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Kansas

2004

Order
In the Matter of the Application of Southwestern Bell, L.P. Filing a Price Cap to Basket 1 and Basket 3 API Summary Calculations Report for the October 1, 2004, Annual Price Cap Demand Updates.
Docket No. 05-SWBT-152-MIS
September 21, 2004
Approximately 3 Pages
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Order Opening Docket
In the Matter of a General Investigation Into a Policy Regarding Rate Changes by Rate Of Return Regulated Local Exchange Carriers Between KUSF Audits or Rate Cases
Docket No. 04-GIMT-1080-GIT
June 4, 2004
Approximately 7 Pages
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Order on Remand
In the Matter of an Audit and General Rate Investigation of Home Telephone Company, Inc.
Docket No. 02-HOMT-209-AUD
March 19, 2004
Approximately 6 Pages
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Order Initiating Investigation and Assessing Costs
In the Matter of the Generic Investigation to Consider Recovery of Gas Technology Institute Costs Through Rates
Docket No. 04-GIMG-814-GIG
March 16, 2004
Approximately 6 Pages
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Order Approving Stipulation and Agreement
In the Matter of an Investigation into Southwestern Bell Telephone Company's Cost to Provide Local Service, as required by K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 66-2008(d).
Docket No. 98-SWBT-677-GIT
January 9, 2004
Approximately 9 Pages
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2003

Order Opening Docket and Assessing Cost
In the matter of a general investigation to implement the state mandates of the Federal Communications Commission's Triennial Review Order
Docket No. 03-GIMT-1063-GIT
June 16, 2003
Approximately 5 Pages
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Order Closing Docket
In the Matter of the General Investigation to Develop Procedures to Protect Consumers Against the Loss of Telephone Services.
Docket No. 01-GIMT-649-GIT
January 30, 2003
Approximately 7 Pages
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2001

Order Denying Application
In the Matter of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company's Application for Price Regulation and Customer Specific Pricing Pursuant to K.S.A. 66-2005(p) and 66-2005(t)
Docket No. 02-SWBT-245-MIS
November 19, 2001
Approximately 9 pages
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Order Approving Stipulation and Agreement
In the Matter of a General Investigation to the Reformation of Intrastate Access Charges
Docket No. Ol-GIMT-082-GIT
September 25, 2001
Approximately 27 pages
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Order Opening Docket
In the Matter of a General Investigation to Ensure Compliance with Section 254(e)of the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996
Docket No. Ol-GIMT-595-GIT
January 2, 2001
Approximately 4 pages
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Order
In the Matter of a General Investigation into the Reduction of Intrastate Access Charges for Rural Telephone Companies in Compliance with K.S.A. 66-205(c)
Docket No. 01-GIMT-OS1-GIT
January 4, 2001
Approximately 12 pages
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2000

Order Regardign Non-Recurring Charges for Unbundled Network Elements
In the Matter of the Application of Sprint Communications Company, L.P. for the Commission to Open a Generic Proceeding on Southwestern Bell Telephone Company's Rates for Interconnection, Unbundled Elements, Transport and Termination, and Resale
Docket No. 97-SCCC-149-GIT
November 3, 2000
Approximately 55 pages

In February, 1999, the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) issued an order which set recurring and non-recurring rates for interconnection and unbundled network elements (UNEs). This order was followed by another in September, 1999 calling for a reconsideration of the rates previously established. Despite the lack of compliance on the part of Southwestern Bell (SWBT) and AT&T to this September order, the KCC proceeded to refine their previously-approved non-recurring rates in the immediate order.

The most significant of these rates are those for labor. In its order, the KCC concluded that SWBT had overstated these costs in its cost studies while AT&T had understated them due to an overreliance on the mechanized processing of customer orders and change orders. The KCC mandated that labor rates be set at the low end of the possible range for rates.

The KCC next affirmed its use of a 5% fall-out factor in computing non-recurring rates. This requires that incumbent providers like SWBT ensure a 95% sucess rate in provisioning UNEs to competing providers. The KCC found that SWBT had attempted to evade this high sucess rate by applying the 5% factor to each step in the provisioning process. As a result, the assumed sucess rate was cumulatively much less than the inteded 5%.

Manual processing of customer orders is inherently more costly than electronic processing. As a result, the KCC granted SWBT the ability to use a $10 surcharge as compensation for those orders submitted to it by fax, telephone, or mail. Further, the KCC concluded that TBO and TIRKS expenses should, in all cases, be excluded from the calculation of non-recurring rates. The fact that they were, in some cases, included by SWBT and AT&T gave the KCC greater leeway in setting UNEs prices low.

Lastly, the KCC affirmed its use of 100% DIP and 80% DOP factors in the calculation of non-recurring rates and concluded, "SWBT shall immediately implement and incorporate the rates established in this order into all existing interconnection agreements that have established rates subject to determinations in this docket."

As illuded to above, SWBT and AT&T had not fully complied with prior KCC directives at the time this order was issued. Therefore, the KCC was forced to rely on previously submitted cost study data and modify it based on similar orders from other states and a consideration of technological advancements.
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Order Implementing Rate Rebalancing
In the Matter of an Investigation into the Cost to Provide Local Service of the United Telephone Companies of Kansas d/b/a Sprint, as required by K.S.A. 1998 Supp. 66-2008(d).
Docket No. 00-UTDT-455-GIT
September 27, 2000
Approximately 10 pages
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Order Opening Docket, Establishing Procedral Schedule and Assessing Costs
In the Matter of the General Investigation to Determine Conditions, Terms and Rates for Digital Subscriber Line Unbundled Network Elements, Loop Conditioning, and Line Sharing
Docket No. 01-GIMT-032-GIT
July 21, 2000
Approximately 12 pages
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1999

Order on Reconsideration
In the Matter of the Joint Application of Sprint Communication Company, L.P., UnitedTelephone Company of Kansas, United Telephone Company of Eastern Kansas, United Telephone Company of South Central Kansas, and United Telephone Company of Southeastern Kansas for the Commission to Open a Generic Proceeding on Southwestern Bell Telephone Company's Rates for Interconnection, Unbundled Elements, Transport and Termination, and Resale.
Docket No. 97-SCCC-149-GIT
Issued & Effective: September 1, 1999
Approximately 51 pages

On February 19,1999, the Commission issued an order establishing prices for UNEs. Charts containing approved monthly charges and non-recurring charges were attached to the Order.

AT&T'S Petition for Clarification and/or Reconsideration: On March 8, 1999, AT&T filed a Petition for Clarification and/or Reconsideration of the February 19,1999 Order. AT&T requests the Commission require SWBT to produce a price list based on the cost study results. According to AT&T, the list of costs cannot be translated into final prices that can be incorporated into interconnection agreements. AT&T contends that some of the elements addressed in AT&T and SWBT's interconnection agreement may not have been addressed in the Order.

The Commission set UNE prices after reconsideration, and ordered SWBT to refile non-recurring cost studies after making certain input changes to the Company's cost models.
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In the Matter of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company Filing Their 1998 Depreciation Rate Study (Which was Filed With the FCC on December 19, 1997), for the State of Kansas.
Docket No. 98-SWBT-43 1-DRS
Issued and Effective: August 2, 1999
On July 23, 1998, the three-way conference call was held to establish the final interstate and intrastate depreciation rates to be used for regulatory purposes by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company (SWBT). The establishment of depreciation rates is a triennial requirement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Representatives of SWBT, FCC, and Staff participated in the call. SWBT and Staff agreed on the depreciation rate for all but two accounts for intrastate regulatory purposes: Digital ESS and Buried Cable -Metallic. On January 6, 1999, SWBT filed a Petition for Review of the December 22, 1998 Order. On January 28, 1999, the Commission issued an Order on Reconsideration. SWBT's argued that Commission scrutiny of SWBT's depreciation rates is unjustified in the price cap regulatory environment. SWBT stated that price cap regulation has broken the link between costs and the rates consumers pay. SWBT argued that election of intrastate rates in parity with rates approved by the FCC is a business decision SWBT should be allowed to make. THE COMMISSION, THEREFORE, ORDERS THAT: A. SWBT may use, for general purposes, intrastate depreciation rates that are in parity with the interstate rates approved by the FCC. B. STAFF shall continue to participate in the triennial meeting on depreciation rates between SWBT and FCC. C. SWBT shall continue to file its depreciation rates with the Executive Director for the Commission. D. The Commission retains its authority to review SWBT's depreciation rates for KUSF and other purposes and will use different depreciation rates when necessary.
Approximately 5 pages
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Commission Order on Reconsideration Dismissing Petition
In the Matter of the Petition of MCI Telecommunications Corporation and MCImetro Access Transmission Services for Compulsory Arbitration of Directory Assistance Listing Issues Pursuant to 3 252(b) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996
Docket No. 99-MCTC-499-ARB
Issued and Effective: July 28, 1999
Approximately 4 pages

On January 27, 1999, MCI filed its Petition for Arbitration requesting the Commission to arbitrate the Directory Assistance (DA) listings and DA database issues associated therewith due to the inability of MCI and Southwestern Bell Telephone Company (SWBT) to successfully negotiate these matters. SWBT responded to MCI's Petition, claiming that MCI never invoked the negotiations and arbitration rights of 0 252 of the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 (FTA). Commission ordered MCI and SWBT to appear before the arbitrators to answer questions regarding whether MCI had requested negotiations under the FTA. The Commission agrees with the arbitrators, and finds and concludes, that an interconnection agreement is an extensive document, arrived at through negotiation, mediation or arbitration, that establishes the many aspects of the relationship between the requesting carrier and the incumbent local exchange company. The Commission, therefore, finds and concludes that, in order to invoke the arbitration rights and duties under 0 252(b) of the FTA, the requesting telecommunications carrier must submit to the incumbent a request for negotiation for an interconnection agreement, or for the amendment of an existing interconnection agreement. IT IS, THEREFORE, BY THE COMMISSION ORDERED THAT: Southwestern Bell Telephone Company's Petition for Reconsideration, as it pertains to the Commission's jurisdiction in this docket, is granted and the Petition for Arbitration of MCI is dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
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Order 16: Determining the Kansas-Specific Inputs to the FCC Cost Proxy Model to Establish a Cost-Based Kansas Universal Service Fund
Docket No. 99-GIMT-326-GIT
In the Matter of an Investigation into the Kansas Universal Service Fund (KUSF) Mechanism for the Purpose of Modifying the KUSF and Establishing a Cost-based Fund
No Date
Approximately 78 pages
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1998

Order Setting Inputs for Cost Studies
Docket No. 97-SCCC-149-GIT
In the Matter of the Joint Application of Sprint Communication Company, L.P., United Telephone Company of Kansas, United Telephone Company of Eastern Kansas, United Telephone Company of South Central Kansas, and United Telephone Company of Southeastern Kansas for the Commission to Open a Generic Proceeding on Southwestern Bell Telephone Company's Rates for Interconnection, Unbundled Elements, Transport and Termination, and Resale.
November 16, 1998
Approximately 90 pages

Sprint Communication Company, L.P., United Telephone Company of Kansas, United Telephone Company of Eastern Kansas, United Telephone Company of South Central Kansas, and United Telephone Company of Southeastern Kansas (collectively referred to herein as Sprint) filed a motion requesting the Commission initiate this docket to review Southwestern Bell Telephone Company's costs, establish prices for unbundled network elements (UNEs) and interconnection pursuant to 47 U.S.C. 252(d)(1) and establish the resale discount. On November 8, 1996, the Commission issued an order initiating the docket.
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1997

Order on Reconsideration
In the Matter of a General Investigation Into Competition within the Telecommunications Industry in the State of Kansas
Docket No. 190,492-U94-GIMT-478-GIT
February 3, 1997
Approximately 28 pages
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