2019 Missouri Revised Statutes
Title XXV - Incorporation and Regulation of Certain Utilities and Carriers
Chapter 392 - Telephone and Telegraph Companies
Section 392.210 Reports and records of telecommunication companies.

Universal Citation: MO Rev Stat § 392.210 (2019)

Effective 28 Aug 1987

392.210. Reports and records of telecommunication companies. — 1. Every telecommunications company shall file with the commission an annual report at a time and covering the yearly period fixed by the commission. Such annual report shall be verified by the oath of the president, treasurer, general manager or receiver, if any, of any of such companies, or by the person required to file the same. Verification shall be made by the official holding office at the time of the filing of such report, and if not made upon the knowledge of the person verifying, the same shall set forth in general terms the sources of his information and the grounds for his belief as to any matters not stated to be verified on his knowledge. The commission shall prescribe the form of such reports and the character of the information to be contained therein and may, from time to time, make such changes and additions in regard to form and contents thereof as it may deem proper, and shall furnish a blank form for such annual reports to every telecommunications company required to make the same. The form of such reports shall follow, as nearly as may be, the form prescribed by the Federal Communications Commission. When the report of any telecommunications company is defective or erroneous, the commission shall notify the company to amend the same within a time prescribed by the commission. Such reports shall be preserved in the office of the commission. The commission may require of any telecommunications company specific answers to questions upon which the commission may desire information. If any telecommunications company shall fail to make and file its annual report as and when required or within such extended time as the commission may allow, or shall fail to make specific answers to any question within the period specified by the commission for the making and filing of such answers, such company shall forfeit to the state the sum of one hundred dollars for each and every day it shall continue to be in default with respect to such report or answer. Such forfeiture shall be recovered in an action brought by the commission in the name of the state of Missouri. The amount recovered in any such action shall be paid to the public school fund of the state. The commission may, when it deems it advisable, exempt any telecommunications company from the necessity of filing annual reports until the further order of the commission.

2. The commission may establish a system of accounts to be used by telecommunications companies, which are required to make annual reports to it, or classify the companies, and prescribe a system of accounts for each class and may prescribe the manner in which such accounts shall be kept. The system of accounts required shall follow, as nearly as may be, the system prescribed by the Federal Communications Commission. It may also, in its discretion, prescribe the form of records to be kept by such companies. The commission shall at all times have access to all accounts, records and memoranda kept by telecommunications companies, and may designate any of its officers or employees who shall thereupon be authorized under the order of the commission to inspect and examine any and all accounts, records and memoranda kept by any such company; and the commission may, after hearing, prescribe, by order, the accounts in which particular outlays and receipts shall be entered, charged or credited. Any employee or agent of the commission who divulges any fact or information which may come to his knowledge during the course of any such inspection or examination, except insofar as he may be directed by the commission by regulation or otherwise, or by a court or judge thereof, or authorized by law, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any provision of law prohibiting the disclosure of the contents of telegraph messages or the contents or substance of telecommunications transmissions shall not be deemed to prohibit the disclosure of any matter in accordance with the provisions of sections 392.190 to 392.530.


(RSMo 1939 § 5668, A.L. 1984 H.B. 1477, A.L. 1987 H.B. 360)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 5212; 1919 § 10500

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