Media Advisories

3/18/2021
A Shout Out from the Public Service Commission to Natural Gas Utilities Workers

March 18, 2021 – ATLANTA – Natural gas is affordable, easy to use, much cleaner than coal, and abundant. From cooking supper on your gas stove to running a power plant that can generate enough electricity to light up a city, natural gas helps keep America running.

Today, March 18, is Natural Gas Utility Workers Day. The members of the Georgia Public Service Commission would like to salute all the gas utility workers who ensure natural gas is safely and efficiently transported to plants, homes and businesses across Georgia.

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12/15/2020
PSC Approves $1 Pole Attachment Fees to Spur Broadband in Unserved Areas

December 15, 2020 (ATLANTA) – The Georgia Public Service Commission approved a policy for broadband expansion pursuant to House Bill 244 today that requires Electric Membership Cooperatives to charge a simple $1-per-year fee for entities to attach utility service to poles in areas "unserved" by broadband. The $1 per year fee would be set for six years.

Commissioner Tricia Pridemore added a successful motion to set pole rates in areas currently served by broadband to $27.71 per pole per year. This represents an “at cost” fee to cover service and upkeep of the poles.

“Served” and “unserved” areas are determined by the Georgia Broadband Initiative map published by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

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12/2/2020
GEORGIA POWER CUSTOMERS IN NEWLY-CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL SOON DEFAULT TO “SMART USAGE” RATE PLAN

December 02, 2020 (ATLANTA) – A Georgia Power rate plan that caters to energy customers who monitor their usage will become the default rate for newly-constructed homes beginning January 1. This is the first time new sign-ups for Georgia Power will default to any rate other than the standard residential rate.

All Georgia homes built after January 1, 2021 will default to the “Smart Usage” plan when residents activate new accounts with Georgia Power. New-home customers can, however, opt out of the Smart Usage plan and choose any other eligible plan when they sign up for power. At the request of the Georgia Public Service Commission, Georgia Power will discuss the new-construction default with the state’s home building industry. Georgia Power is likewise launching an education campaign for consumers.

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10/28/2020
ATLANTA METRO AREA TO GET FIFTH AREA CODE

October 28, 2020 (ATLANTA) – With continued growth in Metro Atlanta, the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) notified the Georgia Public Service Commission that the 404, 770, 678, and 470 area codes will exhaust by the second quarter of 2023.

In its October 6, 2020 Administrative Session, the Georgia Public Service Commission approved an “overlay area code” for the Metro Atlanta area. The overlay maintains the existing 404, 770, 678, and 470 area codes and simply adds another area code.

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9/8/2020
PSC Adopts Procedural and Scheduling Order to Set Pole Attachment Fees Per House Bill 244

September 8, 2020 – (ATLANTA) – Under Georgia House Bill 244, the Georgia Public Service Commission will determine the rates, fees, terms, conditions and specifications in any pole attachment agreement entered into by a communications service provider and an electric membership corporation on and after July 1, 2021.

The Commission has now adopted rules prescribing the process for making this determination. The following link directs to the Procedural and Scheduling Order:

https://psc.ga.gov/search/facts-document/?documentId=182407

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