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 invited comments on the application of AT&T to discontinue certain domestic telecommunications services. Comments are due May 27, 2015. In accordance with FCC rules, AT&T’s application will be deemed to be granted automatically on the 31st day after the release of the FCC’s Public Notice (i.e., June 12, 2015), unless the FCC notifies AT&T that the grant will not be automatically effective. AT&T indicated that it plans to grandfather AT&T Corporate Calling Card Service (Calling Card Service or Affected Service) for existing customers and to cease offering the service to new customers on or after May 15, 2015. AT&T also said that, on or after June 1, 2016, it plans to restrict service to existing customers by no longer accepting moves, additions, and change orders for the Affected Service. It plans to eventually discontinue the Affected Service on or after December 31, 2016, subject to FCC authorization. Click here to see AT&T’s application and the FCC Public Notice.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission adopted revisions to its Chapter 59 (Oklahoma Universal Service) rules. The Commission declined to adopt its proposed definition of retail-billed Oklahoma intrastate revenues. The proposed definition would have included revenues received from federal universal support mechanisms, including Lifeline service, and prepaid wireless revenues as retail revenues. It did adopt proposed changes to rules concerning disputes of contribution amounts and how over- or under-recovery of OUSF contributions from customers should be handled. The rules require approval by the legislature and the Governor before they can become effective.