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’s Wireless Telecommunications and Wireline Competition Bureaus (Bureaus) announced they are ready to authorize Mobility Fund Phase I support for the Auction 901 winning bids submitted by VTel Wireless Inc. To be authorized to receive the support, VTel must submit an acceptable irrevocable stand-by letter of credit and Bankruptcy Code opinion letter from its legal counsel for each of its winning bids. The required information must be submitted by 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 5, 2015. Failure to file the required documents by the deadline will subject the company to an auction default payment.
The PSC has directed Clear Rate Communications, Inc. to provide proof it is complying with state law and PSC regulations that require telecommunications companies to provide telephone service to deaf and hard-of-hearing residents. The PSC said that a failure to provide these services would be in violation of Section 315 of the Michigan Telecommunications Act, which requires that each provider of basic local exchange service provide a telecommunications relay service whereby persons using a text telephone-telecommunications device for the deaf can communicate with persons using a voice telephone. The PSC staff questions whether Clear Rate customers have had access to TRS since Feb. 7, 2015, and the PSC has not been able to determine if the company is providing TRS to its customers on its own, jointly with other basic local exchange providers, or by contract with other telecommunication providers. Click here for more details. Clear Rate Communications must file its response to the PSC’s order by October 8, 2015.