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Phoenix, AZ 85007-2927


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Customer Proprietary Network Information

What is Customer Proprietary Network Information?

Customer Proprietary Network Information ("private information") is defined as:

  1. information about the quantity, technical configuration, type, destination, and amount of use of a telecommunications service subscribed to by any customer of a telecommunications carrier, and that is made available to the carrier by the customer solely by virtue of the carrier-customer relationship; and
  2. information contained in the bills pertaining to telephone exchange service or telephone toll service received by a customer of a carrier.

Why is it an issue?

In its December, 2001 bills, Qwest Corporation ("Qwest") included an insert to its Arizona customers' bills notifying them that Qwest would be disseminating individual private information to its affiliates unless the customer contacted Qwest within 30 days and informed Qwest that they did not want their private information shared with other Qwest affiliates. This is referred to as an "opt out" policy because customers have to call Qwest to "opt out" of having their private information released.

On January 16, 2002, the Commission held a Special Open Meeting in response to an overwhelming number of calls from consumers expressing confusion over Qwest's notice and its implementation of an "opt-out" policy.

Customers also expressed a lot of frustration because they could not reach Qwest to "opt-out" of having their private information released because the toll-free number provided by Qwest was frequently busy and they could not get through to a Qwest representative. In addition, concern was expressed that an "opt-out" policy, especially as implemented by Qwest, was misleading and insufficient to protect the privacy rights of Arizona consumers.

What does a customer need to do if they don't want to have their information sold or shared with affiliates?

Nothing at this point in time. The Commission ordered Qwest to delay implementation of an "opt-out" private information policy in Arizona until conclusion of its examination into privacy rules and/or the issuance of a Commission order.

The Commission is in the process of drafting rules and requirements for customer notice, verification and other private information dissemination requirements. Qwest is prohibited from providing or offering to sell private information to anyone at this time.

What is the current schedule for the private information proceeding?

On March 31, 2004, the ACC instructed the Utilities Division to forward to interested parties three sets of proposed CPNI rules. These proposed CPNI rules were mailed April 5, 2004. The Utilities Division Staff sought comment from all interested parties before May 17, 2004. A second draft of the rules was published on August 13, 2004. Parties were again asked to submit comment on the second draft of the rules. A workshop was held on September 2, 2004. The Utilities Division plans to present its final proposed set of rules at an upcoming Open Meeting or Special Open Meeting. Open Meeting and Special Open Meeting notices are posted at http://www.cc.state.az.us/meetings/index.htm.

More information is available by visiting the Commission and examining information on docket number RT-00000J-02-0066.

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