New CPUC President Sees Key Broadband Role

Alice Reynolds

“Broadband is an essential service and is not yet accessible to all Californians,” saidnew California Public Utilities Commission President Alice Reynolds at her first CPUC meeting Thursday. Reynolds, who replaced now-retired Marybel Batjer (see2112160064), is “very excited” about recently announced state and federal funding,“and the commission has an important role going forward to help communities both rural and urban that have been left behind for too long,” she said virtually. “We must work with local and tribal governments, consumer advocates and the public to build networks that provide modern, affordable and reliable broadband service that is future-proof, lasting for decades to come.” Reynolds showed “she is committed to continue the groundbreaking work being undertaken in California to extend high quality, affordable and reliable broadband to everyone in our state,” emailed Regina Costa, The Utility Reform Network telecom director: “We are very pleased that she values the collaboration with consumer advocates, Tribes, the public and local governments.” Also At the meeting, CPUC commissioners voted 4-0 to adopt a consent agenda including a proposed resolution (T-17758) to adopt $34.6 million in California High Cost Fund-A support for 2022. The funding goes to CalTel and nine other small LECs. The CPUC isdown to four commissioners because former member Martha Guzman Aceves left to become administrator of EPA Region 9.

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