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The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

jnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccoolHouse Seeks Update on Location Data-Sharing Probe 

Eleven Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats sent a letter to FCC Chairman expressing growing concern that the FCC is failing to protect consumers’ privacy by refusing to hold wireless carriers accountable for unauthorized disclosures of consumers’ real-time location data.  The members asked Chairman Pai to provide them with an update on the FCC’s investigation by November 29, 2019.

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Topics: Consumer Protection, Location Data-Sharing, Missouri Broadband Grants

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, November 8, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

USDA LogoUSDA Announces Broadband Grant in North Carolina 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it has invested $23.7 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for nearly 8,750 rural households in North Carolina.  

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Topics: USDA Broadband Grant, 511 Traveler Help, Colorado 511, Broadband Grant in North Carolina

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, November 7, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC logo-1FCC's Updated Minimum Lifeline Service Standards to Take Effect Next Month

The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced updated minimum service standard levels for speed and usage allowances for Lifeline-supported fixed broadband and mobile voice services.

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Topics: Rural Tribal Mapping, Public Safety and Telehealth Reports, Lifeline Service Standards

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

jnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccoolUS House Privacy Legislation 

Congresswomen Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) introduced HR 4978, Online Privacy Act of 2019.  The legislation creates user rights, places obligations on companies to protect users’ data, establishes a new federal agency to enforce privacy protections, and strengthens enforcement of privacy law violations.  Among other things the Act would: 
  • Establish Digital Privacy Agency (DPA), an independent agency led by a Director that would be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate for a five-year term. The DPA will enforce privacy protections and investigate abuses.  It would have funding for up to 1,600 employees and would be authorized to implementing adopt rules and issue fines for violations. 
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Topics: Privacy Legislation, Digital Privacy Agency, Online Privacy Act of 2019, 911 Outage Settlements

Checking In @ The FCC The November Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

Pai speaks-1What will the FCC be tackling next?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the November 22, 2019 Open Meeting is “Protecting National Security and Public Safety.”  This is a reference to two of the items: one that would prohibit the use of any federal universal service funds to purchase equipment or services from a company that poses a national security risk and another that would adopt vertical location (z-axis) accuracy metrics for wireless calls to help first responders identify a 911 caller’s location in a high-rise building. 

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Topics: National Security, Wireless E911 Location Accuracy, Unbundling and Resale Rules, IP CTS Support, Suspension and Debarment, USF Programs, TRS Programs

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC front viewFCC Approves TMobile/Sprint Merger 

The FCC announced it had approved, with conditions, the transfer of control applications filed by TMobile and Sprint.  The FCC found that the transaction will help close the digital divide and advance US leadership in 5G, the next generation of wireless connectivity. 

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Topics: FCC Open Meeting for November, National Security, Sprint T-Mobile Merger, Wireless E911 Location Accuracy, Unbundling and Resale Rules, TRS Fund Contribution

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, October 25, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

DyLQMV-VAAA-vMK-1FCC VoIP 911 Fee Declaratory Ruling 

At its Open Meeting today, the FCC voted to issue a Declaratory Ruling clarifying that state, local, and Tribal governments cannot charge the same class of subscribers total 911 fees that are higher for VoIP services than for traditional telecommunications services with the same 911 calling capability.  The FCC said that such treatment is discriminatory and conflicts with the NET 911 Act of 2008, which provides that a 911 fee or charge on VoIP service subscribers “may not exceed the amount of any such fee or charge applicable to the same class of subscribers to telecommunications services.”  

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Topics: National Institute of Standards and Technology, VoIP 911 Fee, FCC Tariff Filing Rules, NIST Privacy Framework, CAF II Performance Testing

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, October 24, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

us-capitol-building-and-congressUS Senate Suicide Hotline Bill Introduced 

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI),Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Jack Reed (D-RI) announced they introduced the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act (S2661) that directs the FCC to designate 9-8-8 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This line would include the Veterans Crisis Line for veteran-specific mental health support. Additionally, the legislation will authorize the ability of states to collect fees to ensure local call centers are able to support increased volume. 

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Topics: FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, Broadband Milestone Report, FCC Broadband Deployment Report, National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, 9-8-8, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

IA Cap BldgIowa Governor Touts Report Highlighting K-12 Broadband Access 

 

In a press release, Governor Reynolds announced that Iowa’s classrooms are more connected today than ever before.

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Topics: National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier, USDA, NLEV, Iowa Broadband Access, South Carolina Broadband Grant

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC Shield-2FCC Seeks Comment on Effectiveness of Tribal Engagement Guidelines 


The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) is seeking comment on how best to facilitate and improve dialogue and coordination between Tribes and Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs) to ensure successful broadband deployment and adoption on Tribal lands. 

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Topics: Tribal Engagement Guidelines, EMCs offering Broadband Services, electric members corporations

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