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)
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
by the Corporation Commission Staff or any proceeding initiated by
on its own motion, seeking to develop a comprehensive wide-area
plan within any major metropolitan area or to any comprehensive
WAC plan between
several small communities linked by virtue of 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
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
standards or objectives, substantial compliance therewith will be
with the rules. Where, by their context, these rules impose an
strict compliance is required.
E. Relief from Rules. Whenever compliance with any requirement of
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
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
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.
Commencement of the proceeding may be initiated by the Commission
The Applicant shall be the Corporation Commission Staff.
The Application shall state the general metropolitan area or
region for which wide-area calling is being requested.
The metropolitan area or geographic region must be in the same
Filing the Application. The original and eight (8) legible copies
Application shall be filed with the Commission's Court Clerk. In
complete copy of the Application shall be mailed, postage prepaid,
the local telephone company/companies serving the metropolitan