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 announced it is accepting applications from entities interested in receiving certification to distribute equipment under the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) to qualifying residents in Hawaii. Applications will be accepted until February 23, 2015. In 2012, the FCC selected Island Skill Gathering as the NDBEDP certified program for the state of Hawaii. In January 2015, Island Skill informed the FCC that it would not continue participating in the NDBEDP and that it would relinquish its certification effective immediately. The certified program selected for Hawaii will be reimbursed for eligible NDBEDP related costs that it incurs after its selection and during the third year of the NDBEDP pilot program, which began July 1, 2014, and ends June 30, 2015. Any public program or private entity may apply to the FCC for certification if it meets the FCC’s qualification requirements.
The Oregon PUC will hold a workshop on February 18, 2015, to consider revisions to the PUC’s General Protective Order used when exchanging sensitive information in PUC proceedings. The goal of the workshop is to clarify the responsibilities of all parties and ensure the Protective Order continues to be an effective and efficient discovery tool. The workshop will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Transportation.