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Telecommunications Administrative Rules and Statutes

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   37-30A-1      Definition of terms.
   37-30A-2      Required disclosures.
   37-30A-3      Unreasonable solicitor practices.
   37-30A-4      Written confirmation of verbal agreement required.
   37-30A-5      Contents of written confirmation.
   37-30A-6      Terms of liability for goods or services.
   37-30A-7      Right of cancellation for consumer.
   37-30A-8      Excluded transactions.
   37-30A-9      Repealed.
   37-30A-10      Additional excluded transactions.
   37-30A-11      Return of goods within refund period--Duties of telemarketer who has received notice to cancel from consumer.
   37-30A-12      Location of sale.
   37-30A-13      Willful violation.
   37-30A-14      Civil action permitted for willful violation.
   37-30A-15      Other actions not affected.
   37-30A-16      Violation as misdemeanor.
   37-30A-17      Telemarketer must prove exemption.

   49-1A-1      Purpose of fund.
   49-1A-1.1      Repealed.
   49-1A-2      Gross receipts tax fund established.
   49-1A-3      Annual intrastate gross receipts tax levied--Amount.
   49-1A-3.1      Repealed.
   49-1A-4      Annual report of gross receipts--Filing date--Verification--Annual rate setting and tax assessment.
   49-1A-5      Tax payment date.
   49-1A-6      Penalty for late payment--Collection procedure.
   49-1A-7      Use of fund for utilities and telecommunications companies regulation expenses-- Payment on warrants--Expenditure authorized.
   49-1A-8      South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Regulatory Assessment Fee fund created-- Deposits--Amount.
   49-1A-9      Deposit used to defray analyzing and ruling expenses--Payment on warrants.
   49-1A-10      Record of expenditures--Determination of surplus or deficiency--Notice to company- -Objection--Hearing--Appeal.
   49-1A-11      Actual costs assessed to electric or gas utility or to a utility's supplier.

49-31-1      Definitions.
49-31-1.1      "Noncompetitive service" defined.
49-31-1.2      "Emerging competitive service" defined.
49-31-1.3      "Fully competitive service" defined.
49-31-1.4      "Price regulation" defined--Determination of fair and reasonable price.
49-31-2      Applicability of statutes to telecommunications companies.
49-31-3      General supervision of telecommunications companies offering common carrier services by commission where not preempted--Filing application with commission--Demonstration of capabilities--Rules--Offering services without certificate of authority as misdemeanor.
49-31-3.1      Approval required for discontinuance of noncompetitive telecommunications service.
49-31-3.2      Waiver, modification, etc., of rules and orders for fully competitive or emerging competitive service--Application for classification--Factors in determining classification--Time for approval or denial.
49-31-3.3      Investigation of telecommunications services--Ninety-day period-- Reclassification--Burden of proof--Reclassification after 90 days.
49-31-3.4      Reclassification proceeding--Factors in determining reclassification--Burden of proof--Stay of price change--Penalties and costs for spurious petition.
49-31-4      Determination and approval of rates and prices by commission--Attribution of revenues, investments and expenses--Rules.
49-31-4.1      Hearings on price regulation--Petition--Adoption of price regulation for noncompetitive service.
49-31-4.2      Uniform prices for intrastate interexchange telecommunications services-- Volume discounts--Taxes.
49-31-4.3      Accounts of other businesses--Consideration by commission--Disallowance of unreasonable profits--Burden of proof.
49-31-5      Promulgation of rules for conduct of business.
49-31-5.1      Telecommunications cooperatives, municipal telephone systems and independent telephone companies--Election to be regulated by commission.
49-31-5.2      Independent telecommunications companies--Petition by subscribers for election to be regulated by commission.
49-31-5.3      Independent telecommunications companies--Procedure for election by subscribers to be regulated by commission.
49-31-5.4      Independent telecommunications companies--"Subscribers" defined.
49-31-6      Valuation of company property.
49-31-7      Improvement of business and equipment--Notice to company from commission.
49-31-7.1      Powers and duties of commission.
49-31-7.2      Liability for damages unaffected.
49-31-7.3      Court order to testify or produce records--Violation as contempt.
49-31-7.4      Obstruction of commission--Civil fine.
49-31-8, 49-31-9. Repealed.
49-31-10      Delivery of messages to persons intended--Care required.
49-31-11      Discrimination prohibited--Civil fine.
49-31-12      Commission to make rate or price schedule--Different rates or prices for different companies or services--Revision of rates--Notice to companies.
49-31-12.1      Tariff as prima facie evidence of reasonableness--Commission certified as true copy.
49-31-12.2      Duties of regulated companies concerning publication and filing of rates or prices.
49-31-12.3      Failure to file tariffs and agreements--Mandamus.
49-31-12.4      Filing of new or changed tariff--Procedures for commission.
49-31-12.5      Filing of new schedule affecting emerging competitive service--Notice and hearing--Suspension or disapproval of price or practice.
49-31-12.6      Deposits into regulatory assessment fee fund.
49-31-13      Repealed.
49-31-14      Repealed.
49-31-14.1      Repealed.
49-31-15      Access to telecommunications facilities--Application to commission--Order requiring access--Apportionment of expenses.
49-31-16      Repealed.
49-31-17      Repealed.
49-31-18      Access provided to companies doing business in same vicinity--Discrimination prohibited.
49-31-19      Tariff of access charges--Approval by commission.
49-31-20      Merger, consolidation, or transfer of stock or other ownership interests-- Notification.
49-31-21      Repealed.
49-31-22 to 49-31-24. Transferred.
49-31-25      Disclosure of contents, refusal to send or forging receipt of message as misdemeanor--Judicially ordered disclosure excepted.
49-31-26      Disclosure of message without written permission of sender or addressee as misdemeanor--Judicial disclosure excepted.
49-31-27      Repealed.
49-31-28      Party line and emergency calls--Definitions.
49-31-29      Intentional refusal to relinquish party line in emergency as misdemeanor.
49-31-29.1      "Communication device" and "emergency" defined.
49-31-29.2      Interference with emergency communication--Violation a misdemeanor.
49-31-30      Securing line by claiming nonexistent emergency as misdemeanor.
49-31-31      Threatening or harassing telephone calls as misdemeanor.
49-31-32      Obscene telephone calls--Failure to replace receiver--Prima facie evidence of unlawfulness.
49-31-32.1      Dial-a-porn communications prohibited--Violation as misdemeanor.
49-31-32.2      Liability of persons for illegal use of telephone or facility under their control-- Violation as misdemeanor.
49-31-32.3      Each day of violation constitutes separate offense.
49-31-33      Place of commission of offense committed by telephone.
49-31-34      Repealed.
49-31-35      Severability and saving clause respecting unlawful telephone calls.
49-31-36      Manufacture, possession or transfer of instrument for fraudulently obtaining telecommunications service as misdemeanor.
49-31-37      Obtaining telecommunications service without payment as theft.
49-31-38      Violation of provision of chapters 49-1A, 49-13, and 49-31 and of order, rule, or regulation concerning telecommunication company regulation--Civil fine.
49-31-38.1      Intentional violation of provision of chapters 49-1A, 49-13, and 49-31 and of order, rule, or regulation of commission--Civil fine.
49-31-38.2      Additional penalty for violations--Forfeiture of franchise--Foreign corporations.

49-31-38.3      Action by attorney general to forfeit franchise or enjoin transaction of business.
49-31-39, 49-31-40. Repealed.
49-31-41      Security on stay of order--Conditions.
49-31-42      Proceedings before circuit court on appeal--Priority.
49-31-43      Repealed.
49-31-44      Creation of telecommunications investigation fund--Purposes of fund--Deposit by telecommunications company.
49-31-45      Payment of investigation and hearing expenses--Procedure for payment-- Accounting of company's deposit--Notice and order as to amount to be returned.
49-31-46      Payment for participation in federal proceedings.
49-31-47      Statewide program to provide telecommunications services for state residents with disabilities that prevent them from using a telephone.
49-31-48      Telecommunication device for individuals with disabilities.
49-31-49      Telecommunication devices property of state--Liability for loss or damage-- Disposition of money collected.
49-31-50      Telecommunication fund for the deaf and for other disabilities created-- Continuous appropriation (Effective until June 30, 2008).
49-31-50      Telecommunication fund for the deaf and for other disabilities created (Effective June 30, 2008).
49-31-50.1      Use of funds appropriated pursuant to § 49-31-50.
49-31-50.2      Rules relating to cochlear implants.
49-31-50.3      Approval of vouchers--Warrants.
49-31-51      Access fee on local exchange service lines, cellular telephones, and radio pager devices--Report of fee on monthly bills--Report on and remission of fees-- Disposition of funds collected (Effective until July 1, 2007).
49-31-51      Access fee imposed on local exchange service lines, cellular telephones and radio pager devices--Report of fee on monthly bills--Report on and remission of fees-- Disposition of funds collected (Effective July 1, 2007).
49-31-51.1      Promulgation of rules to administer access fee.
49-31-52      Liability for uncollected fees.
49-31-53      Annual review of access fee--Report to legislature.
49-31-54      Administrative cost for collection of fee.
49-31-55      Sources of funds in addition to access fees.
49-31-56      Method of payment of expenditures.
49-31-57      Penalty for pleading filed for improper purpose--Sanction by commission.
49-31-58      Alternative methods of assigning costs for certain services.
49-31-59      Procedures for approving sale of telecommunications exchanges.
49-31-59.1      Legislative intent--Joint provisioning and revenue-pooling arrangements-- Commission review and approval--Exemptions--Construction.
49-31-60      Telecommunications infrastructure--Legislative intent.
49-31-61      Public Communications Network Infrastructure--Composition.
49-31-62 to 49-31-68. Repealed.
49-31-69      Certificate of authority for construction of telecommunications facility-- Extension outside local exchange service area application--Amended certificate.
49-31-70      Application for certificate of authority--Notice.
49-31-71      Certificate of authority--Notice and hearing.
49-31-72      Certificate of authority--Time limit for decision.
49-31-73      Rural service areas--Services--Waiver.
49-31-74      Certificate of authority--Retroactive application--Alterations or additions.
49-31-75      Certificate of authority--Commission approval--Violations.

49-31-76      Commission to adopt rules addressing competitive provisions.
49-31-77      Commission may promulgate rules establishing service quality standards.
49-31-78      Commission shall designate eligible telecommunications carrier for service area-- Right to relinquish designation.
49-31-79      Requirements of rural telephone company.
49-31-80      Suspension or modification to carrier with small service area.
49-31-81      Carrier to provide services to competitive telecommunications services provider.
49-31-82      Certain resale restrictions permitted.
49-31-83      Telecommunications companies may form associations--Policy restrictions.
49-31-84      Telecommunication companies may grant incentives to meet competition.
49-31-85      Commission to establish quality of service standards.
49-31-86      Restrictions on price changes for local exchange service--Exemption for promotions.
49-31-86.1      Limitation on promotions.
49-31-86.2      Exemption of § 49-31-86 to take effect December 31, 2000 for certain carriers.
49-31-87      Dialing parity to be implemented.
49-31-88      Companies not exempt from state or federal law.
49-31-89      Telecommunications company, services or product not to be changed without subscriber authorization--Evidence of authorization--Commission authorized to promulgate rules--Scope of rules.
49-31-90      Third-party verification--Requirements.
49-31-91      Criteria to be met by third-party verification company.
49-31-92      Separate authorization required for each service.
49-31-93      Subscriber not liable for unauthorized change of carrier, products or services-- Company to compensate subscriber.
49-31-94      Penalties for violation--Disposition of fines collected.
49-31-95      Commission authorized to investigate complaints.
49-31-96      Costs of commission proceedings may be assessed against company--Objection.
49-31-97      "Subscriber" defined.
49-31-98      Agencies to establish cost recovery mechanism for certain mandated services-- Exemption.
49-31-99      Requirements for telephone solicitors making unsolicited calls.
49-31-100      Operation of and subscription to register--Fees.
49-31-101      State "do-not-call" register.
49-31-102      Copy of register required for telephone solicitors making unsolicited calls.
49-31-103      Commission may use national "do-not-call" registry.
49-31-104      Telephone solicitation account established.
49-31-105      Annual fee for unsolicited calls by telephone solicitors.
49-31-106      Commission may use gross receipts tax fund for implementation--Funds to be returned after register implemented.
49-31-107      Telecommunications companies to notify customers of certain provisions.
49-31-108      Violators subject to civil penalty imposed by commission.
49-31-109      Definitions.
49-31-110      Local telecommunications traffic signaling information required to be provided by originating carrier to terminating carrier to assess charges.
49-31-111      Nonlocal telecommunications traffic signaling information required to be provided by originating carrier to terminating carrier to assess charges.
49-31-112      Transiting carrier required to deliver signaling information with telecommunications traffic--Liability for failure to deliver.
49-31-113      Transit traffic or billing records to be provided by transiting carrier.

49-31-114      Complaint procedure--Provisional remedies.
49-31-115      Promulgation of rules.
49-31-116      Required notice to subscribers of automatic renewal dates in certain telecommunications contracts.
49-31-117      Commission disbursement of certain bond or other proceeds to affected customers--Interest.
49-31-118      Wireless telephone number information in wireless directory assistance service database--Authorization for inclusion or sale.
49-31-119      Charge for exclusion of number from wireless directory assistance service database prohibited.
49-31-120      Definitions.
49-31-121      Obtaining confidential communications records without authorization from customer as misdemeanor.
49-31-122      Selling confidential communications records without authorization from customer as felony.
49-31-123      Law enforcement permitted to obtain confidential communications records pursuant to subpoena or court order.
49-31-124      Communications provider permitted to obtain confidential communications records through agents.
49-31-125      Communications provider permitted to obtain confidential communications records in connection with sale of business or migration of customer.
49-31-126      Civil action for violation--Double damages, costs, and attorney's fees