Monthly Archives: April 2009

PULP Submits New Evidence to PSC Showing No Need for Area Code Changes Now in Central NY 315 Area

On April 28, 2009, PULP submitted a Further Supplemental Brief on Exceptions with the New York State Public Service Commission (“PSC”) regarding the Recommended Decision issued in November 2008 calling for an overlay area code to be added in the current 315 area. PULP previously submitted a Brief on Exceptions outlining the reasons why area Read more…

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Another Verdict: Consumers Did Not See Tangible Benefits from Electric Restructuring

In a recent newsletter, veteran utility industry analyst and consultant Leonard Hyman weighed in on the issue of who, if anyone, has benefited from electric utility restructuring: Every year, at year-end, I recalculate the numbers and come to the same conclusion after comparing electricity prices in states that restructured and those that did not. I Read more…

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Bill Would Bar Landlords from Deeming Charges for Submetered Electric Service to be "Additional Rent"

Some landlords have won approval from the PSC to resell electric service to their residential tenants. Although the PSC orders typically contain a reference to compliance with the Home Energy Fair Practices Act (HEFPA), landlords have been skirting those requirements by deeming unpaid charges for electricity as additional rent, and threatening eviction. A NYSERDA handbook Read more…

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PSC Tells FCC Low Broadband Speeds Are OK for New York’s Unserved and Underserved Areas

As a follow-up to its comments recently filed at the FCC regarding the federal rural broadband strategy, see PSC Files Comments with FCC on Federal Rural Broadband Strategy, Forgets Affordability Issue for Low-Income Households, the New York State Public Service Commission (“PSC”), along with the state’s Office for Technology (“OT”), submitted a second set of Read more…

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Success Is a Relative Term for National Grid’s “Affordability Program”

National Grid released the first quarter 2009 results of its revised AffordAbility Program in its Niagara Mohawk service area on April 10th and the results are, optimistically, mixed. The AffordAbility Program is a PSC-approved “arrears forgiveness” program designed by National Grid for customers with arrears, to encourage regular and larger payments. A major component is Read more…

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13 Kinds of Ladies you should Prevent

In basic, men are looking first for physical tourist attraction at a woman. A number of them consider that if she is beautiful and well dressed, its the ideal partner they are trying to find. They don’t know that behind this appearance it’s hiding something worst. 13 Kinds of Ladies you should Prevent After you Read more…

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FCC Grants Tracfone Waiver of DTV Consumer Education Requirement

The FCC has regulations in place which require all Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (“ETCs”) to notify their Lifeline and Link-Up customers about the digital television (“DTV”) transition through the use of bill notices or monthly stand-alone mailers and publicity campaigns. See FCC Orders Telephone Lifeline Providers to Include Digital TV Transition Information in Customer Bills. ETCs Read more…

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