Often, ALS will include an amendment control procedure that defines a mechanism for agreeing and recording changes to the agreement or services to be provided. In an agreement of any length or complexity, it is inevitable that changes will be made to services (which affects service levels) and an agreed and properly implemented change control procedure is essential. It is not uncommon for an internet service provider (or network service provider) to explicitly state its own ALS on its website. [7] [9] The U.S. Telecommunications Act of 1996 does not specifically require companies to have ALS, but it does provide a framework for companies to do so in Sections 251 and 252. [10] Section 252 (c) (1) (« Duty to Negotiate ») obliges z.B. established local exchange operators (CIDs) to negotiate in good faith matters such as the sale of dentes` and access to whistleblowing channels. This is a service level agreement (SLA) between [customer] and [service provider]. This document identifies the required services and the expected level of service between MM/DD/YYYY to MM/DD/YYYY.

In order for ALS to have a « bite, » the non-level of service must have financial consequences for the service provider. More often than not, the integration of a service credit system is the most common way to achieve this. In essence, the service provider pays the customer an agreed amount that should be used as an incentive for performance improvement if the service provider does not meet or credit the agreed service standards. These service credits can be measured in different ways. Like what. B, if the 99.5% level for reports is not met, ALS could include a service credit, which is granted some price reduction for each performance gap of 0.5% per week. Service credits may also be granted if z.B. three or more errors occur to complete a level of service over a period of time. Here too, each level of service must be considered individually and a reasonable level of credit must be agreed between the service provider and the customer if the agreed level is not reached over a period of time. It is important that the service credits are adequate and that they encourage the provider to do better and that they enter early enough to make a difference. The respondent rejected the applicant`s arguments.

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