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Nevada Stacks the Odds Against Regulatory Compliance

Posted by Sharon Thomas

Last year, the Nevada PUC embarked on a "zero tolerance" policy for telecom carriers and other regulated utilities who filed late or incomplete annual reports, annual assessments, TDD surcharges, and CMRS (wireless) licensing fees. Based on a Staff Petition filed last August, the Commission issued an order to "show cause" why regulated companies who filed any of those reports/fees even a single day late or with just a small error or omission should not be fined or have their certificates revoked. Many companies filed comments in response to the show cause petition to plead their cases and demonstrate that they had come into compliance well prior to issuance of the petition. The comments had little to no effect and the Commission issued fines for all but a handful of the more than 100 companies on the show cause list.

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Topics: telecom regulation, Compliance Reporting, PUC, Nevada

CA Wireless Carriers Ask For Reconsideration of Bond Requirement

Posted by Fran Martens

In June 2013, the California PUC issued a Decision revising the registration process for wireless carriers (and the certification process for telephone corporations).   See our 6/6/13 blog posting " California PUC - Performance Bond from CPCN and WIR."

On July 3, 2013, a group of wireless carriers filed a request for rehearing of the decision to impose a $25,000 (continuing) performance bond requirement on all wireless telecommunications carriers.

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Topics: wireless, California, PUC, CPCN

The Regulatory Mix From TMI - Monday, July 1, 2013

Posted by Amy Gross

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 (our popular subscription service). Most will simply be activities that we felt would be of interest to our blog followers. We plan to post a fresh list every morning between 10 AM and 11 AM.  

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Topics: FCC, The Regulatory Mix, California, PUC, regulatory monitoring, CPNI

The Regulatory Mix From TMI - Friday, June 28, 2013

Posted by Fran Martens

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 (our popular subscription service). Most will simply be activities that we felt would be of interest to our blog followers. We plan to post a fresh list every morning between 10 AM and 11 AM.

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Topics: FCC, The Regulatory Mix, wireless, PUC, regulatory monitoring, 477 reporting

Maine PUC Changes Rules for ETC and Lifeline/Link-up

Posted by Fran Martens

The Maine PUC adopted amendments to the standards for the designation and annual certification of Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs). In a separate Order, it also adopted amendments to the eligibility criteria for the Lifeline and Link-Up programs. When the adopted rules become effective, the PUC will no longer designate Lifeline-only ETCs. Going forward, such carriers will apply to the FCC for ETC designation. The rule changes will become effective after publication by the Secretary of State.

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Topics: ETC, PUC, Maine

Change to E-911 Assessments for CT and MD

Posted by Tom Forte

Recently Connecticut and Maryland adopted changes to E-911 fees. Both changes effect the manner in which prepaid wireless providers  remit their E-911 fees.  The changes are set to take effect on  July 1, 2013.

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Topics: wireless, 911, PUC, Connecticut, Maryland

California PUC - Performance Bond from CPCN and WIR

Posted by Fran Martens

The California PUC has ordered all CPCN holders and all WIR carriers to obtain a performance bond of $25,000. Carriers of Last Resort (COLR) are exempt from the requirement to obtain a performance bond.

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Topics: wireless, California, PUC, CPCN

New Hampshire PUC Upholds Decision To Regulate VoIP

Posted by Fran Martens

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Topics: VoIP, New Hampshire, PUC, regulatory monitoring

California Order Revises Certification Process For CPCN And WIR

Posted by Fran Martens

The California PUC adopted an Order that will revise the certification/registration process for telephone corporations (CPCN) and wireless carriers (WIR).

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Topics: wireless, California, PUC, CPCN

New Hampshire PUC Proposes New Telecom Rules

Posted by Fran Martens

The New Hampshire PUC has proposed new telecommunications rules.  A new   category of telephone utility - Excepted Local Exchange Carrier (ELEC) - will be established.  A new term - Voice Service Provider (VSP) - will refer to all telephone public utilities.  Proposed rules address registration and reporting; tariffs and rate schedules; and customer relations.  VSPs will have to provide essential telecommunications service to their customers and ILECs will be required to provide basic service.  If you need assistance evaluating the impact of these rules, TMI can help you.

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Topics: telecom regulation, New Hampshire, PUC

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