tariff inflation increases regulatory obligations

Publicly filed tariffs have been an important element of federal economic regulation in the U.S. since the formation of the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1887.   U.S. local exchange telephone companies currently file federal tariffs for their interstate access services.   These tariffs are publicly available through the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s Electronic Tariff Filing System (ETFS). … Continue reading tariff inflation increases regulatory obligations

public utility tariffs in an online, semantic web

Public utility tariffs are typically established through a formal administrative process that legally certifies rates (prices) and makes them public.  Hence, these prices differ significantly from commercial prices established without any specific public administrative process.   The difference between public utility tariffs and commercially established prices is under-appreciated.[1]  The web and technologies for semantic mark-up can … Continue reading public utility tariffs in an online, semantic web

communications bill auditing and consulting

Analysis of actual prices paid for communications services is likely to be more valuable to consumers than surveys of advertised offerings and prices.  Rapidly increasing number and variety of offerings and prices makes price surveys more difficult and less useful.  Historically, a small industry of communications service consultants has provided bill auditing and service-choice consulting … Continue reading communications bill auditing and consulting