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The Regulatory Mix - Monday, January 20, 2020

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USDA LogoUSDA Broadband Grants 

The US Department of Agriculture Marketing and Regulatory Programs announced new investments in high-speed rural broadband infrastructure projects as part of its ReConnect Pilot Program.  The first announcement is a $5.7 million investment in a project that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity in parts of three Nebraska counties. Read More
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Topics: Wireless 911 Calls, USDA's Reconnect Pilot Program, Broadband Grants, Z-Axis, transmitting vertical location information, the Paperwork Reduction Act

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, January 17, 2020

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FCC front view-1-1FCC Updated Best Practices 

The FCC announced that its Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) Best Practices database has been updated to include practices addressing communications network security, emergency preparedness, and disaster recovery. Read More
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Topics: 988 Suicide Prevention Hotline, CSRIC Best Practices

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, January 16, 2020

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ATIS LogoATIS PSAP Outage Contact Information

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) announced publication of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Updating Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Outage Contact Information (ATIS-0100068), which provides information on how Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) contact information is to be collected and documented.

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Topics: PSAP, ATIS, Illinois Broadband Advisory Council, 5G, 9-1-1 outages, Utilizing Strategic Allied Telecommunications Act, Industries of the Future Act

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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braodband imageFCC Releases Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Eligible Location Numbers  

The FCC released a preliminary list, by state, of the number of locations eligible for bidding in the upcoming Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction.  In total, about 6 million rural homes and businesses could be eligible for bidding in Phase 1 of the auction. 

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Topics: intercarrier compensation, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, FCC’s 2011 USF/ICC Transformation Order, ICC Reform Petition

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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FCC front view-1-1FCC HUB Reporting Deadlines 

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued guidance to rate-of-return Connect America Fund recipients regarding their obligation to report geo-located broadband information and make deployment certifications to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).  

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Topics: Connect America Fund, Interconnected VoIP, Local Number Portability Best Practices, High Cost Universal Service Broadband portal, HUBB, FCC Truth-In-Billing Rules, 2020 Vertical Merger Guidelines

Checking In @ The FCC The January Open Meeting

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welcome 2020 shutterstock_1497530426-1-1What will the FCC be tackling next?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the first meeting of 2020 is “Kicking Off the New Year in a Big Way.” (scheduled for, January 30, 2020). He notes that “[f]or the fourth year running, my biggest New Year's resolution at the office was to work to bridge the digital divide and provide more Americans digital opportunity.

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, #CheckingIn@TheFCC, FCC January Open Meeting Agenda, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) Rule, Video Relay Service (VRS), TV Station Notification Rules

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, January 10, 2020

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US-Capitol-Building-Dome-Interior-Photo-Credit-courtesy-of-washington_org_-2-1US House and Senate Members Urge the FCC to Protect Consumers from SIM Card Scams 

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and five House and Senate members have asked the FCC to do more to protect consumers from scammers who hijack phone numbers to hack bank accounts and other personal information. 

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Topics: FCC January Open Meeting Agenda, SIM Card Scams, SIM swapping, Local Number Portability Best Practices

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, January 9, 2020

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dome and flagUS House 5G Legislation 

 

The US House passed three bipartisan 5G security bills:   

  • H. Res. 575, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that all stakeholders in the deployment of 5G communications infrastructure should carefully consider and adhere to the recommendation of "the Prague Proposals.  The resolution also encourages the President and federal agencies to promote trade and security policies on the international stage that are consistent with "The Prague Proposals." The bill passed by voice vote. 
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The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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Country BroadbandUSDA Awards Rural Broadband Funding in North Dakota 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it had awarded $23 million in two high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 2,643 rural households and 78 businesses in North Dakota. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments. 

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Topics: FCC Form 477, fcc form 477 data, USDA's Reconnect Pilot Program, North Dakota Broadband

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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FCC front view-1FCC CAF II Award for New York 

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau announced  that it is ready to authorize Connect America Fund Phase II support for Mid-Hudson Data Corp. in conjunction with the New York Broadband Program.

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Topics: CAF II Award for New York, Outage Reporting, Submarine Cable Infrastructure Outages

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