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The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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fcc_buildingFCC Sets Rules for Transitioning Legacy CAF Support

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established a transition framework to phase-down Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase I frozen support (Frozen Support) in areas where support was awarded pursuant to the CAF Phase II Auction (Auction Support).

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Topics: CAF Support, International Circuit Capacity Data, Hearing on Data Privacy and Security

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, February 18, 2019

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dome and flagUS Congress Truth in Billing Legislation

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) introduced the Truth-In-Billing, Remedies, and User Empowerment over Fees (‘TRUE Fees’) Act, legislation that requires phone, cable and Internet providers to include all charges in the prices they advertise for services.  This includes any some taxes, administrative fees, equipment rental fees, or other charges. 

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Topics: Truth-in-Billing, TRUE Act, Internet Privacy Hearings, GAO Report on Internet Privacy

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, February 15, 2019

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NTIA logoBroadband Milestone Report Released by NTIA

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a report that outlines a vision for how the Federal Government can increase broadband access and actions that various Federal Agencies are taking to increase private-sector investment in broadband. 

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Topics: Broadband Milestone Report, NTIA, FCC 477 Data, DOI Rural Tower Map, Internet Privacy Report, GAO, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, February 14, 2019

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FCC meeting roomFCC Votes to Expand Anti-Spoofing Rules

At its Open Meeting today, the FCC voted to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking banning illegal spoofed text messages and international calls. The rules would enable the FCC to address consumer concerns about unwanted text messages and scam calls from overseas. Unwanted calls—including malicious spoofed calls and illegal robocalls—are the top consumer complaint the FCC receives each year, accounting for over 60% of the total complaints received. 

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Topics: Anti-Spoofing Provisions of the RAY BAUM’S Act, Connect Amercia Fund, Caller ID Authentication

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, February 11, 2019

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US Capital Dome and FlagSenators Renew Questions About Throttling

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have written to the FCC to demand an investigation into several mobile carriers’ throttling and inadequate disclosures to customers.  In responses the Senators’ earlier letters, the carriers denied that they selectively impair or degrade video streaming.   Read More
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Topics: Throttling, data privacy, NG911 Grant Funding

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, February 8, 2019

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FCC meeting roomFCC Open Meeting Agenda

The FCC announced  the final agenda for its February 14, 2019, Open Meeting. 

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Topics: FCC Open Meeting for February, Anti-Spoofing Provisions of the RAY BAUM’S Act, New York Funding for Electric Vehicles, Legislation On Open Internet

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, February 7, 2019

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NECA logoNECA 's Proposed  2019 Modification of Average Schedule Formulas

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau is seeking comment on the National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc.’s (NECA) proposed modification of average schedule formulas.  NECA proposes to revise the formulas for average schedule interstate settlement disbursements in connection with the provision of interstate access services for the period beginning July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. 

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Topics: Average Schedule Formulas, NECA Average Schedule, NECA, Security Risks to Emerging 5G Networks, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, e-Connectivity Resource Guide, Department of Agriculture, e-Connectivity Toolkit, USDA

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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dome and flagUS Congress Robocalling Bill

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) reintroduced the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (HR 946).  The bill would direct the FCC to enact strong consumer protections for authorized calls and empower the FCC with strong enforcement tools to reign in robocallers.  The legislation would also ensure that consumers have the ability to stop calls they’d previously authorized and require incoming calls to have authentic caller identification information before they are delivered to customers. 

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Topics: Robocalling Bill, Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, Wireless Emergency Alert System

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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www.inteserra.comhs-fshubfsinteserra-regulatory mixjnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccoolUS Congress FCC Oversight

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai requesting information and documents related to the FCC’s current workload, the work of its bureaus and offices, and the FCC’s interactions with the public through its handling of consumer complaints and Freedom of Information Act requests.  Pallone and Doyle told Pai that the Committee will be reassuming its traditional role of oversight to ensure the agency is acting in the best interest of the public and consistent with its legislative authority.  

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Topics: House Energy and Commerce, US House FCC Oversight, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, 5G, National Association of Tower Erectors’, NATE, Wireless Infrastrucure Deployment

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, February 4, 2019

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FCCFCC Starks on Open Internet aka Restoring Internet Freedom Oral Argument

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks offered the following statement after the February 1, 2019, oral argument in Mozilla v. FCC, the appeal of the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order. “Today in federal court, this FCC is attempting to explain why it ignored the evidence before it and hastily abandoned the carefully crafted, common sense Open Internet framework established in 2015. In the process, it ignored the will of millions of people who made their support for a free and open Internet crystal clear. Like many others, I am paying close attention.

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Topics: Net Neutrality, FCC Restoring Internet Freedom Order, FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, US Senator Ed Markey, Video Description Marketplace

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