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APPENDIX A RULES AND PROCEDURES FOR APPLICATIONS FOR WIDE-AREA CALLING PLANS CAUSE NO. RM 000049 RULE 1.General Provisions. A. Jurisdiction: The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (Commission) by virtue of Article IX, Section 18 et seq. of the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma, Title 17, Section 131 et seq. of the Oklahoma Statutes and sundry other enactments of the Oklahoma legislature has authority and responsibility to supervise, regulate and control the public service business of telephone companies in Oklahoma, and to enact rules and regulations in connection therewith. B. Application of Rules: These rules and procedures apply to any Application filed by the Corporation Commission Staff or any proceeding initiated by the Commission on its own motion, seeking to develop a comprehensive wide-area calling (WAC) plan within any major metropolitan area or to any comprehensive WAC plan between several small communities linked by virtue of geographical closeness (geographical region). These rules shall be entitled Rules and Procedures for Applications for Wide- area Calling Plans and may be cited by the Short Title as The Oklahoma WAC Rules. C. Scope of Rules. These rules and procedures are intended to provide an orderly, reasonable, fair and definitive process for the presentation of requests for WAC. Unless otherwise specifically provided in these rules, the Commission Rules of Practice shall govern cases brought for wide-area plans. D. Interpretation of the Rules. Where, by their context, these rules establish standards or objectives, substantial compliance therewith will be deemed compliance with the rules. Where, by their context, these rules impose an absolute obligation, strict compliance is required. E. Relief from Rules. Whenever compliance with any requirement of these rules would result in unreasonable hardship, excessive expense, or for other good cause shown, the Commission may, by order, waive or modify the requirements of these rules, upon application of any interested party. F. Rules Conform to Law. These rules shall be construed to conform with the Constitution and laws of the State of Oklahoma. G. Controversy over Rules. Whenever a controversy exists in connection with the interpretation of these rules, or their applicability, or any right or duty imposed thereby, the Commission, upon application of any interested party, and after notice and hearing, will enter such order thereon as it may deem appropriate. H. Severability. These rules will not relieve in any way a telephone company or customer from any of its duties under the laws of this state or the United States. If any provision of these rules is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of these rules which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of these rules are declared to be severable. These rules shall not be construed so as to enlarge, diminish, modify, or alter the jurisdiction, powers, or authority of the Commission or the substantive rights of any person. The Commission may make exceptions to these rules for good cause. RULE 2.Commencement of the Proceeding. A. Commencement of the proceeding may be initiated by the Commission on its own motion. B. Application: 1. The Applicant shall be the Corporation Commission Staff. 2. The Application shall state the general metropolitan area or geographic region for which wide-area calling is being requested. 3. The metropolitan area or geographic region must be in the same LATA. C. Filing the Application. The original and eight (8) legible copies of the Application shall be filed with the Commission's Court Clerk. In addition, a complete copy of the Application shall be mailed, postage prepaid, to: 1. the local telephone company/companies serving the metropolitan area or geographic region; 2. …