NTIA 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.
Connect USVI Fund,
Direct Broadcast Satellite Service,
NTIA Spectrum Repurposing,
3.5 GHz Auction Procedures,
FCC September Open Meeting Agenda,
Digital Technology Markets
FCC’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.
FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel,
FCC Broadband Conversations Podcast,
FTC 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.
FCC Form 477,
FTC Privacy Shield,
Voice Telephone Services Report,
FTC 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.
FCC Form 477,
Internet Access Services Status Report,
Broadband Privacy Study
FCC 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.
FCC Disaster Information Reporting System,
Alternative Operator Service,
FCC 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.
FCC Enforcement Bureau,
Wireless Internet Service Provider,
51 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.
2020 DNC Registry Fees
Arkansas 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.
Maine Net Neutrality
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.
California PUC News Release,
2019 Spectrum Policy Symposium
FCC 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.”
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai,
National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018,