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The Regulatory Mix - Friday, September 6, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

NTIA logoNTIA Report on Spectrum Repurposing

NTIA released the first annual report showing continuing efforts to repurpose parts of the nation’s radiofrequency spectrum to meet the future communications needs of commercial and federal users. The report shows that the United States already leads the world in spectrum available for 5G technology and is working to more-than-double the radio spectrum available for the next generation of wireless network technology. 

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Topics: Connect USVI Fund, 5G, Direct Broadcast Satellite Service, NTIA Spectrum Repurposing, Access Arbitrage, 3.5 GHz Auction Procedures, FCC September Open Meeting Agenda, Digital Technology Markets

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, September 5, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

Rosenworcel photo casual podcastFCC’s Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel announced the release of a new episode of her podcast, Broadband Conversations.  The newest episode features NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins. In 2016, Kate spent 115 days in space aboard the International Space Station. She completed two space walks—for a total of almost 13 hours of spacewalk time. She has a doctorate in cancer biology from Stanford University Medical School and was the first person to sequence DNA on space. Listeners will get to hear Kate describe how she became an astronaut, how being “off planet” gave her a new perspective on the world, and what its like working in zero gravity. Read More
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Topics: rural broadband, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel, FCC Broadband Conversations Podcast, Broadband Funding, Broadband Mapping

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

pa-avenuenw0826201477_750xx4256-2394-0-219FTC Settles Privacy Shield Complaints

The Federal Trade Commission announced that it reached settlement agreements with five companies over allegations that they falsely claimed certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework, which establishes a process to allow companies to transfer consumer data from European Union countries to the United States in compliance with EU law. 

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Topics: FCC Form 477, Interconnected VoIP, ILECs, CLECs, FTC Privacy Shield, Voice Telephone Services Report, over-the-top

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, August 30, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FTC bldgFTC Revises List of Companies Subject to Broadband Privacy Study

The Federal Trade Commission has revised the list of companies from which it is seeking information as part of its examination of broadband companies’ privacy practices.

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Topics: FCC Form 477, Internet Access Services Status Report, Broadband Privacy Study

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, August 29, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

FCC logoFCC Activates Disaster Information Reporting for Tropical Storm (now Hurricane) Dorian

The FCC announced the activation of the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) in  response to tropical storm Dorian.  DIRS is a voluntary, web-based system that communications providers, including wireless, wireline, broadcast, cable and Voice over Internet Protocol providers, can use to report communications infrastructure status and situational awareness information during times of crisis.

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Topics: DIRS, FCC Disaster Information Reporting System, AOS, Alternative Operator Service, HCSM

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, August 26, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC ShieldFCC Proposed Fines Against Three WISPs for Interference

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced proposed fines related to devices that apparently caused interference to the Federal Aviation Administration’s terminal doppler weather radar station in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The Enforcement Bureau proposed three separate $25,000 fines against wireless Internet service providers Boom Solutions, Integra Wireless, and WinPR.

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Topics: rural broadband, broadband, FCC Enforcement Bureau, Wireless Internet Service Provider, WISP, Tribal lands

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, August 23, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

robocall device51 State Attorneys General and 12 Major Carriers Announce Anti-Robocall Principles

In a press release the Attorney General of North Carolina announced they joined 50 other Attorneys General and 12 phone companies to create a set of principles aimed at thwarting illegal robocalls.  In the release the AG advised that the phone companies have agreed to adopt eight principles to fight illegal robocalls.

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Topics: FTC, SHAKEN/STIR, Anti-Robocall Principles, 2020 DNC Registry Fees

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, August 22, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

AR PSCArkansas Robocalling Workshop Agenda

The Arkansas Public Service Commission announced the Agenda for its Educational Workshop to be held on August 22-23, 2019, beginning at 10:00 a.m. each day, in the Hearing Room of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, 1000 Center Street, Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Topics: robocalling, Arkansas Workshop, Maine Net Neutrality

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

220px-Brownofficebuilding_(1)California PUC Announces New President

The California PUC announced its new President, Marybel Batjer.  President Batjer replaces former CPUC President, Michael Picker, who retired from the CPUC after serving as President since 2014. Read More
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Topics: NTIA, 911 Outages, California PUC News Release, CenturyLink Outage, 2019 Spectrum Policy Symposium

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, August 16, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC front viewFCC Recommends Designating 988 as the Dialing Code for the Suicide Prevention Hotline

The FCC announced that its Staff sent a Report Congress which recommends that the FCC consider designating 988 as the 3-digit dialing code to be used for a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.  The report, mandated by the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, finds that such a 3-digit number “would likely make it easier for Americans in crisis to access potentially life-saving resources.” 

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, BroadbandUSA, National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, 988

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