2007 ORS 401.710¹
Definitions for ORS 305.823 and 401.710 to 401.816

As used in ORS 305.823 (Local government tax on telephone services prohibited) and 401.710 (Definitions for ORS 305.823 and 401.710 to 401.816) to 401.816 (Primary public safety answering points), unless the context requires otherwise:

(1) "Account" means the Emergency Communications Account.

(2) "Central office" means a utility that houses the switching and trunking equipment serving telephones in a defined area.

(3) "Department" means the Department of Revenue.

(4) "Emergency call" means a telephone request that results from a situation where prompt service is essential to preserve human life or property.

(5) "Enhanced 9-1-1 telephone service" means 9-1-1 telephone service consisting of a network, database and on-premises equipment that provides automatic display at the designated public safety answering point of the address and telephone number at the time of receiving an incoming 9-1-1 call.

(6) "Exchange access services" means:

(a) Telephone exchange access lines or channels that provide local access by a subscriber in this state to the local telecommunications network to effect the transfer of information; and

(b) Unless a separate tariff rate is charged therefor, any facility or service provided in connection with the services described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(7) "Governing body" means the board of county commissioners of a county, city council of a city, other governing body of a city or county, board of directors of a special district or a 9-1-1 jurisdiction.

(8) "Local government" has the meaning given that term in ORS 190.710 (Definitions for ORS 190.710 to 190.800).

(9) "Provider" means a utility or other vendor or supplier of telecommunications service or equipment that provides telecommunications with access to the 9-1-1 emergency reporting system through local exchange service, cellular service or other wired or wireless means.

(10) "Public or private safety agency" means any unit of state or local government, a special-purpose district or a private firm that provides or has authority to provide fire-fighting, police, ambulance or emergency medical services.

(11) "Public safety answering point" means a 24-hour communications facility established as an answering location for 9-1-1 calls originating within a given service area. A "primary public safety answering point" receives all calls directly from the public. A "secondary public safety answering point" only receives calls from a primary public safety answering point on a transfer or relay basis.

(12) "Subscriber" means a person who has telecommunication access to the 9-1-1 emergency reporting system through local exchange service, cellular service or other wired or wireless means.

(13) "TTY" means a telephone-typewriter used by a person with a hearing or speech impairment to communicate with another device or individual.

(14) "Utility" means a utility as defined in ORS 759.005 (Definitions), a telecommunications carrier as defined in ORS 133.721 (Definitions for ORS 41.910 and 133.721 to 133.739) or a municipality or any provider of exchange access services.

(15) "Vendor" means any corporation, company, individual or association, providing telephone customer premises equipment or equipment specific to the operation of enhanced 9-1-1 telephone service.

(16) "9-1-1 emergency reporting system" means a telephone service that provides the users of a public telephone system the ability to reach a primary public safety answering point by calling 9-1-1.

(17) "9-1-1 jurisdiction" means an entity created under ORS chapter 190, a county service district established under ORS chapter 451 to provide an emergency communications system, an emergency communications district created under ORS 401.818 (Definitions for ORS 401.818 to 401.857) to 401.857 (Advisory committee) or a group of public or private safety agencies who have agreed in writing to jointly plan the installation, maintenance, operation or improvement of a 9-1-1 emergency reporting system.

(18) "9-1-1 service area" means the geographical area that contains the entire central office serving area from which the primary public safety answering point will have the capability to answer calls placed to 9-1-1. [1981 c.533 §1; 1987 c.447 §125; 1987 c.525 §5; 1987 c.671 §15; 1989 c.793 §2; 1991 c.743 §1; 1993 c.187 §23; 1995 c.276 §1; 1999 c.1093 §13; 2007 c.70 §158; 2007 c.740 §32]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Alloca­tion of tax funds in connec­tion with nontelephonic items such as radio, microwave and computer components, (1982) Vol. 42, p 239

Chapter 401

Law Review Cita­tions

54 OLR 677 (1975)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 401—Emergency Services and Communications, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­401.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 401, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­401ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.