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.
Special Access Data Collection
The FCC announced that the database container for its special access data collection is now available for downloading. The container is necessary for the submission of numerical-type data, e.g., data on billing and connected locations, in response to the collection questions. The FCC also released a Technical Manual that describes the process for loading .txt files into the container and updated Instructions that specify the format for organizing data into the comma delimited .txt files. The FCC said it would make a separate announcement when the functionality to upload the container to its secure web site is available.
Comcast-Time Warner Cable And AT&T-DIRECTV Mergers
The FCC reset the informal 180-day clock and re-started the pleading cycles in the Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DIRECTV merger proceedings. See the Regulatory Mix dated 10/24/14. The shot clocks were restarted as of December 3, 2014. As a result: (1) the clock for the AT&T-DIRECTV merger proceeding was reset to Day 70, to reflect the six days between the filing of AT&T and DIRECTV’s Joint Opposition on October 16, 2014, and when the clock was actually stopped on October 22, 2014; and (2) the clock for the Comcast-Time Warner Cable proceeding is restarted at Day 85. In the Comcast-Time Warner Cable proceeding, Replies to Responses/Oppositions, which were originally scheduled to be due on October 8, 2014, must be filed on or before December 23, 2014. In the AT&TDIRECTV proceeding, Replies to Responses/Oppositions, which were originally due on November 5, 2014, must be filed on or before January 7, 2015.
The Nebraska Public Service Commission is seeking comment on various options to reform the contribution mechanism used to fund the Nebraska Universal Service Fund (NUSF). Options include revising the current, revenues-based assessment or adopting a different basis for assessment, such as connections, numbers, or a hybrid application of several options. The PUC is not considering the assessment of broadband services or broadening the base to include additional consumers not already contributing to the NUSF. Comments are due February 13, 2015; reply comments are due April 13, 2015. TMI Regulatory Bulletin Service subscribers see Bulletin dated 12/3/14