OCC: OCC In The Spotlight - Archive

OCC In The Spotlight - Archive




July 18, 2016 - Problem With Poles in Connecticut: Petitioning PURA For Precision - Muninetworks.org


June 24, 2016 - Utility Pole Rules Could Help High-Speed Internet Access - Courant.com


June 22, 2016 - Consumer counsel wants hearings on high-speed internet in Connecticut - New Haven Register

June 14, 2016 - Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules On Equal Internet Access - Hartford Courant 


June 14, 2016 - Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules On Equal Internet Access - Courant.com

May 4, 2016 - Connecticut Electric Rates Dropping To 'Near Historic Lows' - Courant.com

April 29, 2016 - Wired for the future: Somers works to be on cutting edge of telecommunications revolution  

April 29, 2016 - Frontier To Bring High-Speed Internet To Hartford's North End - Hartford Courant

April 4, 2016, Best Practices for PPP's (video-OCC starts at 15:00), Broadband Communities Summit, Austin, Texas.

March 29, 2016 - New England consumers may see $234 million in refunds after a federal ruling over electricity prices - MassLive.com

March 29, 2016 - State Urged To Seek Cheaper, Faster, Better Broadband To Bolster Economy, CT News Junkie, 

March 23, 2016 - High-Speed Broadband Internet Infrastructure Informational Conference: A Toolbox for Municipalities - CT-N broadcast of OCC Broadband Conference

March 22, 2016 - Consumer Counsel Releases Report On High-Speed Internet Opportunities In Connecticut;
3/23 Connecticut Broadband Conference Will Guide Next Steps

March 14, 2016 - State Has Role In Boosting Affordable, High-Speed Internet Access, Katz, Hartford Business Journal.

February 26, 2016 - Connecticut High-Speed Internet: Public or Private Utility? WNPR, Where We Live

January 25, 2016 –  Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz today released a report entitled, A Brief Overview of Broadband Deficiencies in Connecticut detailing challenges faced by Connecticut businesses, hospitals, community service providers, and residents in obtaining adequate, reliable, and reasonably priced broadband services.

January 24, 2016 - Newstimes: Advocates Say High-Speed Internet Key to Attracting Businesses. “Biz's in CT lack affordable broadband-we need to get them what they need.” @elinkatz”

Hartford Courant
December 1, 2015 - CSBO presents to Manchester Brd discussing the plan being prepared to support the CTgig Project. Video starts at 1hr, 16 mins- http://ow.ly/VqK56

November 16, 2015- FTTH Council /RVA, LLC poll results= over 50% of North American's 1,000 FTTH providers expect to be offering a Gigabit by 2020; fiber deployments in the United States grew 13 percent in 2015.  

October 4, 2015 - Digital Divide: Northwest hills of Connecticut struggle to gain broadband access.  By Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer. 
The Register Citizen, http://www.ow.ly/T1Cfu; Hartford Courant, B1
While incumbent telephone and cable providers do not see a business case for investing in the rural areas of the state, local officials and residents say limited cellphone and high-speed Internet access stall business growth and undermine schools that depend on the web.
“It’s difficult to attract people to that kind of a landscape,” said state Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz.  State Rep. Roberta Willis, D-Salisbury, accuses telecommunications companies of failing to do enough to build broadband networks. She said, “If electricity companies were deregulated like this there would be no electricity in my district.

September 30, 2015 - Connecticut’s ban on variable electric rates starts Thursday - New Haven Register
August 15, 2015  - New Haven Register: Connecticut officials push for super speedy Internet, but should it be left to private sector?  http://goo.gl/nyiBER   Consumer Counsel Katz said, "luring high technology companies has been a focus of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration in order to promote long-term employment growth."  

Office of Consumer Counsel & City of New Haven Forum:
                                 Moving Toward a Gigabit State

CT-N Video :  Most viewers find Internet Explorer works best . . .      
               Then,  "Watch Now"  and click on  "To Watch This Video in Windows Media Format"
Moving Toward a Gigabit State Agenda    (with timings for speakers on CT-N video)  
    Speaker presentations:

August 15, 2015  - New Haven Register: Connecticut officials push for super speedy Internet, but should it be left to private sector?  http://goo.gl/nyiBER   Consumer Counsel Katz said, "luring high technology companies has been a focus of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration in order to promote long-term employment growth. It is essential to have widely available access to ultra high speed Internet in order to attract those companies."

Broadband Communities Magazine, Economic Development - Gigabits Across Connecticut
By Bill Vallée, Connecticut Broadband Policy Coordinator, OCC is leading a public-private project to help CT municipalities create gigbit networks.
Digital Issue http://ow.ly/KuBiW ;
June 23, 2015 - Malloy bans variable electricity rates - Hartford Business Journal
May 27, 2015 - CT Mirror Google Hangout chat with Consumer Counsel, AARP, and Acadia Center on variable electric rates and electric rate cap - http://ctmirror.org/2015/05/27/ct-mirroraarp-google-hangout-fixed-rate-cap-on-electric-rates/
May 3, 2015 TheDay: Op-Ed by Telecom Attorney Glenn Carberry of Norwich
Bureaucracy, outdated regulations challenge broadband ‘railroad’

The author's experience in telecom explains that a broadband railroad is unlikely to be built throughout Connecticut anytime soon. The Central Pacific Railroad laid 10 miles of track in a single record day in 1869. By comparison, it can still take up to 90 days for a 21st century company to install broadband fiber on 8 to 10 existing poles to serve a single customer.
May 4, 2015 - State, telecom industry clash over gigabit network expansion - Hartford Business Journal

April 28, 2015 - OUR VIEW: Action on energy: Needed now! - Bristol Press

Hartford Business Journal April 20, 2015 - NYTimes Editorial, “Look to the States on Broadband” - Faster Internet speeds are becoming a necessity, and governments are trying to push for improvements. http://nyti.ms/1Oxowiv
              “In Connecticut, the Office of Consumer Counsel, which represents residents in utility rate cases, is working with cities like New Haven, West Hartford and Stamford to develop a project called CTGig. Officials say local governments will contract with a private business to build and operate a fiber-optic network. The private company will invest its own money and make a profit by allowing other businesses to use the network to sell Internet service to users.”
The Times Editorial cites to Broadband Communities Magazine article: http://ow.ly/LQrSJ

April 7, 2015 - https://twitter.com/scrawford - At Least One State has a (Fiber) Backbone.  Who’s on track to get citizens high-speed Internet?  Hint: it’s the only state with the word “connect” in its name. medium.com/backchannel  http://ow.ly/Lil6N

March 26, 2015 - Some customers say, they're 'legally robbed' by deregulated power - Al Jazeera America http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2015/3/26/deregulated-electricity-fraud.html

March 13, 2015 - Our View: Banning variable electricity rates is necessary - The Bulletin

March 2, 2015 - FCC Backs State's Ultra High-Speed Internet - Harford Courant - OP-ED By: Consumer Counsel, Elin Swanson Katz

February 24, 2015 - Lawmakers Seek To Ban Variable Rate Electricity Contracts - CT News Junkie

January 15, 2015 - AG, OCC, Legislators Welcome PURA Draft Decision on Electric Bill Disclosures, Ban on Daily and Weekly Variable Rates
 -  Connecticut Attorney General Press Release

November 20, 2014 - Elin Swanson Katz Interview with CT Valley Views

October 27, 2014 - Consumer Office Says CL&P Consultant Dishonest In Rate Case -  http://www.courant.com/business/hc-connecticut-light-power-rate-case-motion-20141027-story.html

September 29, 2014 - State must invest in ultra-high-speed Internet - Hartford Business Journal

September 15, 2014 - New Haven leading charge for ultra high-speed Internet access in Connecticut - New Haven Register

September 15, 2014 - State Leaders Look to Improve Internet Service Reliability - NBC30.com

September 15, 2014 - Connecticut Cities Looking For Ultra-High Speed Internet Service - Courant.com

September 15, 2014 - CL&P has most reliable year in 2013 - Hartford Business Journal 
September 8, 2014 - Super speed Gigabit networks: Connecticut's powerful new economic weapon - Hartford Business Journal
August 13, 2014 - Sen. Blumenthal targets cellphone cramming - New Britain Herald
August 12, 2014 - Frontier promises $63M in CT infrastructure investments - HartfordBusiness.com 
July 17, 2014 - Connecticut Among Most Energy-Expensive States - Hartford Courant
May 28, 2014 - Troubleshooters Third Party Power - NBC CT

May 6, 2014 - House Pulls Plug on Shocking Electricity Bills, Misleading Ads - courant.com article

May 1, 2014 - State Senate Measure Could Change the Face of Electric Bills - wnpr.org article and radio spot

May 1, 2014 - Will Connecticut Be the Next Gig City? - wnpr.org article and radio spot

April 8, 2014 - "CT Electric Choices and You" - The Connecticut Mirror's first Digital Town Hall Event

April 1, 2014 - Malloy Proposes 8-Point Plan for Electric Suppliers - NBC CT article

April 1, 2014 - Governor, Lawmakers, Want to Create "Electric Bill of Rights" to Protect Consumers - ctnews blog article

March 27, 2014 - Water Utility Funnels $29 Million Settlement To Customers - CT Law Tribune article

March 19, 2014 - Aquarion Clients to Get $29M in Rate Credits - ctpost.com article

March 18, 2014 - How Much Are Electric Suppliers Charging? - nbc30.com segment

March 14, 2014 - State Authorities Besieged With Complaints About Power Suppliers - wnpr.org article

March 13, 2014 - Consumers in 'Competitive' Electricity Market Overpay $13.7M Each Month" - courant.com article

March 12, 2014 - Energy Forum Offers Tips to East Hartford Residents - ReminderNews.com article

March 7, 2014 - Connecticut Consumers Warned of Electric Supplier Scam - www.theday.com article

March 4, 2014 - Connecticut Residents Get Burned by Soaring Electric Bills - www.consumereagle.com article

March 4, 2014 - PURA Press Release: New Area Code coming to Connecticut in 2014

February 20, 2014 - State Looks Into the Honesty Of Electric Carriers - wfsb.com segment

February 20, 2014 - Consumers Give PURA Commissioner An Earful About Ballooning Rates From Supplier in New Exchange -ctnewsjunkie.com article

February 19, 2014 - PURA Investigates Third-Party Power Suppliers - NBC 30 Segment

February 5, 2014 - Regulators Seek Public Comment on Third-Party Power Suppliers - courant.com article

January 24, 2014 - PURA Approves $6.5 Million Rate Increase for CNG

January 17, 2014 - State Warns Consumers of Electricity Price Spikes - wfsb.com article

January 17, 2014 - Paying Too Much for Electricity? - wtnh.com article and news clip

January 16, 2014 - Electric Rates Doubling for Some Customers - nbcconnecticut.com article and news clip

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