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66-2007. Local exchange rates; commission investigation of increases; approval of certain price increases. (a) All local exchange carriers, not including electing carriers, providing long distance service in Kansas shall reduce their statewide averaged basic long distance rates to reflect the net reductions in access charges; however, such carriers shall be allowed to increase long distance rates to reflect the KUSF funding requirements set forth in K.S.A. 66-2008, and amendments thereto.

(b) The commission shall approve, upon not more than 120 days' notice, any basic local exchange price increases that in the aggregate in any one year are $1.50 or less per access line per month, that are proposed by any rural telephone company which is subject to traditional rate of return regulation and that comply with the requirements of this section. Any such proposed price increases shall be presumed reasonable and not subject to commission investigation and review if the rural telephone company has followed the notice requirements set forth below. However, the commission shall initiate an investigation if more than 15% of the subscribers subject to the rate increase request such an investigation within 60 days of the date of distribution of the notice of the proposed change. Upon filing such an application for a rate increase, any rural telephone company seeking expedited approval of the proposed rate under this section shall send a notice to its subscribers by regular mail, which may be included with regular subscriber mailings. Such mailings shall include the name, mailing address and telephone number of the commission. The notice shall include a schedule of the proposed local exchange rates, the effective date of the rates and a description of the procedures by which the subscribers can petition the commission to determine the reasonableness of the proposed rates, including a provision specifically stating that protest by 15% or more of subscribers subject to the proposed rate increase would require the commission to initiate an investigation concerning the reasonableness of the proposed rate increase.

(c) The commission shall have the right to investigate and determine the reasonableness of an increase in local exchange rates and charges under subsection (b) by any rural telephone company within one year of the time local exchange rates or charges are increased. If the commission determines such rate or charge increases are unreasonable, the commission shall have the authority to order a rate hearing and, after such hearing, shall have the authority to rescind all or any portion of the increases found to be unreasonable.

(d) The commission shall approve each application, within 45 days of such application, by a rural telephone company to increase the company's local service rates in an amount necessary for such company to maintain eligibility for full federal universal service support. If the commission does not order approval of such application within 45 days, the application shall be deemed approved.

History: L. 1996, ch. 268, § 8; L. 2013, ch. 110, § 10; L. 2016, ch. 40, § 5; July 1.

2020. Powered by KLISS. Rendered: 2020-08-08T20:57:21. Head Rev No: 634174