CHAPTER 267

(SB 22)

Telecommunication services tariffs and information regulated.


         ENTITLED, An Act to  prohibit the filing of tariffs for certain telecommunications services and to impose certain requirements regarding the availability of telecommunications services information.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:

     Section  1.  That chapter 49-31 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:

     Unless exempted from filing by §  49-31-5.1, a telecommunications company shall file tariffs only for emerging and noncompetitive telecommunications services. No other telecommunications services may be tariffed.

     Section  2.  That chapter 49-31 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:

     A telecommunications company shall make available to any person, in at least one location, during regular business hours, information concerning its current rates, terms, and conditions for all of its telecommunications services. The information shall be made available in an easy to understand format and in a timely manner. Following an inquiry or complaint from a person concerning a rate, term, or condition for a telecommunications service, a telecommunications company shall specify that such information is available and the manner in which the person may obtain the information. A telecommunications company shall notify a customer of any materially adverse change to any rate, term, or condition of any telecommunications service being provided to the customer. The notification shall be made at least thirty days in advance of the change.

     Signed February 6, 2007
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