SB 857

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Jan 19, 2022
  • Senate
  • Assembly
  • Governor

Telecommunications: universal service programs.


Existing law authorizes the Public Utilities Commission to supervise and regulate every public utility in the state, including telephone corporations, and to fix just and reasonable rates and charges for public utilities. Existing law establishes the state's 6 universal service funds in the State Treasury, including the California High-Cost Fund-A Administrative Committee Fund and the California High-Cost Fund-B Administrative Committee Fund, and provides that moneys in each of the state's universal service funds are the proceeds of rates and are held in trust for the benefit of ratepayers and to compensate telephone corporations for their costs of providing universal service. Moneys in the funds may only be expended to accomplish specified telecommunications universal service programs, upon appropriation in the annual Budget Act or upon supplemental appropriation. Existing law, until January 1, 2023, requires the commission to develop, implement, and maintain a suitable program to establish a fair and equitable local rate structure aided by universal service rate support to small independent telephone corporations that serve rural areas and are subject to rate-of-return regulation by the commission (the CHCF-A program) . Existing law, until January 1, 2023, requires the commission to develop, implement, and maintain a suitable, competitively neutral, and broad-based program to establish a fair and equitable local rate support structure aided by universal service rate support to telephone corporations serving areas where the cost of providing services exceeds rates charged by providers, as determined by the commission (the CHCF-B program) . This bill would extend the CHCF-A program and CHCF-B program requirements to January 1, 2028. Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or an order or direction of the commission is a crime. Because the CHCF-A program and CHCF-B program, that are extended under the provisions of this bill, are within the act and a decision or order of the commission implements the programs' requirements, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program by expanding the definition of a crime. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Bill Sponsors (13)



May 13, 2022


Set for hearing May 19.

Apr 04, 2022


April 4 hearing: Placed on APPR suspense file.

Mar 25, 2022


Set for hearing April 4.

Mar 21, 2022


Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Mar 17, 2022


From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 12. Noes 0. Page 3094.) (March 14).

Mar 04, 2022


Set for hearing March 14.

Feb 07, 2022


Joint Rule 55 suspended. (Ayes 31. Noes 6. Page 2880.)


(Ayes 31. Noes 6.)


Art. IV. Sec. 8(a) of the Constitution dispensed with.

Jan 26, 2022


Referred to Com. on E., U. & C.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on E., U. & C.

Jan 20, 2022


From printer. May be acted upon on or after February 19.

Jan 19, 2022


Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
01/19/22 - Introduced PDF
03/21/22 - Amended Senate PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
03/11/22- Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications PDF
03/31/22- Senate Appropriations PDF


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