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FCC Opposition to Petition for Declaratory Ruling regarding the Rate for Cable System Pole Attachments Used for VOIP Service

Submission Date: 
I.   Introduction.
     The Commission should deny American Electric Power Service Corporation, Duke Energy Corporation, Southern Company, and Xcel Energy Services, Inc.’s (“Petitioners”) Petition for Declaratory Ruling (“Petition”)1 for the following reasons:

  • Applying the Telecom Rate to pole attachments used by cable operators to provide VoIP telephony services will raise costs to consumers and impede broadband deployment.
  • There is no valid statutory or policy basis for applying the Telecom Rate to pole attachments used for providing VoIP telephony services.
  • The Commission should seek to provide regulatory parity among cable operators and competitive telephone service providers.
  • Electric consumers are not subsidizing cable companies.

 For these reasons, the Commission must deny the Petition.

2009 09 24 ACA Comments Responding to Utilities re VoIP Dkt 09-154 FINAL as filed.pdf170.01 KB

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