Section: Incarceration -- aggravating and mitigating factors.
The board may, upon notice, by order in writing require every CATV company:
a. To keep its books, records and accounts so as to afford an intelligent understanding of the conduct of its business, and to that end require that every CATV company adopt a uniform system of accounting. Such system shall conform, insofar as in the judgment of the board is practicable, to any system adopted or approved by any Federal regulatory agency having jurisdiction.
b. To carry, whenever in the judgment of the board it may be reasonably necessary for the protection of the stockholders, bondholders or creditors, a proper and adequate depreciation account in accordance with such rules and regulations as the board may prescribe. The board shall from time to time ascertain and determine, and by order in writing after hearing, fix proper and adequate rates of depreciation of the property of each CATV company in accordance with such regulations or classifications. Such rates shall be sufficient to provide the amounts required, over and above the expense of maintenance, to keep the property in a state of efficiency corresponding to the progress of the industry. Each CATV company shall conform its depreciation accounts to the rate so ascertained. Amounts so provided shall not be expended otherwise than for depreciation, improvements, new construction, replacements, extensions or additions to the property of the CATV company or for the retirement of debt incurred in connection therewith. No CATV company shall, without the approval of the board in writing first had and obtained, invest any part of its depreciation fund in obligations or securities of any kind, except obligations and securities that are legal investments for savings banks under the laws of this State, and except obligations and securities of the underlying or subsidiary CATV company corporations of this State, of such CATV company. Every CATV company shall at all times keep within this State all obligations and securities in which its depreciation fund is invested and reinvested. The board may after hearing upon notice order any CATV company to dispose of any obligations or securities in which its depreciation fund is now or may hereafter be invested, except obligations and securities that are legal investments for savings banks under the laws of this State, and except obligations and securities of underlying or subsidiary CATV company corporations of this State, of such CATV company. Every CATV company shall deposit, and at all times keep deposited in its own name and to its own credit and in a banking or trust company located in this State, the balance of its depreciation fund which is not expended or invested in accordance with this subsection.
c. To furnish periodically a detailed report of finances and operations in such form and containing such matters as the board may from time to time prescribe.
d. To give such notice to the office as the board may by rule require of any and all accidents which may occur within the State upon the property of any CATV company directly or indirectly arising from or connected with its maintenance or operations, and the board may investigate any such accident and make such order or recommendation with respect thereto as in his judgment may be just and reasonable.
L.1972, c. 186, s. 44.
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