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AT&T Enhanced Prepaid Calling Cards


On May 15, 2003, AT&T filed a petition seeking a declaratory ruling that intrastate access charges did not apply to calls made using its “enhanced” prepaid calling cards, which provided additional information to the calling party in the form of an advertising message provided by the retailer of the card. AT&T contended that the “enhanced” cards provided an information service, rather than a telecommunications service, and, therefore, revenues from these cards were subject to neither access charges nor universal service assessments under section 254 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act). On November 22, 2004, AT&T submitted an ex parte letter requesting a declaratory ruling on two additional types of “enhanced” prepaid calling card offerings:  (1) cards that offer the caller a menu of options to access non-call-related information; and (2) cards that utilize IP technology, accessed by 8YY dialing, to transport a portion of the calling card call.

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