Arkansas State Broadband Plan Released
The Governor of Arkansas released a the Arkansas State Broadband Plan, which sets a goal to deploy high-speed broadband to all Arkansas communities with more than 500 residents by 2022. The high-speed broadband would have a rate of 25 megabits per second for download and 3 megabits per second for upload.
Arkansas State Broadband Plan,
Data Collection for Broadband
U.S. Senate to Hold Hearing on the use of Persuasive Technology on Internet Platforms
In a press release, it was announced that U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene a hearing titled, “Optimizing for Engagement: Understanding the Use of Persuasive Technology on Internet Platforms,” on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai,
machine learning on internet platforms,
U.S. Senate Hearing on Persuasive Technology,
Communication Network Security Executive Order
FTC Breaks up Robocall Scheme
FTC announces summary judgment against two individuals, approved six settlement agreements involving 11 defendants, and entered a default judgment against the remaining seven defendants, officially ending the massive Pointbreak Media robocall scheme.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation,
FTC Robocall Protections,
5G Spectrum Deployment,
FCC Authorizes Funding for First CAF II Auction Winners
The FCC has authorized nearly $111.6 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to 37,148 unserved rural homes and businesses in 12 states representing the first wave of support from last year’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction. Providers will begin receiving funding this month.
FTC Competition and Consumer Protection Hearings
FCC Robocall Summit
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he expects major phone companies to implement SHAKEN/STIR caller ID authentication standards this year, and he will host a summit on July 11, 2019 to examine industry’s progress toward meeting this deadline. The summit will focus on the industry’s implementation of the SHAKEN/STIR caller ID authentication framework and identify any challenges to deployment of the SHAKEN/STIR framework and discuss how best to overcome them.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai,
FCC Network Resiliency
FCC Denies 214 Authority to China-Owned Company
As expected, the FCC voted to deny China Mobile USA’s application to provide telecommunications services between the US and foreign destinations. This is the first instance in which Executive Branch agencies have recommended that the FCC deny a section 214 application due to national security and law enforcement concerns.
Spectrum for Mobile Service,
California Hearing on Communications Grid,
FCC Toll Free Number Auction
NIST Releases Privacy Framework Discussion Draft
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a draft for discussion purposes to promote the development of the NIST Privacy Framework: An Enterprise Risk Management Tool. NIST will use feedback on this discussion draft to develop a preliminary draft of the framework.
One Ring Scammers,
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Georgia Bills Allow Electric or Telephone Cooperatives to Provide Broadband
The first bill allows for electric cooperatives to provide broadband and the second bill allows for telephone cooperatives to do the same. Both bills allow for financing and certain partnerships for the provision of broadband services. Both laws became effective upon approval by the Governor, which was April 26, 2019.
Rural Broadband Funding,
Electric Coops to offer Broadband in Georgia,
Telephone Coops to offer Broadband in Georgia,
Broadband Internet Access Service for Veterans
FCC’s Rosenworcel Seeks Update on Sale of Location Data
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel announced she has sent letters to major phone companies to confirm whether they have lived up to their commitments to end location aggregation services. She also has asked phone companies to explain what steps they are taking to safeguard location data that previously was sold to third parties.
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel,
2019 Broadband Deployment Report,
Broadband Deployment in Indian Country