April 13, 2018
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California Public Utilities Commission Meeting - March 22, 2018

On March 22, 2018, the California Public Utilities Commission ("Commission") held its agenda meeting in San Francisco, California. The telecommunications items addressed at the meeting are summarized below.


Commission Adopts Resolution that Revises the California LifeLine Program's Charter to Include a Wireless Representative and to Change the Submission Date of the Administrative Committee's Annual Budget Proposal (Adopted on Consent Agenda, Item 3)

Resolution T-17574 approves certain modifications to the LifeLine Charter. The modifications adopted (1) add a new member representative from the California LifeLine wireless providers; (2) add a new member representative from the deaf/hearing impaired or disabled community; (3) change the submission date of the administrative committee's annual budget proposal; and (4) change the administrative committee's meeting frequency.

The draft resolution voted upon at the meeting is available at: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/SearchRes.aspx?docformat=ALL&docid=212108927


Commission Adopts Proposed Decision that Grants SQF, LLC a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity ("CPCN") to Provide Full Facilities-Based Local Exchange and Interexchange Telecommunications within California (Adopted on Consent Agenda, Item 26)

SQF, LLC ("SQF") is a Maine Limited Liability Company authorized to do business in California. SQF filed an application requesting a CPCN to provide full facilities-based local exchange and interexchange telecommunications services within California. No protests to the Application were filed. SQF proposes to provide a variety of services using a system of fiber optic cables, small antennas, and conversion equipment both attached to new Applicant-provided and Applicant-owned poles, and other existing structures. SQF plans to provide services to wireless internet service providers, public safety network operators, competitive local exchange carriers, and cellular carriers. The company does not plan to provide any direct services to residential or business customers in California.

The proposed decision voted upon at the meeting is available at: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Published/G000/M210/K523/210523196.PDF


Commission Adopts Proposed Decision Requiring Filing of Compliance Document with Final Tally of Total Billings of Independent Review Team to Close the High Threat District Fire Map Rulemaking Proceeding(Adopted on Consent Agenda, Item 15)

The Commission adopted a Proposed Decision in the Fire Map Rulemaking proceeding to require the filing of a compliance document by the Peer Development Panel by May 1, 2018, that provides a final tally of the total billings submitted by the Independent Review Team and paid by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and Southern California Edison Company.

The proposed decision voted upon at the meeting is available at: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Published/G000/M212/K285/212285075.PDF


Commission Adopts Resolution that Imposes Fines and Revokes the Operating Authority of Telephone Corporations for their Failures to Comply with User Fee, Public Purpose Program Surcharge and Performance Bond Requirements (Adopted on Consent Agenda, Item 19)

Resolution T-17597 imposes fines on 42 wireline telephone corporations in the amount of $1,000 per violation (total of $53,000) for failing to comply with one or more of the following California Public Utilities Commission requirements through November 2017: (1) reporting obligations pursuant to Public Utilities Code sections 401 through 405; (2) reporting and remittance requirements pursuant to Public Utilities Code sections 275 through 278 and General Order 153; and, 3) performance bond obligations pursuant to D. 10-09-017.

The draft resolution voted upon at the meeting is available at: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Published/G000/M212/K295/212295382.PDF


Commission Holds Proposed Decision that Would Grant Authority to Southern California Edison Company to Lease Fiber Optic Cables to Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless (HELD, Item 6 on the consent agenda)

The Commission held for further review a Proposed Decision in Application proceeding A.17-02-001 that would grant authority to Southern California Edison Company ("SCE") for authority to lease certain fiber optic cables to Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless ("Cellco") under the Master Dark Fiber Lease Agreement Pursuant to Public Utilities Code Section 851. The Proposed Decision would reject the request in the application for a 90/10 ratepayers/shareholders revenue allocation ratio. The revenue allocation pursuant to this decision would be 75 percent to ratepayers and 25 percent to shareholders. Under the terms and conditions of the Master Lease Agreement, SCE would grant Cellco an exclusive lease for the use of certain optical fibers along various cable routes within Southern California.

The proposed decision held at the meeting is available at: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/SearchRes.aspx?docformat=ALL&docid=211824182


Commission Holds Resolution T-17600 that Would Deny Kerman Telephone Company's Advice Letter 409-B, Requesting an Increase of $71,494 in California High Cost Fund-A Support for Calendar Year 2017 (HELD, Item 18 on the consent agenda)

The Commission held a Draft Resolution that would deny Kerman's requested increase of $71,494 in CHCF-A support that was based on the company's projected reduction in federal USF-HCLS from 2016 to 2017.

The draft resolution held at the meeting is available at: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Published/G000/M211/K401/211401487.PDF


Commission Withdraws Proposed Decision that Would Grant Application of SIGCA Holdings, LLC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (WITHDRAWN, Item 4 on the consent agenda)

The Commission withdrew without discussion a Proposed Decision concerning the Application of SIGCA Holdings, LLC ("SIGCA") for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity ("CPCN") to provide Resold and Full Facilities-Based Competitive Local Exchange and Interexchange Services. SIGCA filed its application on February 24, 2017. No protest to the Application had been filed.

The proposed decision withdrawn at the meeting is available at: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/SearchRes.aspx?docformat=ALL&docid=211828269

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