USDA Investing over $83 Million in Broadband Grants in Three States: Alabama, Illinois, South Carolina
In Illinois, the USDA announced it has invested $12.8 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve e-Connectivity for more than 1,650 homes in rural Illinois.
“We know that rural communities need robust, modern infrastructure to thrive, and that includes having access to broadband e-Connectivity,” Secretary Bill Northey said.
USDA Broadband Grant,
California Communications Grid
Canada Combats Spoofed Calls; Works with FCC and Completes First Official Cross-Border Call Using SHAKEN/STIR
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced it has taken further steps to combat caller ID spoofing and determine the origins of nuisance calls. The CRTC expects telecommunications service providers will implement STIR/SHAKEN by September 30, 2020. This is the latest step in the CRTC’s broader efforts to combat nuisance and unsolicited calls. In the past year, the CRTC has encouraged service providers to offer their customers call-filtering services that provide advanced call-management features.
FCC Precision Agriculture Working Group,
New York Nuisance Call Act
California PUC Announces $12.1 Million Broadband Infrastructure Investment
In a press release, the PUC announced it has approved $12.1 million in grant funding to build high-speed broadband Internet infrastructure and access to unserved Californians. The awards, under the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) broadband infrastructure grant program administered by the CPUC, will serve households in Lassen, Plumas, and Santa Cruz counties, and include affordable subscription options.
NECA Average Schedule,
California Broadband Investment,
high-cost loop support
FCC December Open Meeting
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the final agenda for the FCC’s December 12, 2019, Open Meeting. It includes the following items:
- VoIP Symmetry – An Order on Remand and Declaratory Ruling that would promote continued investment in IP-based networks by clarifying that a local exchange carrier partnering with a VoIP provider may assess end office switched access charges only if the carrier or its VoIP partner provides a physical connection to the last-mile facilities used to serve the end user.
FCC December Open Meeting,
National Suicide Hotline Designation Act,
988: Suicide Prevention Hotline Number,
Senate Commerce Committee,
5G Spectrum Act
Idaho Broadband Grants
A task force convened by Idaho Governor Brad Little earlier this year released a report recommending that broadband and high-speed Internet be a strategic and economic priority for the state and that solutions remain technology neutral.
Idaho Broaband Grants,
Indiana Broadband Grants,
FCC 2.5 GHZ Rural Tribal Window & Workshop,
Rural Tribal Window
US Senate Data Care Act Reintroduced
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) reintroduced legislation to protect people’s personal data online. The Data Care Act would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users’ data.
Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau,
The Data Care Act,
Integrated Public Alert and Warning System,
California Defines Scope of Hearings on T-Mobile/Sprint Merger
The California PUC has scheduled evidentiary hearings on December 5 and 6, 2019 regarding the proposed Sprint /T-Mobile transaction that is before the PUC. The PUC is now seeking to determine what impact new agreements between Sprint, T-Mobile, and Dish Networks (DISH) will have on the proposed merger.
telemedicine in rural areas,
Sprint T-Mobile Merger,
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel,
Broadband Conversations Podcast,
FCC Suspends T-Band Application Processing
The FCC issued a Public Notice suspending the processing of applications for T-Band (470-512 MHz band) licenses, including renewals, in accordance with the current T-Band mandate to hold an auction in 2021. Licensees that have filed, and will in the future file, timely and complete applications for renewal of license2 may continue to operate using their licensed facilities past the license expiration date while the suspension is in effect.
MOBILE NOW Act,
470-512 MHz band,
Senate Hearing on 5G
US Congress Privacy Legislation
U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and fellow senior members Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Ed Markey (D-MA) unveiled comprehensive federal online privacy legislation to establish privacy rights, outlaw harmful and deceptive practices, and improve data security safeguards for the record number of American consumers who now shop or conduct business online. The Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA) gives Americans control over their personal data; prohibits companies from using consumers’ data to harm or deceive them; establishes strict standards for the collection, use, sharing, and protection of consumer data; protects civil rights; and penalizes companies that fail to meet data protection standards. The legislation also codifies the rights of individuals to pursue claims against entities that violate their data privacy rights and includes new safeguards to protect children and young people’s online privacy.
US Senate Hearing on Consumer Data Privacy,
The Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act,
federal online privacy legislation
What will the FCC be tackling next?
Chairman Pai’s theme for the December 12, 2019 Open Meeting is “A Small Number, A Big Difference.” This is a reference to the item adopting 988 as the nationwide 3-digit number to access suicide prevention and mental health services. The rest of the agenda continues the FCC’s ongoing efforts to provide more spectrum for next generation wireless services and modernize its cable rules.
MOBILE NOW Act,
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai,
local franchising authorities,
988: Suicide Prevention Hotline Number,
5.9 GHz band,
3.3-3.55 GHz band