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).
The Public Service Commission has suspended for a period of 120 days (until November 10, 2013) a tariff filing made by Citizens Telecommunications Company d/b/a Frontier Communications. Citizens had proposed tariff revisions to establish a Late Payment Charge minimum charge of $7.50 or 1.5% of the total unpaid balance, whichever is greater. Staff found the proposed $7.50 minimum late fee revision unreasonable and recommended that the PSC deny it. Staff did not oppose raising the existing late payment charge from 1% to 1.5% of the total unpaid balance from the previous bill.
The Public Service Commission initiated a rulemaking to revise its ETC rules. The revisions are intended to incorporate the changes made to the federal programs and rules and to streamline and clarify the requirements for ETC designation, annual reporting, and certification. Comments are due by September 3, 2013. A public hearing has been scheduled for September 12, 2013. Watch for a TMI Bulletin when a final order is released.