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.
The FCC has set January 16, 2014, as the comment date on CenturyLink’s Compliance Plan For Forbearance Relief from Cost Assignment Rules. Reply comments are due by January 30, 2014.
In May 2013, the FCC conditionally granted price cap carriers forbearance from its cost assignment rules. Those rules govern the assignment or allocation of common costs and revenues by type of cost, type of service (regulated or non-regulated), jurisdiction (intrastate or interstate), and service categories. They also include the FCC’s affiliate transactions accounting and reporting rules. The grant was expressly conditioned on, among other things, the Wireline Competition Bureau’s approval of a compliance plan to be filed by price cap carriers describing in detail how the price cap carrier would continue to fulfill its statutory and regulatory obligations, as well as the other conditions to the forbearance. TMI Regulatory Bulletin Service subscribers see FCC Bulletin dated June 7, 2013. CenturyLink’s plan was filed on December 5, 2013.
The PUC announced that it will hold a technical workshop on February 25, 2014 regarding a proceeding opened to review “policy and processes necessary” to implement a safe, reliable, and cost-effective next generation 911 network throughout the state. This workshop will focus on system design, features, and services.