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SCOPE. It is the purpose of this Summary to bring together under general headings, all important provisions of the various state commission laws relating to the supervision of telephone and telegraph companies.
General corporation law is not included, except in so far as it has been embodied in the commission laws. Thus a provision prohibiting stock dividends is included in the Summary if it is a part of the commission law of any state, but such a provision, appearing only in the general corporation law of a state, would be omitted.
For brevity, quotations are not always made in full, and provisions differing only in details of phraseology, if at all, are noted as “ similar to " or identical with " provisions appearing under other states.
The material under each subject is arranged by states in alphabetical order.
The index has been greatly amplified in an effort to make readily accessible all matters contained in the Summary. A table of
has also been included.
The general headings are the same as those of the Second Edition, with the following additions:
1-7. Date of Jurisdiction over Telephone and Telegraph Companies.
New Hampshire Rhode Island
New Mexico South Dakota
North Carolina Vermont
North Dakota Virginia
: Law effective January 1, 1914.
* The commission has authority over telegraph companies only in connection with the issuance of securities and the construction of lines over railroads.
• The act of 1913, creating the public service commission to succeed the railroad commission, becomes fully effective January 1, 1914. As to organization, etc., it was effective prior to that date.
• The commission has no authority over telegraph companies except in connection with the construction of lines over railroads, and valuation for assessment.
7 Jurisdiction does not include entire state. See p. 36.
Telephone companies are subject to the “public utilities law" and telegraph companies to the “ railroad law.” The “stock and bond law" of 1911 applies to both.