WSR 14-09-087
[Docket U-140621Filed April 22, 2014, 8:44 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The Washington utilities and transportation commission (commission) commences this inquiry to consider adoption of rules to implement chapter 80.54 RCW, relating to attachments to transmission facilities.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 80.01.040, 80.04.160, 80.54.020, and 80.54.060.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Federal law requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate attachments to utility poles unless a state certifies that it regulates such attachments. The Washington legislature elected to assert jurisdiction over attachment to transmission facilities by enacting chapter 80.54 RCW. The statute authorizes the commission "to regulate in the public interest the rates, terms, and conditions for attachments by licensees or utilities," and requires the commission to adopt implementing rules, regulations, and procedures.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; and the commission will ask for initial written comments, schedule one or more workshops, and will provide additional written comments on draft rules and proposed CR-102 prior to adoption.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested persons may file comments with the Executive Director and Secretary, Utilities and Transportation Commission, P.O. Box 47250, 1300 South Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98504-7250, phone (360) 664-1174, fax (360) 586-1150, e-mail, or through the commission's web portal at by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 30, 2014.
WRITTEN COMMENTS AND STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP: The commission has scheduled a stakeholder workshop in this rule making for Monday, July 28, 2014, beginning at 9:30 a.m., in the Commission's Hearing Room, Richard Hemstad Building, 1300 South Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA. Written comments may be submitted to the commission at the address given above and should be filed with the commission no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 30, 2014, for consideration at the July 28, 2014, stakeholder workshop.
Electronic copies. The commission requests that comments be provided in electronic format to enhance public access, for ease of providing comments, to reduce the need for paper copies, and to facilitate quotations from the comments. Comments may be submitted via the commission's web portal at or by electronic mail to the commission's records center at Please include:
The docket number of this proceeding (U-140621).
The commenting party's name.
The title and date of the comment or comments.
An alternative method for submitting comments may be by mailing/delivering an electronic copy on a flash drive, compact disk, or 3 1/2 inch, IBM-formatted, high-density disk, in .pdf Adobe Acrobat format or in Word 97 or later. Include all of the information requested above. The commission will post on the commission's web site all comments that are provided in electronic format. The web site is located at If you are unable to file your comments electronically or to submit them on a disk, the commission will always accept a paper document.
Opportunity for further comment is anticipated. Information about the schedule and other aspects of the rule making, including comments, will be posted on the commission's web site as it becomes available. If you wish to receive further information on this rule making you may (1) call the commission's records center at (360) 664-1234, (2) e-mail the commission at <>, or (3) mail written comments to the address above to the attention of Steven V. King, executive director and secretary. When contacting the commission, please refer to Docket U-140621 to ensure that you are placed on the appropriate service list. Questions may be addressed to Gregory J. Kopta, (360) 664-1355 or e-mail
TO CONTINUE RECEIVING NOTICES AND INFORMATION ABOUT THIS RULE MAKING - The commission wants to ensure its mailings are sent to persons who are interested in the topic and want to receive that information. ANY PERSON WHO COMMENTS will continue to receive notices and information. If you do not submit comments but wish to remain on the mailing list for this rule making, please advise the records center by any one of the following methods: (1) Send a note with your name, address (or a copy of your mailing label), and phone and fax numbers referencing Docket U-140621, and the words "Please keep me on the mailing list"; or (2) e-mail your name, address, phone and fax numbers, referencing Docket U-140621, and the words "Please keep me on the mailing list" to <>. Please note that all information in the mailings will be accessible through the commission's internet web site at <>. THOSE INTERESTED PERSONS WHO DO NOT RESPOND MAY NOT RECEIVE FURTHER MAILINGS OR INFORMATION ON THE RULE MAKING.
April 22, 2014
Steven V. King
Executive Director
and Secretary