Utilities / Telecom

CFC is a longtime advocate for affordable gas, electric, water and telephone services and a vigorous regulatory system that protects consumers. We regularly represent the rights of California consumers before the Public Utilities Commission – to protect our right to high-quality utility services at reasonable rates.

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CFC strongly supports the Shutoff Reduction Act (SB 598)

May 25, 2017

Utilities frequently use disconnection as a debt collection strategy when customers can’t pay their bills. The results are often a worsening of medical conditions, reduced household safety, and homelessness. SB 598 (Hueso) the Shutoff Reduction Act prohibits shutoffs to residents suffering life-threatening medical conditions. Our 5/22/17 letter…

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CFC seeks amendments to SB 71 to protect homeowners from solar scams

April 19, 2017

SB 71 (Wiener) will require the installation of solar electric or solar thermal systems on most new residential and commercial construction in California starting in 2018. CFC supports clean energy and wants solar to succeed, but holds deep concern for how the costs will be financed. We…

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CFC Applauds FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Broadband Privacy Proposal

October 6, 2016

The FCC Chairman’s proposal would prohibit Broadband Internet Access Service (BIAS) providers from sharing sensitive information without a consumer’s consent. The proposal also requires BIAS providers to inform consumers about what information they collect and with whom that information is shared.

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AB 2395: AT&T Wants To Disconnect Millions Of California Landlines

May 20, 2016

According to the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, about 16.5 million traditional copper land lines remain in service in California. AT&T’s bill would create a pathway for phone companies to abandon residential land lines in 2020, even in areas where an adequate alternative phone option does not…

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Consumer Federation Of California Releases 2015 Scorecard For State Lawmakers

December 10, 2015

The Consumer Federation of California (CFC) has released its 2015 Scorecard for State Legislators, which rates lawmakers on the votes they cast on key issues, including privacy, automobile safety, household toxics, truth in advertising, living wages, reform of the California Public Utilities Commission, and other consumer protection…

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2015 In Review: Recap Of State Consumer Legislation

December 9, 2015

In the 2015 legislative session, Consumer Federation of California (CFC) advocated for a range of consumer and privacy rights, including restrictions on unfair lending practices, protections against elder abuse, workers’ rights and the minimum wage, and reform of the California Public Utilities Commission. CFC also helped to…

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CFC’s 2015 Legislative Agenda: Fate Of 2-Year Bills Now Determined

October 2, 2015

Consumer Federation of California advocated for or against dozens of bills in the state Legislature this year. Click to read the results for several key pieces of legislation.

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