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The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Increases Rural Health Care Funding, FCC to Fully Fund E-Rate Requests, FCC Issues NAL for Failing to Respond to USAC, FCC’s Pai Reacts To Supreme Court Robocall Decision

rural healthcareFCC Increases Rural Health Care Funding

The FCC’ Wireline Competition Bureau has directed the Universal Service Administrative Company, which administers the FCC’s Rural Health Care Program, to carry forward up to $197.98 million in unused funds from prior funding years to the extent necessary to satisfy funding year 2020 demand for the Program.

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Topics: E-rate, Rural Healthcare, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Supreme Court Robocall Decision, Failure to Respond to USAC

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, July 6, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: FTC Releases Agenda for PrivacyCon 2020, FCC's Pai Asks for Response on 5G Strategy, FCC Approves 13th Set of COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications

 

FTC bldg shuttersockFTC Releases Agenda for PrivacyCon 2020

The FTC has released the final agenda for its fifth annual PrivacyCon event, which will be held online on July 21, 2020.  PrivacyCon 2020 will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss the latest research and trends related to consumer privacy and data security.

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Topics: FTC Robocall Crackdown, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, FTC PrivacyCon, COVID-19 Telehealth Applications, 5G Strategy

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, July 2, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC’s Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast, FCC T-Mobile Divestiture, FCC Releases 1Q 2020 Adjustment Factor For Cable Operators, RDOF Auction Window Opens

Rosenworcel photo casual podcastFCC’s Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel announced the release of new episode of Broadband Conversations, her podcast dedicated to uplifting the voices of women from the innovation, technology, and media sectors.  Listeners get to hear what these leading women are doing, how they are making a difference, and what they think the future of our digital life can look like.

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Topics: fcc cable rules, Sprint T-Mobile Merger, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, COVID-19, RDOF

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces Parties’ Work Product Will No Longer be Archived in the SDE Within the BDS and USTelecom Forbearance Proceedings, US Senators Call for Action Against COVID-19 Robocallers, US Congress Broadband Connections Act

 

FCC entrance shutterstock-1FCC Announces Parties’ Work Product Will No Longer be Archived in the SDE Within the BDS and USTelecom Forbearance Proceedings

In a Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) of the FCC announced that as of July 3, 2020 it will no longer archive work products created by participants in the business data services (BDS,

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Topics: BDS, SDE, COVID-19 Robocallers, Broaband Connections Act

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, June 29, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for July Open Meeting, FCC Closes Filing Window for COVID-19 Telehealth Program

FCC front view-1FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for July Open Meeting

The FCC announced the tentative agenda for its July 16, 2020, Open Meeting.  The items are as follows:

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Topics: FCC July Open Meeting, COVID 19 Telehealth Program

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, June 26, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: US Congress Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, FCC Releases Updated List of Eligible Areas for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction

 

US Congress sunset shutterstock purchased62620US Congress Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act

US Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) announced they introduced the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, a bill to bolster national security interests and better protect communities across the country by ending the use of “warrant-proof” encrypted technology by terrorists and other bad actors to conceal illicit behavior. 

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Topics: US Congress, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction, RDOF, Lawful Acess to Encrypted Data Act

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, June 25, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Issues Staff Report on Robocalling Tools, USDA Announces Funding for Georgia Broadband, US Congress Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, US Congress Bills To Close the Digital Divide

 

2020 FCC SealFCC Issues Staff Report on Robocalling Tools

The FCC issued its 2020 staff report on the availability and effectiveness of call blocking tools offered to consumers.  The report finds that call blocking tools are now substantially available to consumers at no or low cost. The report finds that that billions of unwanted calls are now being blocked each year, often at no cost to the consumer.

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Topics: US Congress, robocalling, Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, Wireless Leadership Act, CABLE Leadership Act, USDA Georgia Broadband Funding, BROADBAND Leadership Act, CONNECT Act

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces Approval of Additional COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications, FCC Further Extends Temporary Relay Services Waiver, New York Comment on New COVID-19 Proceeding


 

FCC entrance shutterstock-1FCC Announces Approval of Additional COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications

 

The FCC announced the approval of an additional 77 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Health care providers in both urban and rural areas of the country will use this $29.41 million in funding to provide Telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Topics: TRS, FCC Telehealth Program, Temporary Relay Services Waiver, New York Covid-19 Proceeding

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC to Vote on Designating 988 for National Suicide Prevention Hotline, US Congress RDOF Funding

 

suicide prevention hotling shutterstock_1731679390FCC to Vote on Designating 988 for National Suicide Prevention Hotline

The FCC announced it will vote, at its July 16 Open Meeting, on final rules designating 988 as the new, nationwide, phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. 

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Topics: US Congress, 988 Suicide Prevention Hotline, RDOF

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, June 22, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: US Congress Bill to Advance Broadband Services, FCC’s Pai Asks Congress Help Consumers Stay Connected After The Keep Americans Connected Pledge Ends, US Congress Moving Forward Act

 

US Cap PA Ave dusk  shutterstockUS Congress Bill to Advance Broadband Services

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) announced  the introduction of the Rural Connectivity Advancement Program (RCAP) Act of 2020 (S.4015), which would capture a portion of the proceeds from spectrum auctions conducted by the FCC through September 30, 2022, for the build out of broadband networks.

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Topics: US Congress, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Keep Americans Connected Pledge, RCAP Act of 2020, Rural Connectivity Advancement Program, Moving Forward Act

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