Our first two posts regarding SB 1161 provided a brief summary of the regulatory background and history relating to regulation of VoIP and other IP-enabled services by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). As readers will recall, the CPUC has yet to determine whether VoIP services are “telephone corporations” subject to its jurisdiction, but we believe the Public Utilities Code could be construed to permit regulation of VoIP and have noted that the CPUC currently regulates, as a matter of course, providers of other types of IP-enabled services. In addition, while the FCC has preempted state regulation of some forms of VoIP, it appears that fixed (non-nomadic) intrastate VoIP service may be susceptible to state regulation. Continue reading “What will be the likely impacts of SB 1161?”

Goodin MacBride has represented the Wild Goose Storage project since its inception and helped obtain its original certificate of public convenience and necessity from the California Public Utilities Commission in 1997. Wild Goose operates its storage field in Butte County, California, and stores gas for major industrial and electric generation customers, as well as gas marketers. On December 2, 2010, the CPUC granted Wild Goose authority to construct a second major expansion of the project, which will increase its overall inventory capacity to 50 billion cubic feet of natural gas, and increase its maximum withdrawal capacity to over 1 billion cubic feet per day. Continue reading “Goodin MacBride Client Wild Goose Storage succeeds in Obtaining Approval for its Second Major Expansion”