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 Briefing.
The FCC issued a forfeiture in the amount of $493,327 against PTT Phone Cards, Inc., for allegedly providing international telecommunications services without FCC authority and disregarding virtually all of its regulatory obligations for over three years. The forfeiture was broken down as follows:
- $100,000 for providing international telecommunications service without authorization;
- $150,000 for failure to timely file annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheets (Form 499A);
- $53,327 for nonpayment and late payment of TRS contributions;
- $30,000 for late payment of LNP contributions;
- $20,000 for failure to timely pay required regulatory fees;
- $48,000 for failure to timely file USF compliance certifications;
- $12,000 for failure to timely file international telecommunications traffic reports; and
- $80,000 for failure to timely file CPNI certifications.
In issuing the final order, the FCC rejected PTT’s arguments in response to the Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (See TMI Blog, FCC Seeks 1/2 Million $$ Fine For Massive Telecom Rule Violations, dated 9/18/14) that its penalty should be reduced or cancelled based on, among other reasons, the Company’s size, its ability to pay, that its TRS obligations were satisfied by its underlying carrier, and what it characterized as good faith efforts to comply with or aid the investigation.
The PUC has penalized Southern California Edison $16.7 million for failure to timely report ex parte communications and for misleading the PUC, in violation of PUC rules. The PUC determined that Edison engaged in eight unreported ex parte communications between March 26, 2013, and June 17, 2014, related to the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The PUC said that Edison failed to report, before or after, ex parte communications that occurred between an Edison executive(s) and a Commissioner. In addition, the PUC determined that Edison twice violated PUC ethics rule (Rule 1.1), as a result of the acts and omissions of Edison and its employees, which misled the PUC, showed disrespect for the PUC’s Rules, and undermined public confidence in the PUC. Click here for details.