Subdivision 1. Generally.
As used in this chapter, the following terms have the meanings
Subd. 2.[Renumbered subd 7]
Subd. 3. Independent telephone company.
"Independent telephone company" means
a telephone company organized and operating under chapter 301 or 302A or authorized to do
business in Minnesota under chapter 303 as of January 1, 1983, and providing local exchange
service to fewer than 30,000 subscribers within the state.
Subd. 4. Radio common carrier.
"Radio common carrier" means a person, firm, association,
or corporation which owns, operates, or otherwise furnishes to the public any paging or other
mobile telecommunications service by means of the use of radio signals and connection to
a telephone network.
Subd. 5.[Repealed, 1984 c 557 s 4
Subd. 6. Telecommunications carrier.
"Telecommunications carrier" means a person,
firm, association, or corporation authorized to furnish one or more of the following telephone
services to the public, but not otherwise authorized to furnish local exchange service: (1)
interexchange telephone service; (2) local telephone service pursuant to a certificate granted under
the authority of section
237.16, subdivision 4
, before August 1, 1995; or (3) local service pursuant
to a certificate granted under section
, for the first time after August 1, 1995, except if
granted to a successor to a telephone company otherwise authorized to furnish local exchange
service. Telecommunications carrier does not include entities that derive more than 50 percent
of their revenues from operator services provided to transient locations such as hotels, motels,
and hospitals. In addition, telecommunications carrier does not include entities that provide
centralized equal access services.
Subd. 7. Telephone company.
"Telephone company," means and applies to any person, firm,
association or any corporation, private or municipal, owning or operating any telephone line
or telephone exchange for hire, wholly or partly within this state, or furnishing any telephone
service to the public.
A "telephone company" does not include a radio common carrier as defined in subdivision
4. A telephone company which also conforms with the definition of a radio common carrier is
subject to regulation as a telephone company. However, none of chapter 237 applies to telephone
company activities which conform to the definition of a radio common carrier.
A "telephone company" does not include a telecommunications carrier as defined in
subdivision 6, except that a telecommunications carrier is a telephone company for the purposes
. A telephone company is not subject to section
Subd. 8. Local exchange carrier.
"Local exchange carrier" means a telephone company or
telecommunications carrier providing local exchange service.
History: (5287) 1915 c 152 s 2; 1981 c 248 s 1; 1984 c 451 s 1; 1984 c 557 s 1-3; 1985 c 22
s 1; 1987 c 340 s 18; 1993 c 268 s 1,2; 1995 c 156 s 1,25; 2003 c 97 s 2; 2004 c 261 art 1 s 1