PUC Schedules Public Input Hearings in Case Involving Service and Outage Complaints Against Frontier Communications
Published on 5/3/2023
Filed under: Telecommunications
In-Person Public Hearings Will Be Held in Early June in Tioga, Bradford and Wyoming Counties; Consumers Encouraged to Pre-Register for Hearings
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today announced a series of early-June hearings to gather public input in a case involving complaints about telephone and/or internet services provided by Commonwealth Telephone Company, LLC, doing business as Frontier Communications Commonwealth Telephone Company (Frontier).
Public Input Hearings
The in-person public input hearings for the Frontier complaint case will be held at the following locations:
Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Wellsboro Fireman’s Annex, 21 East Avenue, Wellsboro, PA 16901
The Wellsboro hearing begins at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Towanda Fire Department, 101 Elm Street, Towanda, PA 18848
The first Towanda hearing will begin at 2 p.m.
The second Towanda hearing will begin at 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 8, 2023
Triton Hose Company, 116 W Tioga Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657
The Tunkhannock hearing will begin at 2 p.m.
Administrative Law Judges Steven K. Haas and John M. Coogan will preside over the hearings.
Signing Up for the Public Input Hearings
If you wish to testify at the in-person public input hearings, you are encouraged to pre-register with the Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA) prior to the date of your hearing. Those who pre-register and provide the information listed below will be called to testify at the hearing in the order in which they pre-register.
To pre-register, please contact the OCA by phone at 800-684-6560 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide:
- Your first and last name.
- The date and time of the public input hearing at which you wish to testify.
- A phone number where you can be reached prior to the hearing if it is necessary to contact you.
- Your email address if you have one.
- If you require an interpreter to participate in the hearing, the language of the interpreter.
Requests for Interpreters
If you require an interpreter, please pre-register as soon as possible. If you register too close to the hearing date, there may not be enough time to arrange for an interpreter. If you request an interpreter, we will make every reasonable effort to have one present.
If you have any hearing exhibits to which you will refer during the hearing, you are encouraged to email them to the OCA at email@example.com. The OCA will forward the exhibits to the judges and all parties.
If you have any questions, please contact the OCA toll-free at 800-684-6560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frontier Complaint Case
In January 2023 the OCA and Pennsylvania Office of Small Business Advocate (OSBA) filed a joint formal complaint against Frontier, following informal written complaints from several hundred consumers.
The complaints noted by OCA and OSBA in the joint complaint filed with the PUC raise concerns about current and persistent service issues in Frontier’s service territory, including extended and recurring outages, line noise and other quality of service issues, difficulty reaching consumer services representatives, and difficulty obtaining a satisfactory response to their outages and other service complaints.
Offering Testimony at a Public Input Hearing
The PUC offers tips on how to participate in a public input hearing, including:
- Prepare what you are going to say beforehand. Even though it is not required, you may want to write out your statement, which can be read.
- Any formal testimony that is offered during the hearing will become part of the record on which the PUC will issue its final decision.
- Understand that parties in the case may want to ask you a question to clarify something you said.
About the PUC
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Docket No.: C-2023-3037574