Idaho Public Utilities Commission

Case No. TIM-T-08-01, Order No. 31043

June 3, 2010

Contact: Gene Fadness (208) 334-0339, 890-2712

www.puc.idaho.gov

 

PUC to conduct hearing regarding Time Warner application

 

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission will conduct a hearing on June 10 regarding a petition by Time Warner Cable Information Services for a certificate to provide local and long-distance telecommunication services in Idaho.

 

In late February, the commission denied Time Warner’s petition, but the company has petitioned for reconsideration. Due to the “relative complexity” of the issues involved, the commission said it “must conduct a more thorough review” of the application.

 

Incumbent local exchange telecommunications providers (such as Verizon and Qwest) and competitors that provide telecommunications services using the facilities of incumbent providers must obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to provide residential exchange service to end users. Time Warner seeks to offer retail and wholesale interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services to commercial customers in Idaho using primarily the facilities owned by its cable affiliate. The company’s application states it plans to enter into interconnection agreements with Verizon and Qwest.

 

Commission staff said the certificate should be denied because the company is a wholesale provider that offers services to other telecommunications companies, not to the public or end-users.  Staff maintains Time Warner does not need a certificate to provide competitive wholesale service in Idaho.

 

Time Warner asserts that existing providers won’t interconnect with Time Warner without a certificate. Further, Time Warner alleges that without a certificate it won’t be assigned telephone numbers and connections with E-911 emergency service. Time Warner says the commission is discouraging competition if it does not grant the certificate.

 

The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, June 10, in the commission hearing room, 472 W. Washington St. in Boise. Documents related to this case, including Time Warner’s application and supporting testimony as well as staff testimony, are available on the commission’s Web site at www.puc.idaho.gov. Click on the “File Room” and then on “Telecommunications Cases,” and scroll down to Case No. TIM-T-08-01.