(a) For the purposes of this section, a "telephone service subscriber" means a person who contracts with a telephone company for telephone services or a telecommunications company for telecommunications services.
(b) The definitions contained in chapter 237 apply to this section.
(a) It is fraud under section 325F.69 to request a change in a telephone service subscriber's local exchange or interexchange carrier without the subscriber's verified consent.
(c) For the purposes of paragraph (a):
(1) the consent of the telephone service subscriber may be verified utilizing any method that is consistent with federal law or regulation;
(2) compliance with applicable federal law and regulation, or state law and rule, whichever is more stringent, is a complete defense to an allegation of consumer fraud under paragraph (a); and
(3) it is the responsibility of the company or carrier requesting a change in a telephone service subscriber's company or carrier to verify that the subscriber has authorized the change. A telephone company or telecommunications carrier providing local exchange service who has been requested by another telephone company or telecommunications carrier to process a change in a subscriber's carrier is only liable under this section if it knowingly participates in processing a requested change that is unauthorized.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to change a telephone company's or telecommunications carrier's obligations under section 237.66.