FCC Record, Volume 19, No. 8, Pages 5879 to 6813, March 31 - April 13, 2004 Page: 5,887
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Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
In the Matter of )
Z-Tel Communications ) IC No. 03-S84234
Unauthorized Change of
Subscriber's Telecommunications Carrier
Adopted: March 25,2004 Released: March 31, 2004
By the Deputy Chief, Policy Division, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau:
1. In this Order, we consider the complaint' alleging that Z-Tel Communications
(Z-Tel) changed Complainant's telecommunications service provider without obtaining
authorization and verification from Complainant in violation of the Commission's rules.2 We
conclude that Z-Tel has responded fully to the Complainant's complaint and has taken action to
resolve the complaint.
2. In December 1998, the Commission released the Section 258 Order in which it
adopted rules to implement Section 258 of the Communications Act of 1934 (Act), as amended
by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (1996 Act).3 Section 258 prohibits the practice of
"'slamming," the submission or execution of an unauthorized change in a subscriber's selection
Informal Complaint No. IC 03-S84234, July 18, 2003.
2 See47 C.F.R. 64.1100 - 64.1190.
47 U.S.C. 258(a); Telecommunications Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104-104, 110 Stat. 56 (1996);
Implementation of the Subscriber Carrier Selection Changes Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996;
Policies and Rules Concerning Unauthorized Changes of Consumers' Long Distance Carriers, CC Docket No.
94-129, Second Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making, 14 FCC Rcd 1508 (1998) (Section
258 Order), stayed in part, MCI WorldCom v. FCC, No. 99-1125 (D.C. Cir. May 18, 1999); First Order on
Reconsideration, 15 FCC Red 8158 (2000); stay lifted, MCI WorldCom v. FCC, No. 99-1125 (D.C. Cir. June 27,
2000); Third Report and Order and Second Order on Reconsideration, 15 FCC Red 15996 (2000), Errata, DA No.
00-2163 (rel. Sept. 25, 2000), Erratum, DA No. 00-2192 (rel. Oct. 4, 2000), Order, FCC 01-67 (rel. Feb. 22, 2001);
Third Order on Reconsideration and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making, 18 FCC Red 5099 (2003);
Order, FCC 03-116, (rel. May 23, 2003). Prior to the adoption of Section 258, the Commission had taken various
steps to address the slamming problem. See, e.g., Policies and Rules Concerning Unauthorized Changes of
Consumers'Long Distance Carriers, CC Docket No. 94-129, Report and Order, 10 FCC Rcd 9560 (1995), stayed
in part, 11 FCC Rcd 856 (1995); Policies and Rules Concerning Changing Long Distance Carriers, CC Docket
No. 91-64, 7 FCC Red 1038 (1992), reconsideration denied, 8 FCC Red 3215 (1993); Investigation of Access and
Divestiture Related Tariffs, CC Docket No. 83-1145, Phase I, 101 F.C.C.2d 911, 101 F.C.C.2d 935,
reconsideration denied, 102 F.C.C.2d 503 (1985).
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