Monthly Archives: June 2010

Colorado Governor Vetoes VoIP Deregulation Bill

On June 7th, the Governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter, Jr. , sent a veto message regarding House Bill 10-1281 which would have permanently exempted Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) providers from regulation by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”), including the voice telephone services offered by the cable companies. Citing activity at the FCC regarding Read more…

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FCC Begins Exploring Lifeline for Broadband

On June 8th, the FCC announced that its Wireline Competition Bureau will be hosting a roundtable discussion to enable interested parties to discuss the design of pilot programs that would provide subsidies for broadband access to low income consumers, a program similar to the Lifeline discount program for telephone users . The pilot concept comes Read more…

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Verizon Asks PSC for Permission to Stop Delivering White Pages

The June 2nd New York State Register included a posting from the New York State Public Service Commission (“PSC”) seeking comments on Verizon’s request for a waiver of the requirement to distribute residential white pages directories to all of its customers. The company claimed that the current requirements are no longer necessary and granting its Read more…

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The Topsy Turvy World of Lifeline Enrollment in New York

As PULP has reported on numerous times in recent years, telephone Lifeline enrollment for reduced price telephone Lifeline service in New York State with the landline providers has dropped by more than 50% since its peak in 1996 . However, according to the latest postings from the Universal Service Administrative Company (“USAC”), the FCC’s designated Read more…

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Raiding Niagara

The New York Public Authorities Law Section 1005 generally requires, with some exceptions, that hydro power be used for the benefit of the state’s “rural and domestic customers.” This makes the power from the Niagara and St. Lawrence hydro plants available at the very low cost of production without any markup. Over the years, large Read more…

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