49-31-84 Telecommunication companies may grant incentives to meet competition.
Telecommunication companies may grant incentives to meet competition.
It is in
the public interest and essential that local exchange telecommunication companies over all of South
Dakota continue to be viable providers of affordable local exchange services. Local exchange
telecommunication companies receive substantial revenue necessary to support the exchange from
a minority of their customers. Local exchange telecommunication companies must be allowed to
compete to keep their profitable customers in order to maintain the viability of local exchanges.
However, customers in rural and high-cost areas shall have access to telecommunications and
information services, including interexchange services, that are reasonably comparable to those
services provided in urban areas and that are available at rates that are reasonably comparable to rates
charged for similar services in urban areas.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of chapter 49-31, any telecommunication company may
grant any discounts, incentives, services, or other business practices necessary to meet competition.
Nothing in chapter 49-31 restricts or prevents telecommunication companies from offering reduced
prices and special terms and conditions for this state, its existing instrumentalities and subdivisions,
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Source: SL 1998, ch 274, § 28; SL 2003, ch 272 (Ex. Ord. 03-1), § 63.