Bill Text: NY A02230 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Relates to telecommunication companies blocking certain numbers.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 33-9)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-20 - print number 2230a [A02230 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A02230-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 22, 2019
        Introduced  by  M. of A. PAULIN, BUTTENSCHON, LAVINE, ENGLEBRIGHT, McDO-
          RAIA, SMULLEN, McDONOUGH -- read once and referred to the Committee on
          Consumer Affairs and Protection -- committee discharged, bill amended,
          ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
        AN  ACT  to  amend the general business law, in relation to telecommuni-
          cation companies blocking certain numbers
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section
     2  399-z-1 to read as follows:
     3    § 399-z-1. Telecommunication companies blocking certain numbers. 1. As
     4  used in this section, the following terms shall have the following mean-
     5  ings:
     6    a. "caller identification information" means information provided by a
     7  caller  identification  service  regarding  the telephone number and the
     8  name of the person calling;
     9    b. "caller identification service" means a service that allows a tele-
    10  phone subscriber to have the telephone  number,  and,  where  available,
    11  name  of  the calling party transmitted contemporaneously with the tele-
    12  phone call, and displayed on a device in or connected to  the  subscrib-
    13  er's telephone;
    14    c.  "pooling administrator" means the thousands-block pooling adminis-
    15  trator as identified in 47 C.F.R. § 52.20; and
    16    d. "provider" means a telecommunication company  that  provides  voice
    17  communications services to customers in this state.
    18    2.  Consistent with authorization provided by federal law and rules of
    19  the federal communications commission or its successors:
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    a. providers shall block a voice call when the subscriber to which the
     2  originating number is assigned has requested that  calls  purporting  to
     3  originate  from  that  number  be blocked because the number is used for
     4  inbound calls only; and
     5    b. providers shall block calls originating from the following numbers:
     6    (i) a number that is not a valid North American numbering plan number;
     7    (ii)  a  valid  North American numbering plan number that is not allo-
     8  cated to a provider by the North American numbering  plan  administrator
     9  or the pooling administrator; and
    10    (iii)  a  valid North American numbering plan number that is allocated
    11  to a provider by the North American number plan administrator or pooling
    12  administrator, but is unused, so long as the provider blocking the calls
    13  is the allocatee of the number and confirms that the number is unused or
    14  has obtained verification from the allocatee that the number  is  unused
    15  at the time of the blocking.
    16    c.  providers shall not block a voice call if the call is an emergency
    17  call placed to 911.
    18    d. providers shall not block a voice call  to  a  subscriber  who  has
    19  requested that no inbound calls be blocked.
    20    3.  For purposes of blocking calls from certain originating numbers as
    21  authorized in this section, a provider may rely on caller identification
    22  service information to determine the originating number.
    23    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.