The Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court, issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Regulatory Bulletin (our popular subscription service).
NARUC’s Summer Meeting (July 21-24) agenda includes several draft telecom resolutions. They address: improvements to the Lifeline annual recertification process, current rules and regulations on slamming; development of enforceable policies to ensure reliable wireline and wireless communications during commercial power outages; numbering trials for VoIP and other IP-enabled services; and transparency in deploying formal CAF-II rules and funding to ensure comparable voice and broadband services to customers in the nation’s highest-cost areas. You can find the text of the draft resolutions here.
The State Corporation Commission has approved a stipulation that extends the current price cap adjustment formula for the miscellaneous service basket known as Basket Three for an additional four years. This includes the current inflation and productivity factors. The price cap formula and the associated factors will be used for annual price cap filings made after January 1 in each of the years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. The price cap factor will only apply to CenturyLink. With the passage of HB 2201 by the 2013 Kansas Legislature, AT&T, as an electing carrier, is no longer subject to any provisions of the price cap formula for any of its services. TMI Bulletin regarding Kansas HB2201 published May 1, 2013.