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’s Wireline Competition Bureau and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureaus) released data on fixed and mobile broadband deployment as of 12/31/14. These data were collected through FCC Form 477 and are available at www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/broadband-deployment-data-fcc-form-477. This is the first time the FCC has released broadband deployment data collected through Form 477.
Users can download data on the census blocks where providers report offering fixed broadband services to at least part of the block. The data tables also indicate the technology used to offer the service and the maximum advertised download and upload speeds for both consumer and business services. They are available in a CSV (comma separated value) format for the entire country and for individual states. Users can download coverage area maps showing mobile broadband network deployment for each combination of provider and network technology. These data are available in shapefiles, and users can download a single, large zip file containing all provider coverage areas or a zip file for an individual provider. Tabular data in a CSV format showing mobile coverage will be posted at a later date.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) (an independent authority within NTIA that provides emergency responders with a nationwide, high-speed, broadband network dedicated to public safety) announced that it has expanded its roster of public safety experts with the addition of three Senior Advisors who specialize in the fields of 9-1-1, EMS, and Fire. Their primary focus is to design and deliver a national targeted education and outreach plan to engage public safety officials within their respective disciplines in planning for the nationwide public safety broadband network. While they are focused on the national level, FirstNet’s Senior Advisors are available to support the state and territory single points of contact in statewide outreach efforts.
The CPUC has released Resolution T-17489. This Resolution revokes operating authorities held by 26 wireline telephone carriers listed in Appendices A and B for their failure to comply with two or more of the following Commission requirements: a) reporting and remittance of California Public Utilities Reimbursement Account Fee (User Fees); b) reporting and remittance of public purpose programs surcharges; and c) submission of a performance bond as ordered under D. 10-09-017.
The PSC will hold a hearing on December 4, 2015, to consider Indiana Michigan Power Company’s (I&M) September 30, 2015, application to implement a power supply cost recovery (PSCR) plan and PSCR factor of 8.89 mills per kilowatt-hour (kWh) or $0.00889 per kWh to compute its Michigan electric customers’ bills for the billing months of January 2016 through December 2016. I&M’s plan also includes a request to recover its Generation Hedging Plan costs through its PSCR Clause.