An act relating to countywide and area code wide local telephone service. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky

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UNOFFICIAL COPY AS OF 04/14/16 00 REG. SESS. 00 RS BR 2502

AN ACT relating to countywide and area code wide local telephone service.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

Section 1. KRS 278.545 is amended to read as follows:

(1) As used in this section:

(a) "Countywide local exchange telephone service" or "countywide service" means that no toll or distance charges are made for telephone calls which both originate and terminate within the geographical area of a county. A local exchange may embrace an area larger than a single county; and

(b) "Major telephone company" means a telephone company with annual gross operating revenues of one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) or more.

(2) If a major telephone company serves all subscribers in a county but does not provide countywide service, and if at least two thousand (2,000) subscribers are not able to telephone the county seat of the county without paying toll charges, then the Public Service Commission shall by order require provision of countywide local exchange telephone service within the county no later than October 1, 1987.

(3) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, beginning August 1, 2001, the commission shall not approve any rate schedule which authorizes a separate long-distance toll charge for calls between two (2) or more telephone companies within the same county.

(4) Where two (2) or more telephone companies operate in the same area code, each company shall provide a plan for extended area service that would allow for local calling within a given area code regardless of whether the call must be switched through to another company in the area code. Any rate schedule approved prior to August 1, 2001, shall be amended to comply with this section by no later than July 1, 2002.

(5) The commission may grant an extension of time or modify the requirements of subsection (3) and subsection (4) of this section if the telephone company is able to show evidence of geographic, economic, or technological unfeasibility to comply with the provisions of this section.

(6) The commission may require telephone companies to enter into negotiations to provide for countywide local calling or for area code wide local calling if the commission deems the rates for either of the extended area plans to be excessive or unreasonable.

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