Governor, legislators agree on sweeping CPUC reform package

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A plan for a major overhaul of the California Public Utilities Commission was announced yesterday by governor Jerry Brown and three legislators – Bay Area senators Mark Leno and Jerry Hill, and LA assemblyman Mike Gatto – who have been pushing for significant changes, even to the point of getting rid of it altogether (h/t to Regina Costa at TURN for the heads up).

The first item on the long list is to get the CPUC out of the business of regulating some transportation services, most notably ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, but also certain bus companies and other land and water conveya

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California conduit battle continues as AT&T dances around the question

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Webpass' fight with AT&T over access to conduit continues. That's the word from a Kind Reader of this humble blog who seems to be in a position to know. Yesterday's post about the complaint Webpass has filed with the California Public Utilities Commission about AT&T's conduit access practices was behind events on a couple of points. I didn't know the outcome of last week's hearing or the fact that <a href="http://www.tellusventure.com/blog/google-fiber-buys-webpass-jumps-into-clec-infrastruct

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Webpass challenges AT&T’s iron grip on conduit

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Telephone companies and other regulated utilities have to share conduit and pole access. They can charge each other a particular rate for it or, if usable space is lacking, require upgrades. But they can't refuse access completely and it has to be granted on a non-discriminatory basis.

It is notoriously difficult to get access to AT&T conduit. Now, a complaint (technically, a request for arbitration) filed with the Califor

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Bills to scrap local cell site review and California Public Utilities Commission delayed

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Don't have to look far to find a horse in Sacramento.

A proposal to allow mobile carriers to install cell sites pretty much anywhere they want – including on publicly owned property – without meaningful review by local government has been bumped by a week. Assembly bill 2788 will be heard next Monday in the senate energy, utilities and commerce committee, instead of as originally scheduled for today. Likewise, a proposal – <a href="http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_0001-00

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Bill forcing California cities to lease cell sites, scrap permits magically appears

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Camouflaged with associated equipment. Can't get any smaller than that.

Using a legislative maneuver delicately referred to as gut and amend, assemblyman Mike Gatto (D - Los Angeles) transmogrified a bill about natural gas storage into a free pass for mobile phone companies to 1. install cell sites pretty much anywhere they want with little or no oversight by local governments and 2. force local governments to lease publicly owned facilities for the purpose (h/t to Omary Masry at the City and County of San Francisco for the pointer).

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Big okay for California dig once bill

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Broadband infrastructure.

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the California senate's transportation and housing committee approved assembly bill 1549, a proposal carried by north coast assemblyman Jim Wood. I was among those at the hearing and prepared to speak on its behalf, but we took our cue from committee chair Jim Beall (D - Silicon Valley) who, in polite words, hinted there's no opposition, we're all in favor, so make it quick. So we did. What I would have said was...

Assembly bill 1549 does three, very

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Broadband is a common carrier service, says federal appeals court

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It's all about customer perception.

Call it two and a half out of three. That was the vote by a panel of federal appeals court judges as they tossed out challenges by a wide range of Internet service providers, and ruled that the Federal Communications Commission acted legally when it said broadband is a telecommunications service, rather than an information service, and imposed common carrier regulations on broadband service last year.

Two judges were completely in favor of the new rules, and the third agreed with some of their reasoning but dissented on other points. <a href="http://www.tellusventur

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Mobile broadband doesn’t perform as advertised, CPUC tells FCC

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Don't believe the broadband speed levels that mobile carriers – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon – claim to deliver. That's what the California Public Utilities Commission is telling its counterpart in Washington, the Federal Communications Commission. Unlike the FCC, the CPUC has a rigorous, longstanding mobile data testing program th

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Four good reasons to favor FTTH over wireless broadband, CPUC says

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No less deserving.

When it approved a $16 million grant for the Bright Fiber fiber-to-the-home project in Nevada County last year, the California Public Utilities Commission said that expensive and patchy wireless Internet service is not sufficient to block broadband infrastructure construction subsidies in underserved areas. Last week, the CPUC reaffirmed that decision, unanimously rejecting requests for a rehearing from two fixed wire

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Faster speeds can offset higher costs in FCC broadband subsidy auction

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What do I hear bid?

The Federal Communications Commission is defining 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speeds as "baseline performance" for the next round of Connect America Fund 2 (CAF-2) broadband subsidies. It's not a hard requirement, but speeds at or above that level will give applicants extra credit when the FCC runs a reverse auction – probably later this year – to award $215 million in annual subsidies for ten years in eligible areas that weren't included in the last round of CAF-2 awards.

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\n\nA plan for a major overhaul of the California Public Utilities Commission was announced yesterday by governor Jerry Brown and three legislators – ...
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Don\'t have to look far to find a horse in Sacramento.\n\nA proposal to allow mobile carriers to install cell sites pretty much anywhere they want – in...
Camouflaged with associated equipment. Can\'t get any smaller than that.\n\nUsing a legislative maneuver delicately referred to as gut and amend, assembl...
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No less deserving.\n\nWhen it approved a $16 million grant for the Bright Fiber fiber-to-the-home project in Nevada County last year, the California Pub...
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