2019 Missouri Revised Statutes
Title XXV - Incorporation and Regulation of Certain Utilities and Carriers
Chapter 392 - Telephone and Telegraph Companies
Section 392.240 Rates — rentals — service and physical connections.

Universal Citation: MO Rev Stat § 392.240 (2019)

Effective 28 Aug 1987

392.240. Rates — rentals — service and physical connections. — 1. Whenever the commission shall be of the opinion, after a hearing had upon its own motion or upon a complaint, that the rates, charges, tolls or rentals demanded, exacted, charged or collected by any telecommunications company for the transmission of messages or communications, or for the rental or use of any telecommunications facilities or that the rules, regulations or practices of any telecommunications company affecting such rates, charges, rentals or service are unjust, unreasonable, unjustly discriminatory or unduly preferential or in any wise in violation of law, or that the maximum rates, charges or rentals chargeable by any such telecommunications company are insufficient to yield reasonable compensation for the service rendered, the commission shall with due regard, among other things, to a reasonable average return upon the value of the property actually used in the public service and of the necessity of making reservation out of income for surplus and contingencies, determine the just and reasonable rates, charges and rentals to be thereafter observed and in force as the maximum to be charged, demanded, exacted or collected for the performance or rendering of the service specified and shall fix the same by order to be served upon all telecommunications companies by which such rates, charges and rentals are thereafter to be observed, and thereafter no increase in any rate, charge or rental so fixed shall be made without the consent of the commission.

2. Whenever the commission shall be of the opinion, after a hearing had upon its own motion or upon complaint, that the rules, regulations or practices of any telecommunications company are unjust or unreasonable, or that the equipment or service of any telecommunications company is inadequate, insufficient, improper or inefficient, the commission shall determine the just, reasonable, adequate, efficient and proper regulations, practices, equipment and service thereafter to be installed, to be observed and used and to fix and prescribe the same by order to be served upon every telecommunications company to be bound thereby, and thereafter it shall be the duty of every telecommunications company to which such order is directed to obey each and every such order so served upon it and to do everything necessary or proper in order to secure compliance with and observance of every such order by all its officers, agents and employees according to its true intent and meaning. Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed as giving to the commission power to make any order, direction or requirement requiring any telecommunications company to perform any act which is unjust or unreasonable or in violation of any law of this state or of the United States not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter.

3. Whenever the commission, after a hearing had upon its own motion or upon complaint, shall find that a physical connection can reasonably be made between the lines of two or more telecommunications companies whose facilities can be made to form a continuous link of communication by the construction and maintenance of suitable connections for the transfer of messages or conversations, and that public convenience and necessity will be subserved thereby, or shall find that two or more telecommunications companies have failed to establish joint rates, tolls or charges for service by or over their facilities, and that joint rates, tolls or charges ought to be established, the commission may, by its order, require that such connection be made, except where the purpose of such connection is primarily to secure the transmission of local telecommunications service and the telecommunications be transmitted over such connection under such rules and regulations as the commission may establish, and prescribe through lines and joint rates, tolls and charges to be made, and to be used, observed and in force in the future. If any two telecommunications companies do not agree upon the division between them of the cost of such physical connection or connections or the division of the joint rates, tolls or charges established by the commission over such through facilities, the commission shall have authority, after further hearing, to establish such division by supplemental order.


(RSMo 1939 § 5670, A.L. 1987 H.B. 360)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 5214; 1919 § 10502

(1976) Held, public service commission has authority to question reasonableness of price paid for items of property bought by utility and included in its rate base. State ex rel. General Telephone Co. v. Public Service Commission (A.), 537 S.W.2d 655.

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