The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Task Force on Federalism and Telecommunications released its draft report on 6/10/13. The Task Force is seeking to establish a stronger, more cooperative relationship between federal and State regulators to ensure that communications services remain reliable, affordable, and available to all.
The draft report cover the following issues: Consumer Protection, Network Reliability and Public Safety, Competition, Interconnection, Universal Service, Regulatory Diversity, Evidence-based Decision Making, and Broadband Access.
In the draft, the Task Force calls on the FCC to “better utilize the several congressionally
mandated joint boards and conferences on issues like Universal Service and advanced services.”
Task Force officials are seeking public comment on the draft by June 20, 2013. The paper and
comments will be discussed at the July 21-24, 2013 NARUC Summer Committee
Meetings in Denver. The Report is expected to be finalized in November.