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66-2002. Duties of the corporation commission. The commission shall:

(a) Adopt a definition of "universal service" and "enhanced universal service," pursuant to subsections (p) and (q) of K.S.A. 66-1,187, and amendments thereto;

(b) authorize any requesting telecommunications carrier to provide local exchange or exchange access service pursuant to subsection (a) of K.S.A. 66-2003, and amendments thereto;

(c) on or before July 1, 1996, the commission shall initiate a proceeding to adopt guidelines to ensure that all telecommunications carriers and local exchange carriers preserve and enhance universal service, protect the public safety and welfare, ensure the continued quality of telecommunications services and safeguard the rights of consumers;

(d) review, approve and ensure compliance with network infrastructure plans submitted by local exchange carriers pursuant to K.S.A. 66-2005, and amendments thereto;

(e) review, approve and ensure compliance with regulatory plans submitted by local exchange carriers pursuant to K.S.A. 66-2005, and amendments thereto;

(f) on or before January 1, 1997, establish, pursuant to K.S.A. 66-2006, and amendments thereto, the Kansas lifeline service program, hereinafter referred to as the KLSP;

(g) initiate and complete a proceeding by January 1, 1997, to establish a competitively neutral mechanism or mechanisms to fund: Dual party relay services for Kansans who are speech or hearing impaired; telecommunications equipment for persons with visual impediments; and telecommunications equipment for persons with other special needs. This funding mechanism or mechanisms shall be implemented by March 1, 1997;

(h) on or before January 1, 1997, establish the Kansas universal service fund pursuant to K.S.A. 66-2008, and amendments thereto, hereinafter referred to as the KUSF, and make various determinations relating to the implementation of such fund;

(i) authorize all local exchange carriers to provide internet access as outlined in K.S.A. 66-2011, and amendments thereto, and report on the status of the implementation provisions to specified legislative committees;

(j) review the federal act and adopt additional standards and guidelines as necessary for enforcing slamming restrictions;

(k) commencing on June 1, 1997 and periodically thereafter, review and, to the extent necessary, modify the definition of universal service and enhanced universal service, and KUSF, taking into account advances in telecommunications and information technology and services;

(l) on or before January 1, 1997, initiate and complete a proceeding to establish minimum quality of service standards which will be equally applicable to all local exchange carriers in the state; any local exchange carrier violating such standards, for each occurrence, shall forfeit and pay a penalty of not less than $100, nor more than $5,000; violations of such standards shall be enforced in accordance with provisions of K.S.A. 66-138 and 66-177, and amendments thereto;

(m) on January 1, 2000, prepare and submit a report to the legislature. The report shall include an analysis of the manner in which the regulatory framework has served to: Protect consumers; safeguard universal service; ensure that consumers have reaped the benefits of competition; maximize the use of market forces; and promote development of the telecommunications infrastructure throughout the state. The commission also shall recommend if and how the KUSF should be modified; and

(n) report to the senate committee on utilities and the house committee on utilities and telecommunications by January 15, 2014 concerning the status of the federal communications commission's further notice of proposed rulemaking regarding Internet Protocol to Internet Protocol interconnection in WC docket nos. 10-90 et al., including, but not limited to, any final, non-appealable order issued in that proceeding regarding obligations to interconnect for the exchange of voice traffic regardless of the technology used to transmit that traffic that requires implementation by the commission.

History: L. 1996, ch. 268, § 3; L. 2013, ch. 110, § 6; July 1.

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