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CPUC Approves Grant to Construct and Extend Broadband Infrastructure Project in Riverside County

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Today we approved grant funding to construct and extend a broadband infrastructure project that will provide broadband Internet service to unserved and underserved areas in Riverside County.

At our Voting Meeting, the Commissioners authorized grants from the California Advanced Service Fund (CASF) to Anza Electric Cooperative, Inc. (AEC) for the second phase of a broadband infrastructure project.

We allocated $1,796,070 from the CASF to AEC to construct Phase 2 of the Connect Anza Project to extend a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) system into the unincorporated communities of Alpine Village, Pinyon Crest, Pinyon Pines, and Ribbonwood (the Pinyon area) and into the Santa Rosa Reservation in western Riverside County east of Anza Valley.

As part of the Phase 2 project, AEC will extend the recently completed FTTP system and service by deploying fiber optic cable on existing poles and rights-of-way to more than 400 households spread over 69 square miles in the areas of Pinyon and the Santa Rosa Reservation, at a cost of $4,349 per household in CASF subsidies. The project offers broadband Internet service speeds of 50 Mbps, and will also provide substantial safety and health benefits including, but not limited to, resilient high-capacity broadband infrastructure that will project access to emergency services and information, e-health services, and voice service that will meet all safety standards, including E911. The grant represents 70 percent of total project costs.

CASF promotes deployment of high-quality advanced communication services to Californians. Most program funds are for infrastructure deployment. Some funds are for broadband adoption, awareness, training, and access.

CPUC Makes Utility Reporting of Self-Identified Potential Violations Mandatory

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Today we modified our natural gas and electric safety Citation programs to make utility reporting of some self-identified potential violations mandatory.

Our decision today grants in part a Petition for Modification of a prior CPUC Decision (D.16-09-055) to further enhance our gas and electric safety enforcement Citation programs. Utilities must now provide a report by the 15th of each month for all self-identified potential violations that pose a significant safety threat to the public, utility staff, contractors, or subcontractors. Under the rules, our Safety and Enforcement Division has the discretion to define and refine the reporting process. The utilities can be penalized for violations of the reporting requirements.

We encourage utilities to consult with our Safety and Enforcement Division staff regarding a potential violation as soon as possible. The utilities must make a report immediately, outside the monthly reporting process, if there is an event that may warrant more immediate staff attention.

Calling San Diego! New Dialing Procedures Are Mandatory Starting May 19: CPUC Information Alert

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Beginning on May 19, 2018, residents and businesses with 619 and 858 area codes (greater San Diego) must dial 1 + area code + telephone number for all calls.  After that date, if callers do not use the new dialing procedures, the call will not be completed and a recording will instruct the caller to hang up and dial again using the new dialing procedure.

In April 2017, the CPUC ordered that the existing 619/858 boundary be removed to allow the existing 858 area code to serve the same geographic region as the existing 619 area code, and conversely, the existing 619 area code to serve the same geographic region as the existing 858 area code.  The CPUC implemented this change to ensure that consumers and businesses in the greater San Diego area have continued access to telephone numbers from the wireline, wireless, and Voice over Internet Protocol providers of their choice.

CPUC Proposal Rejects Utility Request to Build New Natural Gas Pipeline in San Diego

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Today we issued a proposal that, if adopted by our Commissioners at our June 21, 2018 Voting Meeting, would deny the request of San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) to build a new natural gas transmission pipeline, finding it is not needed for safety or reliability.

 The utilities are seeking CPUC approval to build a 47-mile long, 36-inch diameter natural gas transmission pipeline from Rainbow Station to Miramar, at a cost of $639 million. The pipeline would replace a 16-inch natural gas transmission pipeline, also from Rainbow Station to Miramar. The proposed route is located in San Diego County and crosses the cities of San Diego, Escondido, and Poway; unincorporated communities in San Diego County; and federal land. 

The proposal issued today by a CPUC Administrative Law Judge finds that the utilities' most recent natural gas supply forecast and the CPUC's reliability standard for gas planning do not demonstrate that there is a need for the proposed pipeline.  The proposal orders the companies to pursue options for supply that may be needed in smaller amounts and for shorter periods of time in the coming years.

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