FCC 64.804 Revised as of October 1, 2014
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§ 64.804 Rules governing the extension of unsecured credit to candidates or
persons on behalf of such candidates for Federal office for interstate and
foreign common carrier communication services.
(a) There is no obligation upon a carrier to extend unsecured credit
for interstate and foreign communication services to a candidate or
person on behalf of such candidate for Federal office. However, if the
carrier chooses to extend such unsecured credit, it shall comply with
the requirements set forth in paragraphs (b) through (g) of this
(b) If a carrier decides to extend unsecured credit to any candidate
for Federal office or any person on behalf of such candidate, then
unsecured credit shall be extended on substantially equal terms and
conditions to all candidates and all persons on behalf of all
candidates for the same office, with due regard for differences in the
estimated quantity of service to be furnished each such candidate or
(c) Before extending unsecured credit, a carrier shall obtain a signed
written application for service which shall identify the applicant and
the candidate and state whether or not the candidate assumes
responsibility for the charges, and which shall also expressly state as
(1) That service is being requested by the applicant or applicants and
that the person or persons making the application will be individually,
jointly and severally liable for the payment of all charges; and
(2) That the applicant(s) understands that the carrier will (under the
provisions of paragraph (d) of this section) discontinue service upon
written notice if any amount due is not paid upon demand.
(d) If charges for services rendered are not paid to the carrier within
15 days from rendition of a bill therefor, the carrier shall forthwith
at the end of the 15-day period serve written notice on the applicant
of intent to discontinue service within 7 days of date of such notice
for nonpayment and shall discontinue service at the end of the 7-day
period unless all such sums due are paid in full within such 7-day
(e) Each carrier shall take appropriate action at law to collect any
unpaid balance on an account for interstate and foreign communication
services rendered to a candidate or person on behalf of such candidate
prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations under section
415(a) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.
(f) The records of each account, involving the extension by a carrier
of unsecured credit to a candidate or person on behalf of such
candidate for common carrier communications services shall be
maintained by the carrier so as to show separately, for interstate and
foreign communication services all charges, credits, adjustments, and
security, if any, and balance receivable.
(g) On or before January 31, 1973, and on corresponding dates of each
year thereafter, each carrier which had operating revenues in the
preceding year in excess of $1 million shall file with the Commission a
report by account of any amount due and unpaid, as of the end of the
month prior to the reporting date, for interstate and foreign
communications services to a candidate or person on behalf of such
candidate when such amount results from the extension of unsecured
credit. Each report shall include the following information:
(1) Name of candidate.
(2) Name and address of person or persons applying for service.
(3) Balance due carrier.
(4) Reason for nonpayment.
(5) Payment arrangements, if any.
(6) Date service discontinued.
(7) Date, nature and status of any action taken at law in compliance
with paragraph (e) of this section.
[ 37 FR 9393 , May 10, 1972, as amended at 62 FR 5166 , Feb. 4, 1997]
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