Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC EBB Program Exceeds 4 Million Households, Broadband Bills Take Effect in Washington State
FCC EBB Program Exceeds 4 Million Households
Over four million households have enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, according to the FCC, served by approximately 1100 broadband providers. The $3.2 billion subsidy program provides a temporary $50 to $75 discount on eligible households’ internet bills during the duration of the pandemic.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Grants C-Band Licenses, FCC to Host FAQ Seminar for the Emergency Connectivity Fund
FCC Grants C-Band Licenses
The FCC announced the grant of 5,676 licenses in the 3.7 GHz service (3.7 to 3.98 GHz), also known as the C-band following completion of Auction 107 earlier this year. “These mid-band licenses are the sweet spot for 5G deployment,” explained FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “That’s because they have the right mix of capacity and propagation that will help us reach more people in more places faster. With these licenses in hand, more carriers can deploy mid-band 5G, which means faster speeds over much wider coverage areas and more robust competition.”
Today’s Regulatory Mix: Kentucky PSC Hearing on Proposed Pole Attachment Rules July 29, White House Urges Infrastructure Training
Kentucky PSC Hearing on Proposed Pole Attachment Rules July 29
Earlier this year, HB 320 was signed into law, requiring the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to pass administrative regulations about pole attachments under its jurisdiction, including those necessary for the provision of broadband.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: California Legislation Would Revamp Lifeline Program, FCC Commissioner Carr Praises FAIR Contributions Act California Legislation Would Revamp Lifeline Program The Senate Committee on Appropriations meets Aug. 16 to vote on a bill that would require the California Public Utilities Commission (Commission), before March 1, 2022, to update its LifeLine program rules and modify the recertification process so that it “minimizes barriers to LifeLine subscriber recertification and reduces the
Today’s Regulatory Mix: Broadband Data Task Force Announces August Webinar, FAIR Act Would Explore Big Tech USF Contributions
Broadband Data Task Force Announces August Webinar
The FCC’s Broadband Data Task Force (Task Force) announced it will host a virtual webinar on Thursday, August 12, 2021, starting at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will provide information about the proposed technical requirements for the mobile challenge, verification, and crowdsourcing processes required under the Broadband DATA Act. The webinar will be streamed live at www.fcc.gov/live. During the webinar, staff will be available to answer participant questions.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Seeks Traceback Information on Robocall Efforts, FCC Partners on Wireless Emergency Alerts Test FCC Seeks Traceback Information on Robocall Efforts The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau is asking voice service providers and the USTelecom’s Industry Traceback Group to submit information for the commission’s annual report regarding private led efforts to trace back the origin
Today’s Regulatory Mix: California Consumer Privacy Enforcement
California Consumer Privacy Enforcement
On July 1, 2020, the California Department of Justice began enforcing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), groundbreaking legislation that provides consumers rights over their personal information.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: Senators Concerned 9-8-8 Under Attack, New York Texting to No-Call Rules
Senators Concerned 9-8-8 Under Attack
Last year, Congress passed the National Suicide Designation Act (the Act), requiring a three-digit 9-8-8 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to be in place by July 2022. Yesterday, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), along with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), released a letter sent to CTIA President & CEO Meredith Attwell Baker. CTIA is the national lobbying arm of the wireless telecommunications industry. The letter urges CTIA and its member companies to stop advocating against state-level funding of mental health and suicide prevention call centers and in-person response teams through fees assessed on commercial mobile services and IP-enabled voice service.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC to Consider Additional Innovation Zones, NACo Broadband Task Force Report
FCC to Consider Additional Innovation Zones
Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel proposed adding Raleigh, North Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts as innovation test zones. Presently, New York City and Salt Lake City are the city test beds managed by the National Science Foundation’s Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research where the development and integration of 5G network technologies and open radio access networks, or Open RAN, is researched.