On March 1, 2018, the California Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) held its agenda meeting in Lynwood, California. During this meeting, discussion focused on energy and transportation items. However, during commissioner reports, Commissioner Guzman Aceves noted that the Commission filed a petition with the FCC to seek a waiver of the Lifeline port freeze rules. Commissioner Guzman Aceves also announced that the Commission is holding Internet for All Now Act workshops across the State of California, to promote broadband adoption and infrastructure deployment in underserved areas. These and other items of interest are addressed and summarized below.

Commission Approves TruConnect Communications, Inc.’s Request to add T-Mobile as an Underlying Carrier (Item 10, adopted during the consent agenda)

The Commission granted the request of TruConnect Communications, Inc. to add T-Mobile as underlying wireless carrier in order to be exempt from the ZIP+4 requirement. This would allow consistency with the Commission’s previous authorization of other wireless ETCs that operate in Small LEC service territories and would expand its federal Lifeline service area statewide where its underlying carriers, Sprint and T-Mobile, offer service.

The draft resolution voted upon at the meeting is available at: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Published/G000/M211/K524/211524470.PDF

Commission Approves AT&T’s Application to Withdraw from Centralized Credit Check System (Item 20, adopted during the consent agenda)

This decision grants the application of Pacific Bell Telephone Co., dba AT&T California (“AT&T”) to withdraw from the Centralized Credit Check System (“CCCS”) that the Commission instituted in 1985. In its application, AT&T argued that the CCCS is no longer cost-effective and that it does not currently use CCCS data in making California credit decisions and has no plans to use it in the future. In granting the application, the Commission cited the holding from D.89-11-039 (Sierra’s Application to Withdraw from CCCS), which authorized utilities participating in the CCCS program to withdraw upon a showing that it is not cost-effective to continue in the program.

The proposed decision voted upon at the meeting is available at: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Published/G000/M207/K256/207256717.PDF

Synergen Technologies, Inc. is Granted a CPCN(Item 22, adopted during the consent agenda)

The Commission granted Synergem Technologies, Inc. (“Synergem”), a Delaware corporation, authority to provide resold and facilities-based competitive local exchange and 911 call transport telecommunications services within the State of California in the service territories of Pacific Bell Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T California (“AT&T”), Frontier California Inc. (“Frontier California”), Citizens Telecommunications Company of California, Inc. d/b/a Frontier Communications of California (“Frontier Communications”), and Consolidated Communications of California Company (“Consolidated”) and interexchange service in California. Synergem will provide 911 call routing to customers who are local carriers, public safety organization, and governmental entities, using a combination of time division multiplexing (“TDM”) and voice over internet protocol (“VoIP”) technologies. Synergem intends to use its own switching facilities and to obtain transport from other carriers.

The proposed decision voted upon at the meeting is available at: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Published/G000/M209/K709/209709534.PDF

Silica Network is Granted a CPCN (Item 24, adopted during the consent agenda)

Silica Network is granted a CPCN to provide resold and competitive full facilities-based local and inter-exchange telecommunications services in the service territories of AT&T, Frontier California, Consolidated, and Frontier Communications. Silica Network proposes to provide a variety of retail and wholesale switched and dedicated network and point-to-point (special access services).

The proposed decision voted upon at the meeting is available at: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Published/G000/M202/K259/202259255.PDF

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