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.
After adopting a bipartisan manager’s amendment, the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology approved, by voice vote, the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act of 2015. See the Regulatory Mix dated 2/3/15. The amendment would require that the FCC, when assessing the state of competition, also consider the aggregate average total amount paid by cable systems in compensation under Section 325 during the period covered by the report. It would also specify that if the FCC determines, after considering the availability of advanced telecommunications capability to all Americans (including, in particular, elementary and secondary schools and classrooms), that advanced telecommunications capability is not being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion, it must take immediate action to accelerate the deployment of such capability by removing barriers to infrastructure investment and promoting competition in the telecommunications market.
The bipartisan bill passed the House the last two Congresses but failed to clear the Senate. Committee leaders are confident that the bill will make it to the president’s desk this new Congress.
The PUC has rescheduled the prehearing conference to February 18, 2015, in the matter of CenturyLink’s proposed Rate Center consolidation (i.e., consolidate the Sullivan, Aurora, and Brighton Rate Centers into the Denver Rate Center). A procedural schedule and hearing dates will be established the procedural schedule and hearing dates. Parties should be prepared to discuss: any impact of 47 C.F.R. §52.3 and pertinent FCC decisions pertaining to numbering responsibility and Rate Center consolidation; whether the ALJ should hold one or more hearings to take public comment; and what (if any) notice has given to customers who may be affected by the Rate Consolidation.