September 2008: D.08-09-042 extends the rate caps on basic telephone service until December 31, 2010 for the four major (non-rural) carriers. Rates can increase up to $3.25 a year for basic telephone service beginning January 1, 2009. On January 1, 2011 the utilities will receive pricing flexibility for areas not subject to CHCF-B subsidies. For areas subject to the CHCF-B, after January 1, 2011, subsequent increases will be limited to the lower of either: 1) 150% of the maximum rate in the rest of the service area, or 2) The threshold of $36 less the EUCL (End User Common Line) charge.
- December 2007: PUC issues interim opinion implementing the California Advanced Services Fund D.07-12-054 The CASF information can be found here: CASF Announcement
- October 2007: PUC issues a report to the Legislature on High Cost Fund-B which explains the history of the CHCF-B fund and the status of the proceeding at that time.
- September 2007: PUC issues interim decision (D.07-09-020) which adopts major reforms to the High Cost Fund B program including reducing the surcharge (from 1.3% to 0.5% and then to 0.25% as modified by D.07-12-054), and increases the subsidy threshold to $36.00 over time. When the threshold reaches $36, D.07-09-020 changes the method of calculation of the subsidy payment to the difference between cost and the threshold level. The decision also sets forth a schedule of Phase II proceedings to develop and implement a reverse auction mechanism to determine future B-fund subsidy levels.
- August 24, 2006: PUC issues D.06-08-030, the Uniform Regulatory Framework (URF) decision, which changes some aspects of regulation and impacts some of the issues in the B-fund rulemaking.
- June 29, 2006: PUC issues a Rulemaking (R.06-06-028) to review the California High Cost Fund-B.
Successor Proceeding R.09-06-019