Joe Tibiletti wrote:
>> I have testified before the Public Utility Commission of
>> Texas -- one of the last states to have this jurisdiction
>> placed in one organization under state control.
> What do you mean by "one organization"?
> If you're referring to an organization that regulates all (or almost
> all) utilities, Texas isn't the only state. Every state has some sort
> of utility regulatory agency (although they go by variety of names:
). Indeed, Texas is an oddball in this
> respect: the TPUC regulates all utilities except natural gas; the
> Texas Railroad Commission regulates natural gas; and the Texas DOT
> regulates railroads.
Joe is correct on his assertion that Texas was one of the last, if not the last, state to have a single regulatory body for telephone service (and some other public utilities).
Until the 1960s, telephone regulation in Texas fell under city jurisdictioin, and there had to be a separate rate case, and separate negotiations, with each city.
Wes Leatherock email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org