The Regulatory Mix – Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix:  FCC EBB Program Exceeds 4 Million Households, Broadband Bills Take Effect in Washington State 

 

FCC EBB Program Exceeds 4 Million Households 

Over four million households have enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, according to the FCC, served by approximately 1100 broadband providers. The $3.2 billion subsidy program provides a temporary $50 to $75 discount on eligible households’ internet bills during the duration of the pandemic.

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The Regulatory Mix – Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix:  FCC Grants C-Band Licenses, FCC to Host FAQ Seminar for the Emergency Connectivity Fund  

FCC Grants C-Band Licenses 

The FCC announced the grant of 5,676 licenses in the 3.7 GHz service (3.7 to 3.98 GHz), also known as the C-band following completion of Auction 107 earlier this year. “These mid-band licenses are the sweet spot for 5G deployment,” explained FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “That’s because they have the right mix of capacity and propagation that will help us reach more people in more places faster. With these licenses in hand, more carriers can deploy mid-band 5G, which means faster speeds over much wider coverage areas and more robust competition.”

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The Regulatory Mix – Monday, July 26, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: Kentucky PSC Hearing on Proposed Pole Attachment Rules July 29,  White House Urges Infrastructure Training 

Kentucky PSC Hearing on Proposed Pole Attachment Rules July 29 

Earlier this year, HB 320 was signed into law, requiring the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to pass administrative regulations about pole attachments under its jurisdiction, including those necessary for the provision of broadband. 

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The Regulatory Mix – Friday, July 23, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: California Legislation Would Revamp Lifeline Program, FCC Commissioner Carr Praises FAIR Contributions Act    California Legislation Would Revamp Lifeline Program  The Senate Committee on Appropriations meets Aug. 16 to vote on a bill that would require the California Public Utilities Commission (Commission), before March 1, 2022, to update its LifeLine program rules and modify the recertification process so that it “minimizes barriers to LifeLine subscriber recertification and reduces the

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The Regulatory Mix – Thursday, July 22, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: Broadband Data Task Force Announces August Webinar, FAIR Act Would Explore Big Tech USF Contributions

 

Broadband Data Task Force Announces August Webinar 

The FCC’s Broadband Data Task Force (Task Force) announced it will host a virtual webinar on Thursday, August 12, 2021, starting at 2:00 p.m. EDT.  The webinar will provide information about the proposed technical requirements for the mobile challenge, verification, and crowdsourcing processes required under the Broadband DATA Act. The webinar will be streamed live at www.fcc.gov/live. During the webinar, staff will be available to answer participant questions.

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The Regulatory Mix – Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Seeks Traceback Information on Robocall Efforts, FCC Partners on Wireless Emergency Alerts Test     FCC Seeks Traceback Information on Robocall Efforts The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau is asking voice service providers and the USTelecom’s Industry Traceback Group to submit information for the commission’s annual report regarding private led efforts to trace back the origin

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The Regulatory Mix – Tuesday, July 20, 2017

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: California Consumer Privacy Enforcement

 

California Consumer Privacy Enforcement

On July 1, 2020, the California Department of Justice began enforcing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), groundbreaking legislation that provides consumers rights over their personal information.

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The Regulatory Mix – Monday, July 19, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for August Open Meeting, Virginia Plans to Expedite Broadband Program 

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for August Open Meeting

The FCC announced the items on the agenda for the August Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 5, 2021:

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The Regulatory Mix – Friday, July 16, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: Senators Concerned 9-8-8 Under Attack, New York Texting to No-Call Rules

Senators Concerned 9-8-8 Under Attack 

 

 

Last year, Congress passed the National Suicide Designation Act (the Act), requiring a three-digit 9-8-8 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to be in place by July 2022.  Yesterday, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), along with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), released a letter sent to CTIA President & CEO Meredith Attwell Baker. CTIA is the national lobbying arm of the wireless telecommunications industry. The letter urges CTIA and its member companies to stop advocating against state-level funding of mental health and suicide prevention call centers and in-person response teams through fees assessed on commercial mobile services and IP-enabled voice service. 

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The Regulatory Mix – Thursday, July 15, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC to Consider Additional Innovation Zones, NACo Broadband Task Force Report 

FCC to Consider Additional Innovation Zones  

Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel proposed adding Raleigh, North Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts as innovation test zones.  Presently, New York City and Salt Lake City are the city test beds managed by the National Science Foundation’s Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research where the development and integration of 5G network technologies and open radio access networks, or Open RAN, is researched. 

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