration and/or Service Plan.

(g) Implementation, Testing and Maintenance Procedures. An ESGW Operator shall use reasonable diligence to implement, test, and maintain its ability to provide ESGW services consistent with recognized industry standards, best practices, and applicable law. An ESGW Operator shall notify the Commission and each potentially affected 9-1-1 Entity in writing of any changes to ESGW Operator services or arrangements that may materially impact the provisioning of 9-1-1 service by the ESGW Operator.

(h) Compliance and the Provisioning of 9-1-1 Service. Upon written request from the Commission or a 9-1-1 Entity in whose region or territory an ESGW Operator provides service, an ESGW Operator shall coordinate with the Commission or requesting 9-1-1 Entity to ensure compliance with this rule and the proper provisioning of 9-1-1 service. Upon receipt of a written request, an ESGW Operator will provide reasonable access to and/or copies of the ESGW Operator's basic network information and/or provisioning related records or a detailed explanation why the requested information cannot reasonably be made available. This subsection does not require an ESGW Operator to disclose confidential VSP customer information without customer consent. Records and information submitted in response to a written request under this subsection are required and shall be kept confidential in accordance with Health and Safety Code §771.061.

(i) Reimbursement for Direct Dedicated 9-1-1 Trunking. The reimbursable costs for direct dedicated 9-1-1 trunks are set by the Public Utility Commission (16 Tex. Admin. Code §26.435(c)). Cost reimbursement is provided to the extent permitted by law and only within the 9-1-1 Entity's then available appropriations and budget. An ESGW Operator seeking direct dedicated 9-1-1 trunking reimbursement shall request reimbursement directly from the appropriate 9-1-1 Entity.

(j) Liability Protection. ESGW Operator in compliance with this rule is deemed a "third party or other entity involved in the providing of 9-1-1 service" as that term is used to limit liability in Texas Health and Safety Code §771.053.

Source Note: The provisions of this §251.15 adopted to be effective May 1, 2017, 41 TexReg 9261

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