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The Regulatory Mix - Friday, March 8, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

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Virgin Islands Granted Waiver to Conduct Wireless Emergency Alert Test

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau issued an order granting a limited waiver allowing Emergency Alert System (EAS) Participants and Participating Commercial Mobile Service (CMS) Providers to participate in a test to be conducted by the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency.  The test will be conducted on March 14, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. Atlantic Standard Time. 

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Topics: EAS System, FTC Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection, Wireless Emergency Alert Test, Stop Clock on T-Mobile and Sprint

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, March 7, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

hearing-room9House Hearings on Net Neutrality

Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) announced that the Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on restoring net neutrality protections on Tuesday, March 12, at 10:00 am in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

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Topics: Net Neutrality, USF, USAC, US House Energy and Commerce Committee Hearings, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, Save the Iternet Act, House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, Use of E-Rate Funds, Legislating to Safeguard the Free & Open Internet

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

jnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccoolNew Net Neutrality Bill Announced

Democratic leaders of the House and Senate held a press conference today to unveil the Save the Internet Act which will be introduced in both the House and Senate.  The bill would: (1) overturn the FCC’s 2017 “Restoring Internet Freedom” order re-classifying broadband Internet access service (BIAS) as an information service; and (2) reinstate the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order and associated rules. 

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Topics: FirstNet, FTC Competition and Consumer Protection Hearings, Save the Iternet Act, Restoring Net Neturatlity Protections

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

state of Arkansas SealArkansas Broadband Funding

A new law in Arkansas will allow a government entity, on its own or in partnership with a private entity, to apply for funding under a program for grants or loans to be used for the construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, land, or buildings used to deploy broadband service in unserved areas.

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Topics: Broadband Funding, FTC Civil Penalties, Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, FAIR Act, Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act, Arkansas Broadband Grants

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, March 4, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

dome and flagUS Congress Data Privacy Act

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced the Digital Accountability and Transparency to Advance (DATA) Privacy Act.  The Act strengthens data privacy protections for American consumers while also ensuring corporations are focusing on implementing new data security standards and essential privacy protections.  It also increases research into technologies that protect Americans’ privacy and shields small businesses from unnecessary regulation. Read More
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Topics: FTC, National Consumer Protection Week, Federal Trade Commission, data security standards, DATA Act

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, March 1, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

rosenworcel-bio-page-09122018FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel's Podcast for Women’s History Month

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel  announced the latest episode of her podcast Broadband Conversations, dedicated to amplifying the voices of women across technology, innovation and media.  Cecilia Munoz, currently Vice President of Public Interest Technology and Local Initiatives at New America joined the Commissioner for this very special conversation.  Read More
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Topics: CRTC, Canadian Radio-television and Telecom Commission, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, FTC Data Security and Consumer Privacy Hearings

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, February 28, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

US CapitolFederal Blockchain Legislation Introduced 

Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY), both members of the House Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Senator Todd Young and Senator Ed Markey, members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announced the introduction of the Blockchain Promotion Act of 2019 (HR 1361 and S 553). 

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Topics: rural broadband, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, Indiana Broadband Grant Program, Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, Blockchain Promotion Act of 2019

Checking In @ The FCC - The March Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

What will the FCC be tackling at the March 15, 2019 Open Meeting?

pai and FCC ShieldChairman Pai’s theme for the March meeting is “Behold the Ides of March,” a play on the famous Shakespearean warning to “beware the ides of March.”  This year, Chairman Pai is looking forward to the day saying that the FCC will “aim to make progress on many of the issues core to the FCC’s mission: promoting U.S. leadership on 5G, closing the digital divide, advancing public safety, modernizing our media rules, helping rural consumers, and more.

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Topics: Checking In @ The FCC, FCC Open Meeting for March, Wireless E911 Location Accuracy, Rules Governing 900 MHz Band, Spectrum Leasing, Intermediate Carrier Service Quality

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FTC-2-1FTC Task Force to Monitor Technology Markets

The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition announced the creation of a task force dedicated to monitoring competition in U.S. technology markets, investigating any potential anticompetitive conduct in those markets, and taking enforcement actions when warranted.  Read More
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Topics: FTC, rate-of-return ILECs, FCC A-CAM Support, Texas Chapter 26 Rules

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

court columnsAppeals Court Upholds AT&T Time Warner Merger

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has affirmed the District Court’s opinion denying the Justice Department’s request for a permanent injunction against the merger. The Court said: “At trial, the government presented expert opinion on the likely anticompetitive effects of the proposed merger on the video programming and distribution industry as forecast by economic principles and a quantitative model.

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Topics: AT&T Time Warner Merger, CalSPEED, OTMR Compliance Guide, One Touch Make-Ready Rules, California Internet Performance Study

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