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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750

PUCO to host telephone network transition collaborative

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Nov. 4, 2015) – Today the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) announced the beginning of the Ohio Network Transition Collaborative. The PUCO will host the first meeting on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the PUCO offices.

“Access to reliable telecommunications services is important to ensure Ohio’s continued success,” said Chairman Andre T. Porter. “With the advancement of these technologies, Ohio is moving in the right direction.”

In June 2015, Governor John R. Kasich signed into law House Bill 64, which required the PUCO to establish a collaborative process to address the Internet-protocol transition. The collaborative process will include input from a variety of interested parties. The collaborative will evaluate the availability of comparable telecommunications services, identify possible vulnerable Ohioans and develop expectations for consumer education.

The PUCO is also seeking public comments regarding the Internet-protocol network transition. Please visit the PUCO website to provide comments, or click here. Ohioans who would prefer to send a letter may refer to the topic questions online and send a letter to PUCO, Telecom and Technology Section, 180 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

For more information, or to sign up for regular updates regarding the collaborative process please visit www.PUCO.ohio.gov.

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.

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