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Table of Contents - March 1, 2015

NARUC: NARUC Adopts Resolutions on Role in Consumer Protection, State Access to Outage Data

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) board of directors has given final approval to a resolution urging the FCC to partner with states to protect consumers during the transition to IP-based communications technologies, and a resolution calling on the Commission to grant states access to the FCC's Network Outage Reporting System (NORS).

The board's vote came at the conclusion of NARUC's winter meetings that were held Feb. 15-18 in Washington.

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Comptel: Wheeler Eager to Move on Special Access, Tech Transition, Legal Adviser Says

After dealing with the major actions on open Internet rules and preemption of state laws restricting municipal broadband networks at the FCC's Feb. 26 meeting, "there's a lot to be done," including an order in the technology transition proceeding launched last fall and action in the long-pending special access proceeding, according to Daniel Alvarez, a legal adviser to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Regarding special access, the data collection phase is nearly complete, Mr. Alvarez noted. "We want to move ahead with as quickly as possible," he said during a Feb. 24 panel discussion at the Comptel Competition & Innovation Policy Summit. "The Chairman is really chomping at the bit" over the special access proceeding, he added.

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