A CONTRACT FRANCHISE ORDINANCE GRANTED TO SOUTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE L.P., A TELECOMMUNICATIONS LOCAL EXCHANGE SERVICE PROVIDER PROVIDING LOCAL EXCHANGE SERVICE WITHIN THE CITY OF BENTON, KANSAS.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF BENTON, KANSAS:
SECTION 1. Pursuant to K.S.A. 2002 Supp. 12-2001, a contract franchise ordinance is hereby granted to Southwestern Bell Telephone L.P. d/b/a SBC Kansas (SBC Kansas), a telecommunications local exchange service provider providing local exchange service within the City of Benton, Kansas ("City") subject to the provisions contained hereafter. The initial term of this ordinance shall be for a period beginning January 1, 2005, and ending December 31, 2009. Compensation for said contract franchise ordinance shall be established pursuant to Section 3 of this Ordinance.
SECTION 2. For the purpose of this contract franchise ordinance, the following words and phrases and their derivations shall have the following meaning: "Access line" shall mean and be limited to retail billed and collected residential lines; business lines; ISDN lines; PBX trunks and simulated exchange access lines provided by a central office based switching arrangement where all stations serviced by such simulated exchange access lines are used by a single customer of the provider of such arrangement. Access line may not be construed to include interoffice transport or other transmission media that do not terminate at an end user customer premises, or to permit duplicate or multiple assessment of access line rates on the provision of a single service or on the multiple communications paths, derived from a billed and collected access line. Access line shall not include the following: Wireless telecommunications services, the sale or lease of unbundled loop facilities, special access services, lines providing only data services without voice services process by a telecommunications local exchange service provider or private line service arrangements.
“Access line count" means the number of access lines serving consumers within the corporate boundaries of the city on the last day of each month.
“Access line fee" means a fee determined by a city, up to a maximum as set out in K.S.A. 2002 Supp. 12-2001 and amendments thereto, to be used by a telecommunications local exchange provider in calculating the .amount of access line remittance.
"Access line remittance" means the amount to be paid by a telecommunications local exchange service provider to a city, the total of which is calculated by multiplying the access line fee, as determined in the city, by the number of access lines served by that telecommunications local exchange service provider within that city for each month in that calendar quarter.
“Gross receipts" means only those receipts collected from within the corporate boundaries of the city enacting the franchise and which are derived from the following: (A) Recurring local exchange service for business and residence which included basic exchange service, touch tone, optional calling features and measured local calls; (B) recurring local exchange access line services for pay phone lines provided by a telecommunications local exchange service provider to all pay phone service providers; (C) local directory assistance revenue; (D) line status verification/busy interrupt revenue; (E) local operator assistance revenue, and (F) nonrecurring local exchange service revenue which shall include customer service for installation of lines, reconnection of service and charge for duplicate bills. All other revenues, including, but not limited to, revenues from extended area service, the sale of lease or unbundled network elements, non-regulated services, carrier and end user access, long distance, wireless telecommunications services, lines providing only data service without voice services processed by a telecommunications local exchange provider, private line service arrangements, Internet, broadband and other services not wholly local in nature are excluded from gross receipts. Gross receipts shall be reduced by bad debt expenses. Uncollectible and late charges shall not be included within gross receipts. If a telecommunications local exchange service provider offers additional services of a wholly local nature which if in existence on or before July 1, 2002, would have been included with the definition of gross receipts, such services shall be included from the date of the offering of such services in the city.
"Local exchange service" means local switched telecommunications service within any local exchange service area approved by the state corporation commission, regardless of the medium by which the local telecommunications service is provided. The term local exchange service shall not include wireless communication services.
"Provider" shall mean a local exchange carrier as defined in subsection (h) of K.S.A. 66-1,187, and amendments thereto, or a telecommunications carrier as defined in subsection (m) of K.S.A. 66-1,187, and amendments thereto.
"Telecommunications local exchange serviced provider" means a local exchange carrier as defined in subsection (h) of K.S.A. 66-1,187, and amendments thereto, and a telecommunications carrier as defined in subsection (m) of K.S.A. 66-1,187, and amendments thereto, which does or in good faith intends to, provide local exchange service. The term telecommunications local exchange service provider does not include an interexchange carrier that does not provide local exchange service, competitive access provider that does not provide local .exchange service or any wireless telecommunications local exchange service provider.
"Telecommunications services" means providing the means of transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the user's choosing, without change in the format or content of the information as sent and received.
SECTION 3. Compensation made pursuant to this contract franchise ordinance shall be paid on a quarterly basis without invoice or reminder from the city and paid not later than forty-five (45) days after the end of the remittal period. For the first year of this contract franchise ordinance, said compensation shall be a sum equal to $1.00 per access line. Thereafter; compensation for each calendar year of the remaining term of the contract franchise ordinance shall continue to be based on a sum equal to $1.00 per access line; unless the City notifies SBC Kansas prior to ninety days (90) before the end of the calendar year that it intends to increase or decrease the percentage of gross receipts for the following calendar year or that it intends to switch to an access line fee for the following calendar year. In the event City elects compensation based on an access line fee, nothing herein precludes City from switching back to a gross receipts fee provided City notifies SBC Kansas prior to ninety days (90) before the end of the calendar year that it intends to elect a gross receipts fee for the following calendar year. Beginning January 1, 2004 any increased access line fee or gross receipt fee shall be in compliance with the public notification procedures set forth in subsections (l) and (m) K.S.A. 2002 Supp. 12-2001.
SECTION 4. The City shall have the right to examine upon written notice to the telecommunications local exchange service provider, no more than once per calendar year, those records necessary to verify the correctness of the compensation paid pursuant to this contract franchise ordinance.
SECTION 5. As a condition of this contract franchise ordinance,. SBC Kansas is required to obtain and is responsible for any necessary permit, license, certification, grant, registration or any other authorization required by any appropriate governmental entity, including, but not limited to, the City, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) or the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC); subject to SBC Kansas' right to challenge in good faith such-requirement as established by the FCC, KCC or other City Ordinance. SBC Kansas shall also comply with all applicable laws, statutes and/or ordinances, subject to SBC Kansas’ right to challenge in good faith such laws, statutes and/or ordinances.
SECTION 6. This contract franchise ordinance does not provide SBC Kansas the right to provide cable service as a cable provider (as defined by 47 U.S.C. 522 (5)) within the City. Upon SBC Kansas' request for a franchise to provide cable service as a cable operator (as defined by 47 U.S.C. 522 (5)) within the City, the City agrees to timely negotiate such franchise in good faith with SBC Kansas. SBC Kansas agrees that this contract franchise ordinance does not permit it to operate an open video system without payment of fees permitted by 47 U.S.C. 573(c)(2)(B) and without complying with FCC regulations promulgated pursuant to 47 U.S.C. 573.
SECTION 7. Nothing herein contained shall be construed as giving SBC Kansas any executive privileges, nor shall it affect any prior or existing rights of SBC Kansas to maintain a telecommunications system within the City.
SECTION 8. SBC Kansas shall collect and remit compensation as described in Section 3 on those access lines that have been resold to another telecommunications local exchange provider.
SECTION 9. Any required or permitted notice under this contract franchise ordinance shall be in writing. Notice upon the City shall be delivered to the city clerk by first class United States mail or by personal delivery. Notice upon SBC Kansas shall be delivered by first class United States mail or by personal delivery to: Southwestern Bell Telephone L.P., Cindy Zapletal, Director-External Affairs, 1640 Fairchild Avenue, First Floor, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
SECTION 10. Failure to enforce. The failure of either party to enforce and remedy any noncompliance of the terms and conditions of this contract franchise ordinance shall not constitute waiver of rights nor a waiver of the other party's obligations as provided herein.
SECTION 11. Force Majeure. Each and every provision hereof shall be subject to acts of God, fires, strikes, riots, floods, war and other disasters beyond SBC Kansas' or the City's control
SECTION 12. SBC Kansas has entered into this contract franchise ordinance as required by the City and K.S.A. 2002 Supp. 12-2001. If any clause, sentence, section or provision of K.S.A. 2002 Supp. 12-2001, and amendments thereto, shall be held to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, either the City or SBC Kansas may elect to terminate the entire contract franchise ordinance. In the event a court of competent jurisdiction invalidates K.S.A. 2002 Supp. 12-2001, and amendments thereto, if SBC Kansas is required by law to enter into a contract franchise ordinance within the City, the parties agree to act in good faith in promptly negotiating a new contract franchise ordinance.
SECTION 13. In entering into this contract franchise ordinance, neither the City's nor SBC Kansas present or future legal rights, positions, claims, assertions or arguments before any administrative agency or court of law are in any way prejudiced or waived. By entering into the contract franchise ordinance, neither the City nor SBC Kansas waive any rights, but instead expressly reserve any and all rights, remedies, and arguments the City or SBC Kansas may have at law or equity, without limitation, to argue, assert, and/or take any position as to the legality or appropriateness of this contract franchise•ordinance or any present or future laws, ordinances, and/or rulings which may be the basis for the City and SBC Kansas entering into this contract franchise ordinance.
SECTION 14. This contract franchise ordinance is made under and in conformity with the laws of the State of Kansas. No such contract franchise ordinance shall be effective until the ordinance granting the same has been adopted as provided by law.