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Evidentiary Hearing
Complaint of Blue Ridge EMC Versus Charter Communications Properties, LLC
(Docket No. EC-23 Sub 50)
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
Commission Hearing Room 2115, Dobbs Building
430 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh

On November 30, 2016, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation (Blue Ridge EMC) petitioned the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to initiate a proceeding in order to resolve a dispute with Charter Communications Properties, LLC (Charter).

Blue Ridge EMC provides electric service to about 73,700 consumers in, Alexander, Alleghany, Ash, Avery, Caldwell, Watauga, and Wilks Counties.  Charter provides cable telecommunications service in North Carolina and uses the utility poles owned by Blue Ridge EMC to provide that service.

Under North Carolina law, if an EMC and a communications service provider cannot agree on the rates, terms and conditions for communications-related pole attachments, the NCUC is to adjudicate the dispute. Blue Ridge EMC stated in its petition that it had reached an impasse in its efforts to negotiate a new pole attachment license agreement with Charter.

The complaint in this docket is one of a series of complaints filed before the Commission in 2016 pursuant to authority that the General Assembly granted to the Commission in 2015. As such, these dockets present questions of first impression for the Commission to consider and decide.

This hearing is for the purpose of receiving expert witness testimony from the parties. There will be no opportunity for public witness testimony; however, members of the public are welcome to observe the proceeding. To see all of the documents in this proceeding, click here.






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