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Elizabeth S. Jacobs
Chair
Nick Wagner
Board Member
Sheila K. Tipton
Board Member

TCU Application Process

The Iowa Utilities Board has prepared this information as a service to assist you in applying for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to provide telecommunications services in Iowa. The purpose of this web page is to provide the basic information required to complete the application process. Staff is available to answer questions that may arise. If you have questions, call the Telecommunications section at 515.725.7344.

Review Iowa Code:

To find information on how to obtain Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) status, please review Iowa Code § 476.29, "Certificates for Providing Local Telecommunications Services," which details the requirements for the provision of these services.

Review Iowa Administrative Code:

You may obtain the Iowa Administrative Code for the Utilities Division on the Internet. Not all of the chapters pertain to telecommunications. A list of the chapters that pertain to telecommunications matters may be found on the TCU Iowa Admin. Code information page.

Notify All Affected Carriers Prior to Filing:

The statute, Iowa Code § 476.29, requires that your company notify all companies in the intended service area prior to filing with the Board. Each applicant must determine the affected carriers entitled to notice under Iowa Code § 476.29(2). As a convenience, the Board has made an electronic copy of the company contact data in MS Excel (.xls) format available for your use with various mail merge technologies and/or label formats.

Sample Filing:

Prior to filing you may find it helpful to review the initial filing of a company in Iowa which is similar to your organization’s operations for the format and content. You may call the Records Center to obtain a copy of an initial filing by another company. The Records Center number is 515.725.7337. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. There is a charge for the copies.

Alternatively, since 2009, the Board has maintained an Electronic Filing System (EFS). To review a filing concerning a similarly situated company, click the Search button on the top navigation bar, select docket search and type "TCU" in the docket number field. This will bring up a list of all TCU dockets in the EFS. Only dockets created in 2009 and after (TCU-2009-xxxx or newer) will contain links to the actual documents contained in the filing. To see the most recent TCU filings, click the Docket Number heading to change the sort order to most recent on top.

Dialing Parity:

As a condition of the Certificate process, a statement must be made concerning dialing parity. You must provide a 2-PIC methodology statement for both intraLATA and interLATA dialing parity.

The term ‘Dialing Parity’ means a local exchange carrier is able to provide telecommunications services in such a manner that customers have the ability to route automatically, without the use of any access code, their long distance telecommunications to the telecommunications services provider of their choice.

Having to use a ‘dial around’ such as 10-10-XXX and then dial the phone number is not dialing parity. Under a 2-PIC methodology, the customer must be able to separately choose their intraLATA and interLATA toll providers on a 1+ basis.

Filing Your Request for a Certificate with the Iowa Utilities Board:

Filings must be made electronically through the Board's EFS.  To submit a filing or to register for a user account, please visit the EFS home page. In addition to the technical documents, the filing should contain a transmittal (cover) letter which contains the name of the entity on whose behalf the filing is made, the subject matter of the filing, and the name and address of the contact person. For more information on filing requirements of the EFS, please review the Standards for Electronic Information or Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

The Board will make a determination of the applicant’s technical, financial, and managerial ability to provide service within 90 days of the applicant’s filed request for certification, unless the Board determines additional time is necessary, which allows another 60 days.

Finally, a certificate number will be issued by Board order upon Board’s approval of the company’s proper tariffs, map documentation, and dialing parity methodology.

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