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66-2001. Telecommunications; declaration of public policy. It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the state to:

(a) Ensure that every Kansan will have access to a first class telecommunications infrastructure that provides excellent services at an affordable price;

(b) ensure that consumers throughout the state realize the benefits of competition through increased services and improved telecommunications facilities and infrastructure at reduced rates;

(c) promote consumer access to a full range of telecommunications services, including advanced telecommunications services that are comparable in urban and rural areas throughout the state;

(d) advance the development of a statewide telecommunications infrastructure that is capable of supporting applications, such as public safety, telemedicine, services for persons with special needs, distance learning, public library services, access to internet providers and others; and

(e) protect consumers of telecommunications services from fraudulent business practices and practices that are inconsistent with the public interest, convenience and necessity.

History: L. 1996, ch. 268, ยง 1; July 1.

Cross References to Related Sections:

Applicable definitions, see 66-1,187.

CASE ANNOTATIONS

1. Kansas telecommunications act concept of revenue neutrality and prohibition against audits and earning review do not violate public policy. Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Bd. v. Kansas Corporation Comm'n, 264 K. 363, 374, 956 P.2d 685 (1998); rev'g in part, 24 K.A.2d 222, 223, 227, 232, 241, 943 P.2d 494 (1997).

2. KCC's decision denying an income tax expense adjustment in its revenue requirement was unreasonable. Home Telephone Co. v. Kansas Corporation Comm'n, 31 K.A.2d 1002, 76 P.3d 1071 (2003).


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