Chapter 93 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 113, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, the following section:-
Section 113A. (a) As used in this section, the followings words shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings:-
“Business”, any corporation, limited liability company, partnership, sole proprietorship or other form of business organization with a headquarters or any other office or presence in the commonwealth.
“Competitor”, a company with a listing on any telephone directory in the same category as the former customer. A telephone directory includes directories associated with or affiliated with the telephone company or wireless telephone company. A telephone directly includes those maintained in print, online or in any other form and available to any telephone user calling directory assistance or online user searching through directory assistance affiliated with said telephone company or wireless telephone company.
“Former customer”, a business that has contracted with a telephone company or wireless telephone company for telephone or wireless telephone services, and has terminated such service with that company; provided, however, a “former customer” shall include a current customer that has reduced service with a telephone company or wireless telephone company without canceling the service; and provided, further that a business shall only be considered a “former customer” for 5 years after the date of termination of all telephone or wireless telephone services.
“Telephone company”, a common carrier under chapters 159 and 166, and referring to a business in the commonwealth that is a provider of local exchange service, so-called, to 1,000 or more subscribers.
“Wireless telephone company”, a person or company engaged in the business of providing wireless telephone service, including mobile radio telephone service or radio utilities, to customers in the commonwealth.
(b) A telephone company or wireless telephone company shall not knowingly forward, or cause to be forwarded, a telephone call made to a telephone number previously assigned to a former customer to a competitor without the written consent of the former customer.
(c) A telephone company or wireless telephone company shall not knowingly forward, or cause to be forwarded, a telephone call made to a telephone number previously assigned to a former customer to an automated telephone directory listing that recites the names and phone numbers of competitors within the information provided to the caller either directly or through the use of the automated telephone director, without the written consent of the former customer.
(d) Nothing in this section shall prevent a telephone company or wireless telephone company from re-assigning a telephone number terminated by a former customer to any other customer, or from attaching any recording or automated recording to any telephone number terminated by a former customer that informs the caller that the line is no longer in use, or from retaining the terminated telephone number for any other reason unless prohibited by any other general or special law. Nothing in this section shall prevent a telephone company or wireless telephone company from assisting a former customer itself placing a recording on a terminated telephone number.
(e) A violation of this section shall constitute an unfair method of competition or an unfair or deceptive act or practice pursuant to chapter 93A.
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