Monthly Archives: June 2014

Will the NY PSC Find Comcast’s Proposed Takeover of Time Warner Cable is in the “Public Interest”?

Comcast and Time Warner  filed a Joint Petition with the New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC) on May 15, 2014 seeking the state regulators’ approval that is necessary to effectuate the proposed national takeover of Time Warner Cable by Comcast.  Comcast, headquartered in Philadelphia, is the largest mass media and communications company in the world by revenue, Read more…

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Time Warner Required to Provide Redacted Reports on Service Quality

Time Warner service quality has been questioned in numerous public comments regarding the pending review by the PSC of its proposed acquisition by Comcast. Phone companies are required to maintain service quality records as to several indicia of service quality, and to file regular service quality reports with the New York PSC.  PSC regulations set out Read more…

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NYISO Report Signals New York Electric Grid Changes

The NYISO has issued its annual grid update, “Power Trends 2014: Evolution of the Grid,” this time indicating potential major changes may be coming, in response to power plant retirements, additional power generation from wind and other renewable sources, continued reliance upon natural gas generation and pricing affected by gas prices, potential increases in local “distributed” generation Read more…

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Telephone and Broadband Universal Service, Consumer Protection, and Rate Concerns Raised at Hearing on Comcast Takeover of Time Warner

At a June 18, 2014 Public Service Commission informational forum regarding the proposed acquisition of Time Warner by Comcast, the Utility Project’s Executive Director identified concerns with the Joint Petition regarding telephone and broadband universal service, affordability, consumer protection, and rates.  He pointed out in a written Statement that Time Warner, with its 1.2 million phone customers, Read more…

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Keyspan – Long Island (National Grid) Increases Utility Shutoff Measures After Closing Walk-In Customer Service Centers

Last year,  Keyspan East Gas Corporation   filed a proposal with the PSC seeking to eliminate all customer service assistance (except for taking payments) at eight of its eleven long island walk-in customer assistance offices which had been shared with LIPA when National Grid ran LIPA operations.   In an update, Keyspan-LI  said it would substitute customer service staff with Read more…

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Verizon – NY Reports Profitable 2013 After Years of Claimed Losses on its Wireline Telephone Service

Verizon – NY, the major wireline phone service provider in New York State, for years has filed required Annual Reports with the Public Service Commission indicating it is losing money on its state regulated phone service.  These claimed financial losses, along with the assertion that it would be deploying more fiber optic lines, were the predicate Read more…

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Time Warner’s VOIP Internet Phone Service in New York is a “Telecommunications Service” Requiring Just, Reasonable and Nondiscriminatory Service

The New York Times published an Op -Ed today raising numerous valid points about current efforts of telephone companies to migrate telephone service  and phone customers from traditionally regulated copper wireline service to networks using other technologies (wireless or internet) that currently are virtually unregulated by the FCC and state regulators.  See Jon Brodkin, When the Landline is Read more…

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