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 - OCC Press Release

January 8, 2016 - Effective January 1, 2016, charges for electric generation service provided as part of standard service by United Illuminating and Eversource (fka CL&P) increased.  Numerous other bill components also changed with the New Year.  Attached are the new tariff sheets for UI’s and Eversource’s most common residential rate and an article describing a summary of the rate changes for each electric distribution company.

January 8, 2016 - Fiber networks are a low risk investment for long-term investors, like those of toll roads and bridges. @scrawford Great shout out for CT's Single Pole Administrator concept!

December 29, 2015 - PURA issued a final decision accepting, with minor revisions, a settlement agreement negotiated by the OCC and Iberdrola for the purchase of United Illuminating, CT Natural Gas Corporation, and Southern Connecticut Gas. The Settlement resulted in significant economic benefits to customers.

   OCC In The Spotlight

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“Business's in CT lack affordable broadband-we need to get them what they need.” @elinkatz”
Hartford Courant
December 1, 2015 - CSBO's Vallee presented CTgig Powerpoint to Manchester Brd of Directors discussing the plan being prepared to support the CTgig Project. Video starts at 1hr, 16 mins-

October 4, 2015 - Digital Divide: Northwest hills of Connecticut struggle to gain broadband access.  By Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer. 
The Register Citizen,; Hartford Courant, B1
September 30, 2015 - Connecticut’s ban on variable electric rates starts Thursday - New Haven Register
September 24, 2015 - Consumer Protection in the Broadband Era: The Role of the FCC.  Gigi Sohn, Counselor to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, was in Providence, Rhode Island to deliver a speech in which she noted that the FCC will continue to work together with state agencies like the OCC and the CT State Broadband Office to promote the public good.