Call to action (updated Feb 8, 2021): The Commission will be voting on regulations to require 72 hours of backup power for wireline service (including landline telephone, cable and broadband internet service) that will allow all customers in High Fire Threat Districts to access 9-1-1, 2-1-1 and emergency notifications. These regulations follow similar regulations for wireless service that were adopted last summer. These regulations are proposed to come into effect in October, 2021.
The Public Advocates Office is very supportive of these regulations. We consider this an important step in ensuring the health and safety of Californians during emergencies, such as fires and power shutoffs.
If you would like to provide comments to the Commission regarding these regulations, here are two ways to do so;
- Make a public comment during the voting meeting
During the voting meeting on Feb 11, 10 am, you can provide the Commission with your perspective on the proposed regulations before the Commissioners vote. More information on accessing and speaking during the public meeting is available here: https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/commission_meeting/
- Submit a written public comment online
Click on this link to access the CPUC’s Emergency Disaster Relief rulemaking’s public comments page: https://apps.cpuc.ca.gov/apex/f?p=401:65:0::NO:RP,57,RIR:P5_PROCEEDING_SELECT:R1803011
There will be a “Add Public Comment” button. You can follow the prompts from there.
You can also view other public comments submitted to the proceeding in the “Public Comment” tab at the top/center of the proceeding main page.
Presentation by Kate Beck – Senior Analyst, Public Advocates Office, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC); Kate.email@example.com , (415) 703-2910
UPDATED: advocacy links from Pg. 10 of Beck’s presentation:
Submit complaints to the Consumer Affairs Branch
Submit public comments to the CPUC
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