TITLE 16. ECONOMIC REGULATION

PART 2. PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF TEXAS

CHAPTER 26. SUBSTANTIVE RULES APPLICABLE TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE PROVIDERS

SUBCHAPTER P. TEXAS UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND

16 TAC §26.420

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (commission) adopts an amendment to §26.420, relating to administration of the Texas Universal Service Fund (TUSF) without changes to the proposed text as published in the July 14, 2017, issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 3533). The amendment will improve the administration of the TUSF by clarifying which providers have to pay TUSF assessments. This amendment is adopted under Project Number 46053.

The commission did not receive a request for a public hearing, therefore none was held.

The commission did not receive any comments on the proposed amendment.

This amendment is adopted under the Public Utility Regulatory Act, Tex. Util. Code Ann. §14.002 (PURA), which provides the commission with the authority to make and enforce rules reasonably required in the exercise of its powers and jurisdiction; and specifically, PURA §56.023 which requires the commission to adopt procedures to fund the TUSF.

Cross reference to statutes: PURA §14.002 and §56.023.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on October 18, 2017.

TRD-201704180

Adriana Gonzales

Rules Coordinator

Public Utility Commission of Texas

Effective date: November 7, 2017

Proposal publication date: July 14, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 936-7293