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For Immediate Release: May 10, 2013
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

FCC Acknowledges Key State Role in Order Seeking Input on IP-Network Trials

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission proposed running trial programs on IP networks:

“We are still reviewing today’s series of proposals from the Federal Communications Commission. But we are pleased the agency recognized the important role State regulators play in protecting consumers. Specifically, the Commission acknowledged NARUC’s Presidential Task Force on Federalism and Telecommunications, which we established last year. Our Task Force is making considerable progress in developing policy recommendations on telecommunications regulation. As the FCC notes in today’s order, the telecommunications marketplace is changing every day. New technologies are providing consumers with an incredible array of options, but no new handset or exciting ‘app’ changes the suppliers’ obligation to serve. We look forward to working with the FCC—protecting consumers will take a strong Federal-State relationship. Our formal comments on today’s proposal will be filed in compliance with the commission’s deadlines.”
--NARUC President Philip Jones of Washington

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NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

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