WSR 16-06-119
[Docket UT-160196Filed March 2, 2016, 9:39 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The Washington utilities and transportation commission (commission) initiates this rule making to consider amending WAC 480-120-021 Definitions, 480-120-061 Refusing service, 480-120-103 Application for service, 480-120-174 Payment arrangements; repealing WAC 480-120-259 Washington telephone assistance program, 480-120-352 Washington Exchange Carrier Association (WECA); and adopting WAC 480-120-XXX a reinstatement of WAC 480-120-440 Repair standards for service interruptions and impairments, excluding major outages, repealed in 2015 and filed with the code reviser at WSR 15-08-043 under Commission Docket UT-140680.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The commission needs to revise provisions in chapter 480-120 WAC as a follow-up to the rule making in Docket UT-140680. The commission inadvertently repealed WAC 480-120-440 in that proceeding, and the rule contained important service outage restoral requirements, as well as notice requirements related to planned outages. Other rules in chapter 480-120 WAC contain cross-references to rules that were repealed. The Washington telephone assistance program no longer exists, and rules related to that program are moot. Similarly, WECA has been discontinued because the commission now handles WECA's primary function of administering a universal service fund pursuant to rules in chapter 480-123 WAC, so WAC 480-120-352 is unnecessary.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: The commission will ask for initial written comments, and will provide the opportunity for stakeholders to submit additional written comments on proposed CR-102 rules prior to adoption.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested persons may file comments with the Executive Director and Secretary, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, P.O. Box 47250, 1300 South Evergreen Park Drive, Olympia, WA 98504-7250, phone (360) 664-1234, fax (360) 586-1150, e-mail, or through the commission's web portal at by 5:00 p.m., April 4, 2016.
WRITTEN COMMENTS: Written comments may be submitted to the commission at the address given above and should be filed with the commission no later than Monday, April 4, 2016.
Electronic copies. The commission requests that comments be provided in electronic format to enhance public access, for ease of providing comments, to reduce the need for paper copies, and to facilitate quotations from the comments. Comments may be submitted via the commission's web portal at or by electronic mail to the commission's records center at Please include:
The docket number of this proceeding (UT-160196).
The commenting party's name.
The title and date of the comment or comments.
An alternative method for submitting comments may be by mailing/delivering an electronic copy on a flash drive, DVD, or compact disk including the filed document(s). Parties must furnish electronic copies in MS Word 6.0 (or later) supplemented by a separate file in .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format. Include all of the information requested above. The commission will post on the commission's web site all comments that are provided in electronic format. The web site is located at If you are unable to file your comments electronically or to submit them on a disk, the commission will always accept a paper document.
Opportunity for further comment is anticipated. Information about the schedule and other aspects of the rule making, including comments, will be posted on the commission's web site as it becomes available. If you wish to receive further information on this rule making you may (1) call the commission's records center at (360) 664-1234, (2) e-mail the commission at <>, or (3) mail written comments to the address above to the attention of Steven V. King, executive director and secretary. When contacting the commission, please refer to Docket UT-160196 to ensure that you are placed on the appropriate service list. Questions may be addressed to John Cupp, (360) 664-1113 or e-mail
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March 2, 2016
Steven V. King
Executive Director
and Secretary