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Title XXV INCORPORATION AND REGULATION OF CERTAIN UTILITIES AND CARRIERS

Chapter 392

Effective - 28 Aug 2008 bottom

  392.230.  Charges for short and long distance service — power of commission to stay increased rates — hearing, requirements, small telephone company, requirements. — 1.  No telecommunications company subject to the provisions of this chapter shall charge or receive any greater compensation in the aggregate for the transmission of any interexchange telecommunications service offered or provided for a shorter than for a longer distance over the same line or route in the same direction, within this state, the shorter being included within the longer distance, or charge any greater compensation for a through interexchange telecommunications service than the aggregate of the intermediate rates or tolls subject to the provisions of this chapter; but this shall not be construed as authorizing any such telecommunications company to charge or receive as great a compensation for a shorter as for a longer distance.

  2.  Upon application to the commission, a telecommunications company may, in special cases, after investigation, be authorized by the commission to charge less for a longer than for a shorter distance service for the transmission of messages or conversations, and the commission may from time to time prescribe the extent to which such telecommunications companies may be relieved from the operation and requirements of this section.

  3.  Whenever there shall be filed with the commission by any telecommunications company, other than a small telephone company, any schedule stating a new individual or joint rate, rental or charge, or any new individual or joint regulation or practice affecting any rate, rental or charge, the commission shall have, and it is hereby given, authority, either upon complaint or upon its own initiative without complaint, at once, and if it so orders without answer or other formal pleading by the interested telecommunications company or companies, but upon reasonable notice, to enter upon a hearing concerning the propriety of such rate, rental, charge, regulation or practice; and pending such hearing and the decision thereon the commission, upon filing with such schedule and delivering to the telecommunications company affected thereby a statement in writing of its reasons for such suspension, may suspend the operation of such schedule and defer the use of such rate, rental, charge, regulation or practice, but not for a longer period than sixty days beyond the time when such rate, rental, charge, regulation or practice would otherwise go into effect; and after full hearing, whether completed before or after the rate, rental, charge, regulation or practice goes into effect, the commission may make such order in reference to such rate, rental, charge, regulation or practice as would be proper in a proceeding initiated after the rate, rental, charge, regulation or practice had become effective, however, if any such hearing cannot be concluded within the period of suspension, as above stated, the commission may, in its discretion, extend the time of suspension for a further period not exceeding ninety days.

  4.  For the purposes of this section, a "small telephone company" is defined as a local exchange telecommunications company which serves no more than twenty-five thousand subscriber access lines in the state of Missouri.

  5.  Whenever a small telephone company seeks to implement any new individual or joint rate, rental or charge, or any individual or joint regulation or practice affecting any rate, rental or charge, it shall file same with the commission and notify its customers of such change at least thirty days in advance of the date on which the new rate, rental, charge, regulation or practice is proposed to become effective.  Upon the filing by a small telephone company of any new individual or joint rate, rental or charge, or any new individual or joint regulation or practice affecting any rate, rental or charge, the commission shall have, and it is hereby given, authority, either upon complaint or upon its own initiative without complaint, at once, and if it so orders without answer or other formal pleading by the interested small telephone company or companies, but upon reasonable notice, to enter upon a hearing concerning the propriety of such rate, rental, charge, regulation or practice; and pending such hearing and the decision thereon the commission, upon filing with such schedule and delivering to the small telephone company affected thereby a statement in writing of its reasons for such suspension, may suspend the operation of such schedule and defer the use of such rate, rental, charge, regulation or practice, but not for a longer period than one hundred fifty days beyond the time when such rate, rental, charge, regulation or practice would otherwise go into effect.  If the commission fails to issue its decision within the one-hundred-fifty-day suspension period, the investigation shall be closed and the rate, rental, charge, regulation or practice shall be considered approved for all purposes.

  6.  At any hearing involving a rate increased or a rate sought to be increased after the passage of this law, the burden of proof to show that the increased rate or proposed increased rate is just and reasonable shall be upon the telecommunications company, and the commission shall give to the hearing and decision of such questions preference over all other questions pending before it and decide the same as speedily as possible.

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(RSMo 1939 § 5671, A.L. 1987 H.B. 360, A.L. 2008 H.B. 1779)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 5215; 1919 § 10503


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