FCC 36.125 Revised as of December 4, 2012
Goto Year:2011 |
§ 36.125 Local switching equipment—Category 3.
(a) Local switching equipment is included in accounts 2210, 2211, and
2212. It comprises all central office switching equipment not assigned
other categories. Examples of local switching equipment are basic
switching train, toll connecting trunk equipment, interlocal trunks,
tandem trunks, terminating senders used for toll completion, toll
completing train, call reverting equipment, weather and time of day
service equipment, and switching equipment at electronic analog or
digital remote line locations. Equipment used for the identification,
recording and timing of customer dialed charge traffic, or switched
private line traffic ( e.g. transmitters, recorders, call identity
indexers, perforators, ticketers, detectors, mastertimes) switchboards
used solely for recording of calling telephone numbers in connection
with customer dialed charge traffic, or switched private line traffic
(or both) is included in this local switching category. Equipment
provided and used primarily for operator dialed toll or customer dialed
charge traffic except such equipment included in Category 2 Tandem
Switching Equipment is also included in this local switching category.
This includes such items as directors translators, sender registers,
out trunk selectors and facilities for toll intercepting and digit
absorption. Special services switching equipment which primarily
performs the switching function for special services ( e.g. switching
equipment, TWX concentrators and switchboards) is also included in this
local switching category.
(1) Local office, as used in § 36.125, comprises one or more local
switching entities of the same equipment type (e.g., step-by-step, No.
5 Crossbar) in an individual location. A local switching entity
comprises that local central office equipment of the same type which
has a common intermediate distributing frame, market group or other
separately identifiable switching unit serving one or more prefixes
(2) A host/remote local switching complex is composed of an electronic
analog or digital host office and all of its remote locations. A
host/remote local switching complex is treated as one local office. The
current jurisdictional definition of an exchange will apply.
(3) Dial equipment minutes of use (DEM) is defined as the minutes of
holding time of the originating and terminating local switching
equipment. Holding time is defined in the Glossary.
(4) The interstate allocation factor is the percentage of local
switching investment apportioned to the interstate jurisdiction.
(5) The interstate DEM factor is the ratio of the interstate DEM to the
total DEM. A weighted interstate DEM factor is the product of
multiplying a weighting factor, as defined in paragraph (f) of this
section, to the interstate DEM factor. The state DEM factor is the
ratio of the state DEM to the total DEM.
(b) Beginning January 1, 1993, Category 3 investment for study areas
with 50,000 or more access lines is apportioned to the interstate
jurisdiction on the basis of the interstate DEM factor. Category 3
investment for study areas with 50,000 or more access lines is
apportioned to the state jurisdiction on the basis of the state DEM
(f) Beginning January 1, 1998, for study areas with fewer than 50,000
access lines, Category 3 investment is apportioned to the interstate
jurisdiction by the application of an interstate allocation factor that
is the lesser of either .85 or the sum of the interstate DEM factor
specified in paragraph (a)(5) of this section, and the difference
between the 1996 interstate DEM factor and the 1996 interstate DEM
factor multiplied by a weighting factor as determined by the table
below. The Category 3 investment that is not assigned to the interstate
jurisdiction pursuant to this paragraph is assigned to the state
Number of access lines in service in study area Weighting
50,001-or above 1.0
(g) For purposes of this section, an access line is a line that does
not include WATS access lines, special access lines or private lines.
(h) Effective July 1, 2001, through June 30, 2014, study areas subject
to price cap regulation, pursuant to § 61.41 of this chapter, shall
assign the average balances of Accounts 2210, 2211, and 2212 to
Category 3, Local Switching Equipment, based on the relative percentage
assignment of the average balances of Account 2210, 2211, 2212, and
2215 to Category 3, during the twelve month period ending December 31,
(i) Effective July 1, 2001, through June 30, 2014, all study areas
shall apportion costs in Category 3, Local Switching Equipment, among
the jurisdictions using relative dial equipment minutes of use for the
twelve month period ending December 31, 2000.
(j) If the number of a study area's access lines increases such that,
under § 36.125(f), the weighted interstate DEM factor for 1997 or any
successive year would be reduced, that lowered weighted interstate DEM
factor shall be applied to the study area's 1996 unweighted interstate
DEM factor to derive a new local switching support factor. If the
number of a study area's access lines decreases or has decreased such
that, under § 36.125(f), the weighted interstate DEM factor for 2010 or
any successive year would be raised, that higher weighted interstate
DEM factor shall be applied to the study area's 1996 unweighted
interstate DEM factor to derive a new local switching support factor.
[ 52 FR 17229 , May 6, 1987, as amended at 53 FR 33011 , 33012, Aug. 29,
1988; 62 FR 32946 , June 17, 1997; 63 FR 2124 , Jan. 13, 1998; 66 FR 33205 , June 21, 2001; 69 FR 12549 , Mar. 17, 2004; 71 FR 65745 , Nov. 9,
2006; 75 FR 17874 , Apr. 8, 2010; 75 FR 30301 , June 1, 2010; 76 FR 30841 , May 27, 2011]
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