Session of 1999
By Committee on Commerce

  9             AN  ACT concerning telecommunications; declaring the public policy of
10             the state; amending K.S.A. 1998 Supp. 66-2001 and repealing the ex-
11             isting section.
13       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
14             Section  1. K.S.A. 1998 Supp. 66-2001 is hereby amended to read as
15       follows: 66-2001. It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the state
16       to:
17             (a) Ensure that every Kansan will have access to a first class telecom-
18       munications infrastructure that provides excellent services at an afforda-
19       ble price;
20             (b) ensure that conditions exist for consumers throughout the state
21       realize the benefits of competition through increased services and im-
22       proved telecommunications facilities and infrastructure at reduced rates;
23             (c) promote consumer access to a full range of telecommunications
24       services, including advanced telecommunications services that are com-
25       parable in urban and rural areas throughout the state;
26             (d) foster conditions for continuous innovation in information net-
27       working and telecommunications;
28             (d) (e) advance the development of a statewide telecommunications
29       infrastructure that is capable of supporting applications, such as public
30       safety, telemedicine, services for persons with special needs, distance
31       learning, public library services, access to internet providers and others;
32       and
33             (e) (f) protect consumers of telecommunications services from fraud-
34       ulent business practices and practices that are inconsistent with the public
35       interest, convenience and necessity. 
36       Sec.  2. K.S.A. 1998 Supp. 66-2001 is hereby repealed.
37        Sec.  3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
38       publication in the statute book.