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.
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Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel and Sprint announced an expansion which will add more than 750 new jobs to neighborhoods throughout Chicago and an investment of nearly $150 million by the end of 2016. The Sprint® for Chicago initiative was launched in March 2015. It is dedicated to improving customer service and simplifying the brand experience. “Sprint is doubling down on its commitment to Chicago by adding over one thousand jobs to our city’s economy and further investing in the infrastructure that is bringing both the jobs and the technology to power Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities for the 21st century,” said Mayor Emanuel. Chicago will be the first Sprint city upgraded to an even faster network with the deployment of LTE Advanced technologies. Click here for full Press Release.
The PUC set a schedule to monitor and reexamine the Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) before the end of the calendar year, to protect against both over- and under-collection of the TAP surcharge and to ensure the uninterrupted provision of TAP credits. The PUC’s in-house TAP Administrator filed a six-month updated report on September 1. The PUC seeks comments on TAP surcharge and credit levels from interested parties, due October 1; will meet to reexamine all TAP issues on or about November 12; and will implement any changes in surcharge or credit levels during or after the January 1, 2016, billing cycle.
The PSC will hold a public hearing to consider Michigan Gas Utilities Corporation’s request for approval to true-up an over-refund of the Uncollectibles Expense Tracking Mechanism (UETM) credits for the 2012 and 2013 calendar years. The Company proposes to combine the 2012 and 2013 true-ups and recover from its customers $176,967 from January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016, on a service rendered basis. The first public hearing scheduled in this matter will be held on September 29, 2015.