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Become a Certificated Telecom Service Provider

Certificate of Authority

Oregon law requires that any carrier providing intrastate telecommunications service in Oregon must have a certificate of authority from the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC). There are two types of carriers for certification purposes: competitive providers and telecommunications utilities.
  • Competitive providers are service providers classified under ORS 759.020, and offer local exchange service and/or interexchange service on a for-hire basis statewide or in specific areas.
  • Telecommunications utilities, including cooperatives, are service providers that must provide local exchange services in exclusively allocated territory.


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