He has worked since 1992 for over 200 cities and counties on municipal utility contract and franchise related matters related to telecommunications, cable, electric, and natural gas utilities. He has worked for cities and counties as an independent consultant, including reviews of franchise and PEG fees and sales taxes, as well as litigation support as an expert witness.
Mr. Ashpaugh has reviewed and recalculated franchise fees paid to the local authorities and performed detailed financial analyses related to franchise renewals and transfers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. He has assisted in the filing of comments with the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC").
His firm, Ashpaugh & Sculco, CPAs, PLC (“A&S”), provides a broad spectrum of rate, financial and management services, with special emphasis on franchise and franchise-related issues including assistance in cable television, telephone, and telecommunications franchise fee and regulatory matters. A&S has completed over 100 cable franchise and PEG fee projects.
Allixa Consulting, Inc., formed in 2015, provides consulting services on a contingent basis for clients who cannot afford or do not have the ability or desire for a time and materials contract.