For two decades TCCFUI has consistently stepped up to fill the void whenever Texas cities needed representation regarding utility issues — either to support other city organizations, or often, when necessary, standing alone. TCCFUI does not duplicate the services provided by any other city organization; rather, again and again, TCCFUI is the organization of last resort when no other organization is available to protect cities interests.
Seminars & Workshops
TCCFUI offers seminars and workshops to members when significant utility issues arise. TCCFUI is committed to keeping its members informed with one-day workshops and comprehensive seminars. In addition, presentations are offered free to members at Board Meetings.
Through its extensive automated email system, TCCFUI provides timely information to its members regarding state and federal utility regulations, and laws, as they are being developed. When necessary, TCCFUI will take any needed action immediately to protect cities’ interests, and keep members informed of the progress.
Telecom & Cable
FCC Rulemaking and Issues
TCCFUI actively monitors the Federal Communications Commission and opposes FCC efforts to restrict city franchising rights or limit the use of PEG fees paid by cable providers. TCCFUI files written comments at the FCC to protect and maintain city prerogatives and revenue streams. TCCFUI challenged the FCC’s attempt to pre-empt local zoning authority on wireless antenna siting.
TCCFUI is active in monitoring and commenting on various pieces of federal legislation as they affect cities’ rights to receive proper franchise fees, rights-of-way fees, and regulatory authority over electric, telecommunications, and cable providers. It is expected that future issues will include utility, public safety and internet tax issues which will affect cities. This is done in coordination with other national organizations.
TCCFUI has been actively involved in monitoring and filing comments when appropriate, in various Public Utility Commission of Texas proceedings as they interpret either SB5 or Chapter 283 concerning telecommunication access line fees. Should this activity increase, TCCFUI will be active in providing information to both the legislature and to the Public Utility Commission on these issues.
Participation in National Telecom Initiatives
TCCFUI has provided technical assistance in delivering city messages on telecommunications issues to Members of Congress and the Federal Communications Commission. TCCFUI delivers breaking news on what is happening in Congress and at the FCC on a real-time basis to member cities. TCCFUI will continue its participation at this level to ensure that Texas cities’ interests are represented.
Electric, Gas & Water Issues
Working in concert with other organizations, TCCFUI has been actively involved in matters related to Electric Resource Advocacy, Reserve Margin and Electric Emergency Response. TCCFUI follows water utility issues and electricity issues at the Public Utility Commission of Texas and gas utility issues at the Railroad Commission of Texas. TCCFUI has been involved in litigation pertaining to a city’s right to exercise control over its public right of way.
TCCFUI has been actively involved in every legislative session since 1997. During the 2015 Texas legislative session, TCCFUI worked to defeat industry sponsored bills that would have negatively impacted cities’ interests. TCCFUI provided testimony and comments on bills and statements as to the impact of proposed legislation on municipal interests. It is anticipated that the utility industry will renew this assault on cities and rate payers in the 2017 Texas legislative session.