2019 Missouri Revised Statutes
Title XXV - Incorporation and Regulation of Certain Utilities and Carriers
Chapter 392 - Telephone and Telegraph Companies
Section 392.450 Requirements, approval of certificates — commission to adopt rules — modification, when — federal law not preempted.

Universal Citation: MO Rev Stat § 392.450 (2019)

Effective 28 Aug 2008

392.450. Requirements, approval of certificates — commission to adopt rules — modification, when — federal law not preempted. — 1. The commission shall approve an application for a certificate of local exchange service authority to provide basic local telecommunications service or for the resale of basic local telecommunications service only upon a showing by the applicant, and a finding by the commission, after notice and hearing that the applicant has complied with the certification process established pursuant to section 392.455.

2. In addition, the commission shall adopt such rules, consistent with section 253(b) of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 to preserve and advance universal service, protect the public safety and welfare, ensure the continued quality of telecommunications services, and safeguard the rights of consumers. Such rules, at a minimum, shall require that all applicants seeking a certificate to provide basic local telecommunications services under this section:

(1) File and maintain tariffs with the commission in the same manner and form as the commission requires of the incumbent local exchange telecommunications company with which the applicant seeks to compete; and

(2) Meet the minimum service standards as the commission requires of the incumbent local exchange telecommunications company with which the applicant seeks to compete.

3. An alternative local exchange telecommunications company which possesses a certificate of service authority to provide basic local telecommunications service as of August 28, 2008, in some but not all exchanges of the state may request the commission to modify its existing certificate to include some or all of the remaining exchanges in the state. The commission shall grant such request within thirty days of its filing as long as the alternative local exchange telecommunications company is in good standing, in all respects, with all applicable commission rules and requirements.

4. Nothing in this chapter or in chapter 386 is intended to alter the rights and obligations arising under federal law, including the interconnection and unbundling provisions of 47 U.S.C. Sections 251 and 252, irrespective of the type of technology being used by the requesting local exchange telecommunications company and whether the local exchange telecommunications company is providing telecommunications service or interconnected voice over internet protocol service, as those terms are defined in chapter 386, and the jurisdiction and authority of the commission to mediate and arbitrate disputes arising under said federal law provisions shall remain unaffected.

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(L. 1987 H.B. 360, A.L. 1996 S.B. 507, A.L. 2008 H.B. 1779)

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