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 House Energy and Commerce Committee approved, on voice vote, the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act (HR 734). The bill is intended to reduce reporting requirements and increase efficiency at the FCC. The bill was approved by the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology earlier this month. See the Regulatory Mix dated 2/5/15.
The FCC announced that electronic filing of the following documents became mandatory on February 12, 2015: (1) applications for authorization of domestic transfers of control under §214(a) of the Communications Act; (b) applications for authorization to discontinue, reduce, or impair a service under §214(a) of the Act; and (c) notices of network changes under §251(c)(5) of the Act. On January 12, 2015, electronic filing became mandatory for the following types of documents: all formal complaints under §214 of the Act and (2) pole attachment complaints under §224 of the Act. See the Regulatory Mix dated 12/15/14.
The FCC released an Enforcement Advisory relating to the filing of the 2014 Annual Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) Certifications due March 1, 2015. The FCC said that failure to file a timely and complete certification calls into question whether a company has complied with the rules requiring it to protect the privacy and security of its customers’ sensitive information. It also reminded telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers that failure to comply with the CPNI rules, including the annual certification requirement, may subject them to enforcement action, including monetary forfeitures of up to $160,000 for each violation or each day of a continuing violation, up to a maximum of $1,575,000.
The CPUC issued a PROPOSED Decision approving – with conditions – the transfer of control of Time Warner Cable Information Services, LLC, and Bright House Networks Information Services, LLC, to Comcast Corporation. In addition, the PROPOSED Decision would grant allow the transfer of a limited number of business customers and associated regulated assets of Charter Fiberlink. Appendix A of the PROPOSED Decision is the conditions applicable to the merger. Among other things, within 30 days of the issuing date of any decision by another jurisdiction which materially changes the terms of the proposed transaction as it affects any of the parties’ California utility operations, they would be required to file a copy of that decision with the CPUC. The filing would have to include an analysis of the impact of any terms and conditions contained therein as they affect any of the parties’ California utility operations. The PROPOSED Decision is expected to be heard at the CPUC’s March 26, 2015, Business Meeting.