The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will hold two public hearings on the Western Slope this week as it continues to take public comment about proposed changes to its telecommunications rules.
A public hearing will be held in Montrose on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. at the city council chambers, 433 S. 1st Street.
The following day, Sept. 20, the PUC will take comment beginning at 1 p.m. at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Avenue, in Rifle.
The PUC is considering updates to its rules based on technological and competitive changes in the telecom industry. The proposed rules are intended to reduce regulation where it is appropriate, including reductions to Colorado High Cost Support Mechanism (CHCSM), which reimburses certain telecom providers for serving customers in high-cost areas of the state.
The proposed rules would define and set forth factors the commission deems appropriate when determining if an "effectively competitive area" exists. Regulatory treatment, and high cost support, would be lessened in geographical areas where basic local exchange service is found to have effective competition.
Formal rulemaking hearings are scheduled for Oct. 1-4 at the PUC in Denver. Written comments may be submitted through the PUC website. Comments should be submitted to Docket No. 12R-862T.blog comments powered by Disqus