Monthly Archives: February 2009

NTIA to Hold Meetings on How to Use Broadband Stimulus Money

In the February 24th Federal Register, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”) announced that it will begin holding hearings on March 2nd to discuss the broadband grant program. NTIA, a bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the President’s principal adviser on telecommunications and information policy issues. NTIA is scheduling meetings to afford Read more…

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How to Dial Your Rotary Phone

The transition to digital television (DTV) requires significant change for many customers who do not have cable or satellite TV or newer TV sets. The need to adapt to technological change, and the importance of simple clear information is evident. Compare the instructions on “How to Dial a Rotary Phone” with “Digital TV Converter Box Read more…

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New York State Assembly Committees to Hold Hearings on NYISO Wholesale Electricity Pricing

The New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Energy and the Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions will be holding joint hearings on the wholesale electricity pricing of the New York State Independent System Operator (NYISO) at the Chancellors’ Hall of the State Education Building in Albany on March 5 at 10:30. The Notice Read more…

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PSC Asked to Offset its $330M Efficiency Surcharges with $220M from Sale of Greenhouse Gas Allowances

This week, Multiple Intervenors, a group of industrial and other large electricity-consuming customers, filed a petition at the PSC this week seeking a declaratory ruling to reduce the PSC-created $334 million System Benefit Charge (“SBC”) by the expected annual revenue of $220 million from the sale of Greenhouse Gas Allowances. The February 24 petition states: Read more…

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Bronx Tenant Association Objects to PSC Staff Proposal to "Streamline" Electric Submetering Rules

As we have previously reported, the PSC Staff is proposing to revise the agency’s regulations to “streamline” the approval process for landlord sale of electric service to residential tenants, known as “submetering.” See PSC to Hold Technical Conference on Electricity Submetering Issues; Submetering Technical Conference Postponed to January. Submetering is entirely a creation of the Read more…

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DTV Converter Installation Instructions

Many lower income households do not subscribe to cable and do not have new TVs that are ready for digital television. After the DTV conversion, their sets will not work to receive broadcast television without a converter box. For a helpful video demonstrating how to hook up the converter box click here.

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PULP Files Comments on Improving Next Year’s HEAP Program

The HEAP “block grant”program allows great flexibility to states in tailoring eligibility conditions and benefit amounts, within the broad contours of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Act (LIHEAA). One of the requirements of LIHEAA is that states must conduct needs assessments and hearings on their draft plan before they finalize the State Plan that Read more…

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