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.
New England IP Transition Conference
The Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable announced that the New England IP Transition Conference will be held in Boston on December 3, 2013. The keynote speakers will be John Burke, VT PSB Commissioner and Cameron Kerry, former General Counsel and Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce. The panels will address:
- Panel 1: Economic Development During the Shift to an IP Marketplace
- Panel 2: Moving to IP and Its Effects on the Existing Network Infrastructure
- Panel 3: Consumers and the IP Transition
The PUC will hold a workshop on December 4, 2013, to discuss issues related to its investigation into the performance of the 911 network during recent flood and fire-related disasters in the state. The PUC said that the purpose of the workshop is to invite parties to “identify and discuss the impact of recent events related to the resiliency, reliability, and continuity of Colorado 911 systems and processes.” Workshop topics will include public safety organizations and other stakeholders’ experiences with 911 communications; the sufficiency and effectiveness of current 911 outage reporting and contingency plans; and other suggestions for improvements to the overall 911 network. Click here for the Colorado 9-1-1 Resource Center announcement.
The Commission is seeking comments on the public’s preference in addressing the need for a new area code in all or portions of the existing 740 area code. An interactive consumer survey has been posted on the Commission’s website so that individuals can provide comments and vote on their preference of an overlay or split option for the 740 area code. The telecommunications industry has reached a consensus decision that an all-services distributed overlay be adopted as the preferred relief plan. See TMI Bulletin dated November 19, 2013.
See USF, 911, TRS, and other fund contribution amounts in TMI’s Telecommunications Funds Matrix.