U.S. Congress TOWER Infrastructure Deployment Act
U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (MI-07) and Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) announced they introduced H.R. 3255, the TOWER Infrastructure Deployment Act. The Act is intended to help close the workforce shortage in the telecommunications industry for highly-skilled, professional workforce equipped to deploy 5G, lightning-fast broadband networks, and new broadcast technology.
TOWER Infrastructure Deployment Act,
Cyber Defense Legislation,
Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force,
US Senate Broadband Data Mapping Bill
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., John Thune, R-S.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., introduced the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act. The legislation would improve the accuracy of the FCC’s broadband availability maps by strengthening the process by which broadband data is collected.
Broadband Data Mapping Bill,
Privacy Shield Compliance,
FTC Releases Final Agenda for 2019 PrivacyCon
The FTC announced the final agenda for the fourth annual PrivacyCon, which will take place on June 27, 2019 and focus on the latest research and trends related to consumer privacy and data security. FTC Chairman Joe Simons will provide opening remarks for PrivacyCon 2019, which will be followed by four sessions of presentations and discussions on research submitted for the event.
FTC 2019 PrivacyCon,
Inmate Calling Services Legislation
FTC Releases Details for its Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection
In a press release, the FTC issued details for its upcoming June 12, 2019, hearing. See the Regulatory Mix dated 6/3/19.
FCC Rural Health Care,
FTC Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection,
FY 2019 filing window
Mississippi Charges Five Telemarketers for No-Call Violations
The Mississippi PSC announced that it has charged five companies that made 442 illegal calls. Should these entities be found to have violated the No-Call law, they are subject to a $5,000 per call fine; totaling $2,210,000. Notices of alleged violations were recently filed against the companies.
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks,
Nevada Cybersecurity Law,
Mississippi No-Call Violations
FCC Authorizes Connect America Fund Phase II Auction Support for 856 Winning Bids
The FCC announced that it has authorized $166.8 million in funding to expand broadband over the next decade to unserved rural homes and businesses in 22 states, representing the second wave of support from last year’s successful Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction. Providers will begin receiving funding this month.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai,
CAF Phase II Auction Support
US Senate Oversight Hearing
Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced the committee will convene a hearing titled, “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. As part of the Committee’s oversight responsibilities, this hearing will examine policy issues before the Federal Communications Commission and review its ongoing activities and proceedings. All five FCC Commissioners are expected to testify.
internet service providers,
U.S. Senate Oversight of the FCC,
Colorado Net Neutrality
FCC Affirms Robocall Blocking By Default
At its Open Meeting today, the FCC voted to issue a Declaratory Ruling that affirms that voice service providers may, as the default, block unwanted calls based on reasonable call analytics, as long as their customers are informed and have the opportunity to opt out of the blocking. While many phone companies now offer their customers call blocking tools on an opt-in basis, the Declaratory Ruling clarifies that they can provide them as the default, thus allowing them to protect more consumers from unwanted robocalls and making it more cost-effective to implement call blocking programs.
Robocall Blocking by Default,
Alternative Connect America Model II,
Leased Access Rules,
Rosenworcel Broadband Conversations Podcast
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel announced the release of her latest episode of Broadband Conversations—the podcast where she talks to leading women in technology, innovation, and media sectors about what’s on their minds, what they are working on, and what they hope for the future of digital life. The most recent episode features a conversation with Sarah McBride, an activist, author, and one of the most visible voices for trans equality.
Broadband Conversation Podcasts,
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel,
FCC Auction 101
FCC Announces Auction 102 Winning Bidders
The FCC announced the winning bidders in the auction of 24 GHz Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service licenses (Auction 102). The auction raised a total of $2,022,676,752 in net bids ($2,024,268,941 in gross bids), with 29 bidders winning a total of 2,904 licenses. The FCC also specified the deadlines for payments and the filing of long-form applications, and other post-auction procedures.
small cell deployment,
Auction 102 Winning Bidders