CPUC to Hold Communications en Banc to Discuss the Future of California’s Communications Grid

SAN FRANCISCO, December 5, 2019 – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is hosting an En Banc on the future of California’s communications grid to address how the state’s processes and regulations will need to evolve to stay relevant to Californians.

WHAT: CPUC Communications Division’s En Banc: “A Provider Perspective on the Future of California’s Communications Grid”

WHEN: Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102; also available via webcast at http://www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc

BACKGROUND

The communications market is changing rapidly. What began as a statewide, copper-based telephone network of franchise monopoly local exchange companies has evolved into a diverse, multi-provider and multi-technology broadband network that relies on copper, fiber optic, wireless, and satellite infrastructure.

This En Banc is the second in a series of stakeholder engagement opportunities envisioned by the CPUC’s Communications Division to address how the state’s processes and regulations will need to evolve to stay relevant to Californians. The public is invited to this En Banc to hear providers’ perspectives regarding the state’s communications grid, challenges, and future work relating to network resiliency, reliability, affordability, and consumer protection.

There will be an opportunity for public comments at the En Banc.

For more information, including a final agenda please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov/CDenbanc.

Source: CPUC Mailing List[lightly edited]

I am wondering if “satellite infrastructure” includes the introduction of LEO satellites capable of providing ubiquitous fiber quality broadband to rural users across California. I suspect that the CPUC is only thinking of HughesNet and Viasat, the only providers of rural broadband today.

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