On April 6, 2005, Governor Vilsack signed into law Senate File 264 (SF 264), which amends Iowa Code § 477C.7. SF 264 took effect on July 1, 2005. The amended statute re-allocates the assessment for dual party relay service (DPRS) by providing that wireless communications service providers pay 3 cents per month per wireless communications service number provided in Iowa; the remainder of the assessment is allocated proportionately based on intrastate revenues, one-half to local exchange service providers and one-half to interexchange carriers, centralized equal access providers, and alternate operator service companies.
In the past, the Board has assessed the telecommunications carriers on a quarterly basis, using the DPRS budget and estimated allocation factors, with an annual true-up. This procedure will have to be slightly revised to reflect the amended statute; the Board will subtract the wireless service provider payments from the DPRS quarterly budget amount, then allocate the remainder of the budget amount to the other carriers.
The Board will require wireless service providers to submit quarterly payment for the assessed cost at 3 cents per number per month as well as reports that include specific retail line count information and estimates of future retail line counts. The first quarterly payment and report is due on or before October 31, 2005. Subsequent payments and reports shall be filed with the Board within 30 days after the close of each calendar quarter. Reports and payments are due on or before October 31, January 31, April 30, and July 31, for the previous calendar quarter. The report shall be submitted in a form substantially similar to the "Wireless Telecommunications Carrier Dual Party Service Assessment Quarterly Report and Remittance" form available for download from the Board's Web site. Paper forms are available from the Board's Record and Information Center.
The Board’s June 17, 2005, order states that line count information for individual companies that is submitted in the quarterly reports will be treated as confidential pursuant to Iowa Code § 22.7(3), subject to the provisions of 199 IAC 1.9(8)"b"(3).