Congress Requests GAO Report on Spectrum Management
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR) sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) urging it to conduct an updated review of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) federal spectrum management processes. Pallone and Walden asked GAO to consider as part of its review how federal spectrum users interact with NTIA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), how the NTIA and FCC interact with each other, and the recent federal spectrum management process breakdowns.
Compliance Guide for Truth in Caller ID Rules
FCC January Open Meeting
The FCC announced the final agenda for its January 30, 2020, Open Meeting. The agenda is as follows.
FCC January Open Meeting Agenda,
Rural Digital Opportunity Fund,
Hearing Aid-Compatible Handset Rules,
Minnesota Broadband Funding
US Congress Hearing on Digital Equity and Internet Adoption
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) announced that the Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 entitled “Empowering and Connecting Communities through Digital Equity and Internet Adoption.”
Communications and Technology Subcommittee,
House Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing,
Digital Equity and Internet Adoptions
On January 15, 2020, Inteserra issued a Briefing to our service subscribers that explained details of the TRACED Act that has become law. The new federal law addressing robocalling known as the TRACED Act was enacted on December 30, 2019. The Act requires the implementation of STIR/SHAKEN by no later than June 30, 2021, (unless providers have already implemented it) but also requires the FCC to extend the implementation deadline under certain circumstances, including for providers using TDM Networks.
FCC Registered Consortium
USDA Broadband Grants in Arkansas and West Virginia
In West Virginia the USDA’s West Virginia State Director Kris Warner announced USDA has invested $18.7 million in a high-speed broadband infrastructure project that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for more than 6,300 rural households and an estimated 383 farms in Harrison, Doddridge, Lewis, Barbour and Upshur counties in West Virginia.
FCC Consumer Advisory Committee,
USDA Broadband Grant,
Cellular Vehicle to Everything,
USDA Broadband Grants
The US Department of Agriculture Marketing and Regulatory Programs announced new investments in high-speed rural broadband infrastructure projects as part of its ReConnect Pilot Program. The first announcement is a $5.7 million investment in a project that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity in parts of three Nebraska counties.
Wireless 911 Calls,
USDA's Reconnect Pilot Program,
transmitting vertical location information,
the Paperwork Reduction Act
FCC Updated Best Practices
The FCC announced that its Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) Best Practices database has been updated to include practices addressing communications network security, emergency preparedness, and disaster recovery.
988 Suicide Prevention Hotline,
CSRIC Best Practices
ATIS PSAP Outage Contact Information
The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) announced publication of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Updating Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Outage Contact Information (ATIS-0100068), which provides information on how Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) contact information is to be collected and documented.
Illinois Broadband Advisory Council,
Utilizing Strategic Allied Telecommunications Act,
Industries of the Future Act
FCC Releases Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Eligible Location Numbers
The FCC released a preliminary list, by state, of the number of locations eligible for bidding in the upcoming Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction. In total, about 6 million rural homes and businesses could be eligible for bidding in Phase 1 of the auction.
Rural Digital Opportunity Fund,
FCC’s 2011 USF/ICC Transformation Order,
ICC Reform Petition
FCC HUB Reporting Deadlines
The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued guidance to rate-of-return Connect America Fund recipients regarding their obligation to report geo-located broadband information and make deployment certifications to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).
Connect America Fund,
Local Number Portability Best Practices,
High Cost Universal Service Broadband portal,
FCC Truth-In-Billing Rules,
2020 Vertical Merger Guidelines