Goto Section: 213.4 | 213.6 | Table of Contents
Revised as of October 1, 2009
Goto Year:2008 |
§ 213.5 Precedence designators.
(a) The following precedence designators are available for Government
and public correspondence users:
Federal Government Domestic public correspondence and international
Flash Flash emergency.
Immediate Immediate emergency.
Priority Priority emergency.
Routine (No domestic equivalent.)
(b) Government and non-Government users of public correspondence
services will handle their international messages in accordance with
current ITU Telegraph Regulations. Government users should note that,
generally, the only precedence designator available for their use for
international messages sent over public correspondence circuits if Etat
Priorite. The ITU Regulations do not contain precedence designators
which equate to Flash, Immediate, or Priority. Accordingly, Government
messages whether Flash, Immediate, or Priority precedence when sent
over international public correspondence circuits will be handled as
Etat Priorite messages. Thus, Priority messages will receive the same
treatment in transmission and processing as Immediate or Flash
messages. Conversely, Etat Priorite messages received in the United
States shall be transmitted and processed in the order of receipt, to
the extent possible. The precedence designator available for
non-Government users of public correspondence services is Urgent. The
Urgent designator is limited for use only during wartime conditions, as
declared pursuant to section 606 of the Communications Act of 1934.
(c) Domestic and International U.S. common carriers, insofar as
practicable by agreement with their foreign correspondents, shall
endeavor to arrange the proper level of precedence handling of
international messages and calls originating, terminating in, or
transiting the United States: Provided, however, That insofar as
international messages are concerned the level of precedence shall be
consistent with the International Telecommunication Conventions and
(d) The Government designators shall be used throughout the Federal
Government. All messages and telephone calls sent via public
correspondence services shall use domestic or international public
correspondence designators as appropriate. Thus, the responsibility is
on Government and public correspondence users to recognize and use the
appropriate designators when using public correspondence services.
(e) On international telephone calls the carrier's operator will
convert to the appropriate international designator.
Goto Section: 213.4 | 213.6
Goto Year: 2008 |
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