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FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 410

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 9, TITLE 26 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO TELEGRAPH, TELEPHONE AND ELECTRIC UTILITY CORPORATIONS AND CALLER IDENTIFICATION SERVICES.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Chapter 9, Title 26, Delaware Code by redesignating

§§901-907 as "Subchapter I. General Provisions."

Section 2. Amend Chapter 9, Title 26, Delaware Code by adding a new

Subchapter II to read as follows:

"Subchapter II. Caller Identification Service.

§920. Definitions

The term 'caller identification' means the transmission of
information that identifies the originator of a communication to the recipient of the communication via an electronic signal which is decoded by a customer provided display unit which displays, records, or forwards the caller's telephone number or other identifying information. Such term shall not include (1) an internal office system, including but not limited to, a centrex or private branch exchange (PBX) system or virtual private network, (ii) an identification system used for emergencies, such as an emergency telephone line used by a public agency or a 911 emergency telephone service, (iii) any identification service provided with legally sanctioned call tracing or tapping procedures, or (iv) any automatic number identification service or technology.

The term 'automatic number identification service' means an access signaling protocol in common use by common carriers that uses an identifying signal associated with the use of a subscriber's telephone to provide billing information or other information to the local exchange carrier or any other interconnecting carriers; and

The term 'blocking' means a service that allows the originator of a call to prevent or control the transmission of information that identifies the originator to the recipient of the call.

§921. Per line blocking

Every provider of electronic or wire communication services that provides a caller identification service shall provide blocking on a per line basis without charge at the request of an originator that is a victim of domestic violence protected by a court order, a victim's service program, or a battered women's shelter or other organization providing safe haven for victims of domestic violence.

Section 3. This Act shall be effective 60 days after its enactment into law.

Approved July 15, 1992.