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.
In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, the FCC announced that its Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau will host a Consumer Information Expo on March 12, 2014. The Expo will include exhibits, tips on avoiding fraud and identity theft on-line and over the phone, and other information. An agenda including a list of exhibitors will be released at a later date.
An ALJ issued a Recommended Decision would reclassify 56 wire center serving areas (identified by attachment) as effective competition areas (ECAs) and are determined to have effective competition for basic service. The majority of the 56 wire centers are in densely populated urban areas located along Interstate 25 from the Colorado-Wyoming border to Pueblo. Written exceptions may be filed by March 13, 2014. The Recommended Decision will become effective on the day it becomes a Decision of the PUC. TMI Regulatory Bulletin Service subscribers watch for the Bulletin after the PUC issues a decision.
Staff of the PSC of Montana has once again extended the time to file comments on the PSC’s Inquiry into Possible Telecommunications Reform Legislation. Comments are now due March 14, 2014. The due date was previously extended to February 28, 2014. See The Regulatory Mix dated February 20, 2014. In the proceeding, the PSC is seeking comment on aspects of Montana’s telecommunications statutes that may be appropriate for reform in the 2015 legislature. Topics to be addressed include deregulation of retail services, establishment of a state USF, VoIP jurisdiction, and carrier of last resort obligations. TMI Regulatory Bulletin Service subscribers see Montana Bulletin dated February 3, 2014.