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.
Statement of Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn on Circulation of Rural Call Completion Order
“It is shocking that in this day and age, long-distance calls to rural Americans all too often are not being completed. Emergency calls to state troopers have failed. Families trying to check on the health and well-being of elderly parents cannot get through. Rural businesses have lost customers frustrated when it appears that no one is there to take an order. All told, this is a serious and unacceptable situation for people living in rural America.
So I am pleased to announce that, today [9/17/13], I circulated an Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will help make sure that calls to rural areas are completed. The Order will enhance the FCC’s ability to investigate and crack down on this problem while also taking immediate steps that will improve the performance of long-distance calls to rural America.”
The PURA established Restoration Standards applicable to all facilities-based intrastate telecommunications services providers (Providers). No later than September 30, 2013, each Provider must submit an Out-of-Service Access Line Plan detailing how it intends to calculate the ten percent outage of access lines criteria. No later than December 31, 2013, each Provider must submit a report on the state of its compliance with the Connecticut Restoration Standards. See TMI Bulletin dated September 5, 2013, or contact us with any questions.
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