Monthly Archives: June 2009

Assembly Passes Bill to Correct Diversion of Complaints Regarding Submetered Electric Service

The Basics – The PSC Decides Customer Complaints over Utility ServiceThe Public Service Law and the Home Energy Fair Practices Act (HEFPA), enacted in 1981, have always provided for administrative adjudication by the Public Service Commission of customer complaints regarding residential utility service and bills. HEFPA was a major reform tantamount to a utility consumer Read more…

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PSC Seeks Comments on Petition of Hazel Towers Tenants to Halt Submetering

Tenants at Hazel Towers, a former Mitchell-Lama housing project in the Bronx, petitioned the Public Service Commission to halt submetering previously authorized by a PSC Order that waives the general prohibition against resale of electric service. The Petition alleges noncompliance with the Home Energy Fair Practices Act and the Commission Order. See Hazel Towers Tenants Read more…

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PSC Acknowledges 315 Area Code Change is Not Needed

With the release of a three sentence Notice on June 15th, the New York State Public Service Commission (“PSC”) brought an end to a proceeding to provide area code “relief” to the 315 area code region in central New York. This case began with a December 2007 Order to resolve the apparent diminishing availability of Read more…

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PSC to FCC: We Oppose Measures to Effectuate Universal Affordable Broadband Service

A New York state goal “to ensure that every New Yorker has access to affordable, high speed broadband Internet,” was articulated by former Governor Spitzer, and it looks like the current Governor also well understands the connection between broadband availability and economic development. Governor David Paterson’s recently released report, Bold Steps to the New Economy: Read more…

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GAO Report Supports Broadband Stimulus Goals, Coordination Needed

On June 10, 2009, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Henry Waxman, Communications, Technology, and the Internet Subcommittee Chair Rick Boucher, and Congressman Zachary Space released the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) report entitled Broadband Deployment Plan Should Include Performance Goals and Measures to Guide Federal Investment.” The Report found that despite the efforts of the Read more…

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South Carolina Finds Cable Phone Service to Be a Telecom Service; What about NY PSC?

The Public Service Commission of South Carolina ruled that Time Warner Cable’s digital voice service is a telecommunications service subject to its jurisdiction in a June 5, 2009 order. Most importantly, it found that neither the FCC nor any federal court has expressly preempted state regulation of telecommunications services offered by fixed interconnected Voice over Read more…

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