Telecommunications Utility Regulation

ORS 759.315
Purposes for which securities may be issued

  • order required
  • exceptions
  • rules


A telecommunications utility may issue stocks and bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness, and securities for the following purposes and no others, except as otherwise permitted by subsection (4) of this section:


The acquisition of property, or the construction, completion, extension or improvement of its facilities.


The improvement or maintenance of its service.


The discharge or lawful refunding of its obligations.


The reimbursement of money actually expended from income or from any other money in the treasury of the telecommunications utility not secured by or obtained from the issue of stocks or bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness, or securities of such telecommunications utility, for any of the purposes listed in paragraphs (a) to (c) of this subsection except the maintenance of service and replacements, in cases where the applicant has kept its accounts and vouchers for such expenditures in such manner as to enable the Public Utility Commission to ascertain the amount of money so expended and the purposes for which such expenditures were made.


The compliance with terms and conditions of options granted to its employees to purchase its stock, if the commission first finds that such terms and conditions are reasonable and in the public interest.


Before issuing such securities, a telecommunications utility, in addition to the other requirements of law, shall secure from the commission upon application an order authorizing such issue, stating:


The amount of the issue and the purposes to which the issue or the proceeds thereof are to be applied;


In the opinion of the commission, the money, property or labor to be procured or paid for by such issue reasonably is required for the purposes specified in the order and compatible with the public interest, which is necessary or appropriate for or consistent with the proper performance by the applicant of service as a telecommunications utility, and will not impair its ability to perform that service; and


Except as otherwise permitted in the order in the case of bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness, such purposes are not, in whole or in part, reasonably chargeable to operating expenses or to income.


This section and ORS 759.310 (When issuance of securities void) apply to demand notes but do not apply to the issuance or renewal of a note or evidence of indebtedness maturing not more than one year after date of such issue or renewal.


Nothing in ORS 759.300 (“Stocks” defined) to 759.360 (Prohibited acts regarding issuance of securities) shall prevent issuance of stock to stockholders as a stock dividend if there has been secured from the commission an order:


Finding that the stock dividend is compatible with the public interest;


Authorizing such issue and a transfer of surplus to capital in any amount equal to the par or stated value of the stock so authorized; and


Finding that a sum equal to the amount to be so transferred was expended for the purposes enumerated in subsection (1) of this section.


A telecommunications utility that derives one-half or more of its gross revenue from sources outside this state does not require commission authorization to issue stocks and bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness and any security unless the commission finds that the authorization requirements of ORS 759.310 (When issuance of securities void) and subsection (2) of this section are necessary to:


Prevent the telecommunications utility from issuing securities for purposes not permitted under subsection (1) of this section; or


Prevent impairment of the telecommunications utility’s ability to provide telecommunications utility services to its customers in this state. The commission shall adopt rules that set forth independently determined financial indicators upon which the commission must base any finding of impaired ability to provide utility telecommunications services. [1987 c.447 §31; 1993 c.204 §2; 2001 c.236 §1]


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