CLEC - Competitive Local Exchange Carriers
When the FCC deregulated the local exchange market in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, it opened local exchange service to competition. The Commission created two new categories of certification called the COA - Certificate of Operating Authority and the SPCOA - Service Provider Certificate of Operating Authority.
Who Should File: Any utility/company that intends to provide local exchange telephone service, basic local telecommunications service, or switched access service to customers besides itself must obtain certification from this Commission. Any utility/ company that intends to provide data-only service over the local network is encouraged to file for certification. Any utility/company that currently holds a COA or SPCOA and requests changes to the existing certification.
When to File: By law, PURA (Public Utility Regulatory Act) §54.103(a) the Commission has 60 days in which to grant or deny certification, with extensions granted for show of good cause. The 60-day time limit begins with the filing of the CLEC Application. Amendments to certifications are processed using the same time line as new certifications.
Forms - Applications
CLEC (COA & SPCOA) Application Format - For New and Amendment Certifications
FAQ on CLEC (COA & SPCOA) Applications - Explanations to facilitate the filing of New and Amendment Applications
Annual Report - CLEC/CTU Annual Information Reporting - Login Required
SPCOA and COA Holders Annual Reporting Requirement.
Email email@example.com if you have any questions.
The filing deadline begins January 1st and ends on April 30th of each year.
CTP Quarterly Reporting pursuant to HB 1777
HUB - Historically Underutilized Business
Tariffs and Price Sheets
A CLEC shall file either a Tariff or Price Sheet before service begins. There is no approval process and there is no required format. Tariffs and Price Sheets are for "Informational Purposes" only. The Tariff or Price Sheet becomes active the day it is filed with Central Records. The Tariffs or Price Sheets shall be filed in Control Number 27385.
Basic 9-1-1 Information
9-1-1 Remittance Information
9-1-1 Entity Contact Information
Competitive Local Exchange Carriers - clec.csv
Corrections to these lists: Please update your company contact information using the PUC Portal and either "CLEC Annual Report" or "Company Contacts", if later than annual report due date. Both are available in PUC Applications.
Rules - Statutes - Orders
Procedural Rule §22.71 - Filing of Pleadings, Documents and Other Materials.
Substantive Rule §26.89 - Information Regarding Rates and Services of Nondominant Carriers
Substantive Rule §26.111 - Standards for Granting SPCOAs
Substantive Rule §26.131 - CLEC-to-CLEC and CLEC-to-ILEC Migration Guidelines
Questions and Answers
Technical - Gordon Van Sickle at 512-936-7343 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial - Diane Hopingardner at 512 - 936-7233 - email@example.com
Tariffs/Price Sheets - Stephen Mendoza at 512-936-7394 - Stephen.Mendoza@puc.texas.gov
Central Records at 512-936-7180