• On November 7, 2012, the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) ordered all rural local exchange carriers (RLECs) in the state to file revised intrastate switched access tariffs reflecting rate reductions required by the FCC Intercarrier Compensation/Universal Service Reform Order released November 18, 2011 (FCC 11-161). The order caps intrastate switched access rates and requires LECs to transition their intrastate terminating switched access rates to parity with their interstate rates in two phases, the last of which will be July 2013, if the intrastate rates are higher. Kansas law requires RLECs to adjust their intrastate access rates on March 1 of each odd-numbered year to match their interstate access rates. The KCC has found that FCC 11-161 conflicts with that law, “because RLECs will not be able to increase intrastate rates to parity for terminating access.” Thus, pursuant to the KCC’s order, RLECs will be allowed to reduce or increase intrastate originating switched access rates, but only reduce terminating switched access rates in order to achieve rate parity. RLECs also now have additional time, until July 1, 2013, to file revised tariffs. Docket No. 13-GIMT-004-GIT.