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.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the appointment of Tim Brennan as Chief Economist for the agency, and Clete Johnson as Chief Counsel for Cybersecurity in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler issued the following statement re: Opinion issued on 1/14/14 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on a challenge of the Commission’s Open Internet Rules:
“The D.C. Circuit has correctly held that ‘Section 706 . . . vests [the Commission] with affirmative authority to enact measures encouraging the deployment of broadband infrastructure’ and therefore may ‘promulgate rules governing broadband providers’ treatment of Internet traffic.’ I am committed to maintaining our networks as engines for economic growth, test beds for innovative services and products, and channels for all forms of speech protected by the First Amendment. We will consider all available options, including those for appeal, to ensure that these networks on which the Internet depends continue to provide a free and open platform for innovation and expression, and operate in the interest of all Americans.”
The PUC has released its annual email to all telecommunications carriers regarding the annual tariff filing on CD-ROM. Telecommunications carriers that are required to file tariffs must submit them by February 7, 2014. Such tariffs must be submitted on a CD-ROM and reflect tariffs in effect as of January 2014. The PUC’s email includes specific instructions for file name conventions, content and format requirements for the CD-ROM tariff submission. This material and a sample CD-ROM tariff disk are available at the PUC’s website. See PUC annual tariff filing instructions here.