Background: On May 14, 2002, SDG&E filed Advice Letter 1407-E/1313-G requesting CPUC authorization for increases in the franchise fees payable to the City and the use of those increased fees for the Underground Utility Program. The CPUC approved the advice letter in Resolution E-3788, issued in December, 2002.
Recognizing such a large increase in the size of the Underground Utilities Program would surely have a significant impact on other utilities, the City reached agreements with some of the affected utilities to secure their participation. Unfortunately, at that time, the City and SBC (now known as AT&T) were unable to reach an agreement before Resolution E-3788 was approved by the CPUC.
In late 2004, the City and AT&T reached a settlement agreement (PDF) that would result in AT&T's participation in the program pursuant to the process adopted by Resolution E-3788. Specifically, AT&T was to file the instant application for approval of a mechanism to permit AT&T to recover its costs of participating in the program, with those costs being charged solely to San Diego residents.
On December 14, 2006 the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the AT&T application that was filed in March 2005 in decision D061-2039.
In accordance with the settlement agreement, AT&T will complete projects according to the AT&T Catchup Project Schedule (PDF), which will commence six months following the approval of the application.