At last week’s Open Meeting, the Commission adopted a Report and Order that requires local telephone companies and cable operators offering residential voice services to make available eight-hours of standby backup power and, within three years, an option for 24-hours of standby backup power for replacement facilities.  Unlike copper lines, fiber and coax cable are not powered by central office-based electrical power.  Service providers have multiple options for offering back-up power solutions, almost all of which will be installed at the customers’ premises.  Additionally, providers must inform all customers about any service limitations during electric outages and steps to mitigate these risks.