Telecommunications Industry Overview

The Telecommunications unit is responsible for overseeing the wholesale and provider-to-provider portions of the telecommunications industry in Wisconsin. The Commission does not regulate most retail offerings. The Commission regulates those services and providers that are subject to PSC jurisdiction within the mandates and direction of state law and related requirements of the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Focus of the Unit:

  • Oversee the providers of wholesale telecommunications services in the state
  • Certify new Wisconsin providers
  • Arbitrate interconnection agreements between providers and approve negotiated agreements
  • Resolve interconnection disputes between service providers
  • Designate Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs) as defined by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations
  • Annual Filing Requirements
  • Legal Name Changes