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 revised its rules to require electronic filing of formal complaints and pole attachment complaints on its Electronic Comment Filing System. This will allow parties and the general public to locate filings by entering various search criteria and to subscribe to an RSS feed of a complaint docket in order to receive notification of new filings associated with the docket. The new rules will apply to complaints filed after the effective date of the new rules and to new filings made in existing proceedings. The new rules will be effective 30 days after they are published in the Federal Register. However, electronic filing will be permitted (but not mandatory) starting 10 days after release of the Order, or starting November 22, 2014.
NRRI Teleseminar; The Future of Telecommunications Regulation
On November 12, 2014, at NRRI hosted teleseminar, panelists discussed issues concerning deregulation. The discussion was moderated by Sherry Lichtenberg. Panelists included John Burke of the Vermont Public Service Board, Randolph May President of The Free State Foundation, and Geoffrey Why a member at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, PC. NRRI started the discussion with the statement that more than 30 states have “eliminated or significantly reduced State commission regulation of retail telecommunications services, including broadband. While the majority of the states continue to oversee wholesale issues, approve applications for eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) status, and regulate emergency services like 911 and E911, many can no longer resolve consumer complaints, address pricing concerns, or ensure that there is a carrier of last resort available to serve all citizens.” Panelists discussed how state and federal oversight should/will change as we move forward with the transition to IP and the development of new communications products.