2003 -- H 6518
RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - - TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Introduced By: Representative Arthur J. Corvese
Date Introduced: June 12, 2003
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 5-70-7 of the General Laws in Chapter 5-70 entitled
"Telecommunications" is hereby amended to read as follows:
5-70-7. Persons and work exempt. -- The provisions of this chapter do not apply to:
(1) The work and equipment employed in connection with the operation of signals, or the
transmission of intelligence, and performed by an employee of a municipality or public utility
where that work and equipment is an integral part of the communication system owned and
operated by a municipality or by a public utility company; or in rendering that work that is
subject to regulation under the authority of the public utility commission or the federal
communications commission. Work and equipment are integral parts of a communication system
if the work and equipment are used to transmit telephone calls or messages in those
(2) The work and equipment employed in connection with any community antenna
television system (CATV) subject to regulation under title 39 by the division of public utilities; or
any subcontractor of the CATV system while performing the work, whether or not the work is
deemed regulated or nonregulated by a state or federal code, statute, regulation, or decision of any
regulatory authority or board.
(3) The work and equipment employed in connection with any public or private radio or
television station and/or service and their authorized agents, that have in their employ a person
holding a valid federal commercial class license granted by the federal communication
(4) The work and equipment employed in connection with the installation and/or
servicing of data processing systems or personal computers that are provided by a data processing
firm or corporation. This exemption does not extend to include work pursuant to this chapter.
(5) This chapter does not forbid the installation of telecommunications systems in a
single family residential building or on the immediate premises of the building by the owner if the
owner is living on, or about to live on, the premises.
(6) This chapter exempts and has no application to any holder of an electrical
contractor's license, certificate A or the holder of an electrician's journeyperson's license,
certificate B, issued by the Rhode Island department of labor and training, division of
professional regulation, and an electrician apprentice registered by the department of labor and
training working under the direct supervision of a holder of an electrician journeyperson's license,
Class B. Work performed pursuant to this chapter is designed in accordance with the provisions
of this chapter or a manufacturer's design and specification installation instruction.
(7) This chapter does not forbid any person who now holds a license issued by the state
in the performance of their normal duties; nor does it forbid any person who now holds a license
to operate a moving picture machine in the performance of their normal duties; provided, that the
person holds a valid license that was granted by a town or city council in the state or by an
official, board, or agency endowed with authority to issue that license. This exemption does not
apply to work performed that is not directly related to the performance of the duties of the license
holder that are regulated under the valid license.
(8) (i) Any firm, corporation, or other form of legal entity which employs permanent
staff to design, configure, install, or service telecommunications system(s) within its own
organization, affiliates, members, or network. The organization is referred to as a "self-provider"
for purposes of this chapter.
(ii) The staff employed by the self-provider is not required to be licensed under this
chapter while performing work in supporting the telecommunications system(s) within its
organization, affiliates, members, or network.
(iii) However, should the self-provider contract any services provided by the subject
telecommunications system(s), those individuals performing the work associated with the
services are not exempt from this chapter and must hold the appropriate license under this
(9) This chapter does not forbid the work of any person who holds a registration as a
professional engineer in this state in the performance of their normal duties; provided, that the
work is stamped and signed in accordance with the rules and regulations of the board of
registration of professional engineers.
(10) The telecommunications work and equipment in mines, ships, railway rolling stock,
or automotive equipment.
(11) The work and equipment employed in connection with kindergarten through grade
12 schools or public libraries utilizing volunteers under the direct supervision of a Rhode Island
licensed telecommunication system contractor (TSC), with no more than two (2) volunteers being
directly supervised by a Telecommunication Systems Contractor (TSC).
[Repealed effective August 1, 2003.]The work and equipment employed in
connection with any telephone company with fifty thousand (50,000) or more access lines subject
to regulation by the public utilities commission and/or the division of public utilities, whether or
not the work is deemed regulated or nonregulated by a state or federal code, statute, regulation, or
decision of any regulatory
authority or board.
The provisions of this subsection only shall be effective until August 1, 2003,
after which date they shall be deemed repealed.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.