§ 3.08.205  DEFINITIONS.
   Except where the context otherwise requires, the definitions given in this section govern the construction of this subchapter.
   ANCILLARY TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES.  Services that are associated with or incidental to the provision, use or enjoyment of telecommunications services, including but not limited to, the following services:
      1.   CONFERENCE BRIDGING SERVICE.  An ancillary service that links two or more participants of an audio or video conference call, and may include the provision of a telephone number. CONFERENCE BRIDGING SERVICE does not include the telecommunications services used to reach the conference bridge.
      2.    DETAILED TELECOMMUNICATIONS BILLING SERVICE.  An ancillary service of separately stating information pertaining to individual calls on a customer's billing statement.
      3.   DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE.  An ancillary service of providing telephone number  and/or address information.
      4.   VERTICAL SERVICE.  An ancillary service that is offered in connection with one or more telecommunications services, which offers advanced calling features that allow customers to identify callers, and to manage multiple calls and call connections, including conference bridging services.
      5.    VOICEMAIL SERVICE.  An ancillary service that enables the customer to store, send or receive recorded messages.  VOICEMAIL SERVICE does not include any vertical services that the customer may be required to have in order to utilize the voicemail service.
   BILLING ADDRESS.  The mailing address of the service user where the service supplier submits invoices or bills for payment by the customer.
   CITY.  The City of Culver City.
   COMMUNICATION SERVICES.  Telecommunications services and video services.
   ELECTRICAL CORPORATION.  Includes any organization or municipality or agency engaged in the selling or supplying of electrical power to a service user.
   EXEMPT WHOLESALE GENERATOR.  The same meaning as set forth in the Federal Power Act (15 U.S.C. Section 79z-5a) and regulations thereunder.
   GAS.  Natural or manufactured gas, or any alternate hydrocarbon fuel that may be substituted therefor.
   MONTH.  A calendar month.
      1.   A service supplier, other than a provider of electric distribution services to all or a significant portion of the city, which generates electricity for sale to others, and shall include, but is not limited to, any publicly-owned electric utility, investor-owned utility, cogenerator, exempt wholesale generator, municipal utility district, federal power marketing agency, electric rural cooperative, or other supplier or seller of electricity.
      2.   An electric service provider (ESP), electricity broker, marketer, aggregator, pool, operator, or other electricity supplier other than a provider of electric distribution services to all or a significant portion of the city, which sells or supplies electricity or supplemental services to electricity users within the city; and
      3.   A gas service supplier, aggregator, marketer or broker, other than a provider of gas distribution services to all or a significant portion of the city, which sells or supplies gas or supplemental services to gas users within the city.
   PERSON.  Without limitation, any domestic, non-profit or foreign corporation, firm, association, syndicate, joint-stock company, partnership of any kind, joint venture, club, trust, limited liability company,  business or common-law trust, society, any natural individual, cooperative, receiver, trustee, guardian or other representative appointed by order of any court, or any municipal corporation (other than the city).
   PRIVATE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES.  Any dedicated communications services that entitle the user to the exclusive or priority use of communications channels.
   SERVICE SUPPLIER. Any entity or person that provides telephone communication, electric, gas, water, or video service to a user of such services within the city. The term shall include an entity or person required to collect (or self-collect under § 3.08.222 of this subchapter) and remit a tax imposed by this subchapter, including its billing agent in the case of gas, electric, water and video service suppliers.
   SERVICE USER.  A person required to pay a tax imposed by this subchapter.
   TAX ADMINISTRATOR.  The Treasurer of the City of Culver City, or his or her authorized representative.
   TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES.  The transmission, conveyance, or routing of voice, data, audio, video, or any other information or signals to a point, or between or among points, whatever the technology used, whether or not such information is transmitted through interconnected service with the public switched network, or through fiber optic, coaxial cable, power line transmission, broadband, digital subscriber line or other wireless transmission. The term TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES includes such transmission, conveyance, or routing in which computer processing applications are used to act on the form, code or protocol of the content for purposes of transmission, conveyance or routing, without regard to whether such services are referred to as voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services or are classified by the Federal Communications Commission as enhanced or value added, and includes video and/or data services that are functionally integrated with TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES. TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES include, but are not limited to, the following services, regardless of the manner or basis on which such services are calculated or billed: central office and custom calling features (including but not limited to, call waiting, call forwarding, caller identification and three-way calling), local number portability, text messaging, ancillary telecommunication services; prepaid and post-paid services (including but not limited to, prepaid calling cards); mobile telecommunications service; private communication service; paging service; and 800 service (or any other toll-free numbers designated by the Federal Communications Commission). TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES does not include digital downloads, such as downloads of books, music, ringtones, games and similar digital products.
   VIDEO SERVICE SUPPLIER.  Any person, company, or service that provides one or more channels of video programming or video communications (including the leasing of channel access to provide such video programming or communications) to or from an address in the city, including to or from a business, home, condominium, or apartment, where some fee is paid, whether directly or included in dues or rental charges for that service, whether or not public rights-of-way are utilized in the delivery of the video programming or communications. VIDEO SERVICE SUPPLIER includes, but is not limited to, multichannel video programming distributors [as defined in 47 U.S.C. Section 522(12)], suppliers of cable television, master antenna television, satellite master antenna television, multichannel multipoint distribution services, direct broadcast satellite (to the extent allowed by federal law), and other suppliers of video programming or communications (including two-way communications), whatever their technology.
   VIDEO SERVICES.  Any and all services related to the supplying of video programming (including origination programming), communications (including two-way communications), regardless of the content of the video programming or communications, and shall include, without limitation, the leasing of channel access (e.g., home shopping) to the extent that the service user is subject to an additional direct or indirect charge for programming or communications over the leased channel and ancillary video services, including any service that is associated with or incidental to the provision or delivery of video services, including but not limited to: electronic program guide services, search functions, or other interactive services that are associated with or incidental to the provision or use of video programming.
('65 Code, § 33B-2) (Ord. No. CS-621 § 1 (part); Am. Ord. No. 2000-001§ 1 (part); Ord. No. 2008-007½ § 1)