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 has scheduled a workshop on further reform of inmate calling services (WC Docket No. 12-375) on July 9, 2014. The purpose is to analyze the impact of the reforms and gather information to inform additional reforms of inmate calling services (ICS). Topics for the workshop will include state reforms of ICS, the cost characteristics of the provision of ICS in different correctional facilities, the regulation of ancillary charges, and non-traditional communications technologies used in correctional settings. Additional details concerning the workshop agenda and panelists will be forthcoming.
The FCC will host a workshop to focus on prevention of mobile device theft. The workshop will include three panel discussions centered around:
- Developing practical consumer-oriented technical solutions to deter device theft;
- Making more standardized and accessible data available for mobile device crime reporting for law enforcement and other uses; and
- Establishing best practices to facilitate greater coordination between federal, state and local law enforcement, including greater involvement of customs enforcement officials.
The workshop will be held on June 19, 2014. A subsequent Public Notice will provide further details about the participants and specific issues to be discussed during this workshop and additional steps the Commission plans to take in reducing mobile device theft.
The PSC opened a new docket for its annual review and determination of whether the Electric Companies have met the PSC’s service quality and reliability standards. It will conduct a legislative-style hearing on July 10, 2014, for the purpose of reviewing the Companies’ Reports, which may be viewed or downloaded from the PSC’s website at www.psc.state.md.us in Case No. 9353. Written comments on the Reports may be filed by July 2, 2014. The PSC’s findings are due by September 1, 2014.