2019 Legislative Session

Below find presentations and summaries of Public Advocates Office position letters on 2019 California legislation, organized by Assembly and Senate bills across Energy, Water, and Communications regulation.  

 

Communications

 

AB183 (Wood)Public Advocates Office Letter

This bill helps state officials share important information on how telecommunications service providers are restoring service following a natural disaster to ensure that Californians continue to have access to essential communication services.

 

AB497 (Santiago)Public Advocates Office Letter

This bill ensures that deaf and disabled Californians continue to have access to essential specialized equipment and services to access telecommunications services in order to participate in a broad spectrum of social and economic activities.

SB208 (Hueso)  – Public Advocates Office Letter

This bill addresses the practice of “spoofing,” where callers falsify their caller ID information to disguise the caller’s identity.  Spoofing is increasingly employed by bad actors to disguise their identity to make it more likely that a called person will pick up the phone and potentially fall for their scam.

 

SB670 (McGuire)  – Public Advocates Office Letter

This bill helps protect the safety of Californians in emergency situations by requiring telecommunication service providers to notify the Office of Emergency Services (OES) within 60 minutes of discovering they have a service outage that impact customers’ access to 911 service. 


AB523 (Irwin) Public Advocates Office Letter

This bill strengthens privacy protections for wireless telephone customers by requiring wireless carriers to obtain written consent from their customers before they share or sell a customer’s real-time location information to other individuals or businesses.

 

AB1366 (Gonzalez ) Public Advocates Office Letter

This bill will extend the prohibition of the California Public Utilities Commission’s ability to regulate Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2030.

 

AB 1699 (Levine)Public Advocates Office Letter

This bill prohibits telecommunication service providers, including providers of voice, mobile, satellite, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services from throttling or intentionally reducing Internet service speeds for public safety responders during a state of emergency.

 

AB 1751 (Chiu) Public Advocates Office Letter

This bill expedites the approval of small water acquisitions by larger water utilities and would only allow the CPUC a one-time extension of time to issue a final decision.


SB603 (Borgeas)  Public Advocates Office Letter

This bill requires the California High Cost Fund – A, paid for by all voice communication customers statewide, to: 1) subsidize the legal and rate case expenses of participating small telephone companies, 2) place a 12-month time limit on the CPUC to process General Rate Case (GRC) applications and 3) allow GRC requests to be filed via an informal procedure with a 10-month time limit for the CPUC to process.