Policymakers should ensure affordable and reliable access to essential communications and utility services for all.
Policymakers should ensure that universal service funds are calculated fairly and distributed equitably.
Policymakers should establish a definition of “universal service” for the energy industry that is similar to the one in the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Regulators and lawmakers should ensure that consumers with low incomes can afford their utilities. This includes telecommunications, energy, and water.
Policymakers should ensure that customers’ personal data are secured against unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.
Privacy disclosures for utility services should be transparent and understandable.
Federal and state policymakers should establish independent utility consumer advocate offices.