FCC October Meeting Agenda
The FCC announced the final agenda for its October 25, 2019, Open Meeting. The following items will be considered:
- Connect America Fund: An Order on Reconsideration that would ensure that carriers receiving high-cost universal service support
Connect America Fund,
FCC October Open Meeting,
FCC Broadband Conversations Podcast,
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel,
911 fee parity,
Part 61 Tariff Rules,
800 MHz Band
US Senate New Privacy Bill Introduced
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., introduced sweeping new privacy legislation, the Mind Your Own Business Act, which he says will create the strongest-ever protections for Americans’ private data and to hold accountable the corporate executives responsible for abusing consumers’ information.
Do Not Call Registry,
FY 2019 Do Not Call Registry Data Book,
Mind Your Own Business Act,
Do Not Track system
Broadband Mapping Legislation Introduced
Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) announced a package of legislation aimed at addressing broadband mapping practices and increasing speed standards in rural communities. The legislative package is comprised of two bills that empower communities to improve flawed broadband mapping procedures.
Broadband Speed Act,
Community Broadband Mapping Act,
USDA Rural Utility Service
California Attorney General Releases Proposed CCPA Regulations
In a press release, the Attorney General of California announced the release of proposed regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The law mandates that on or before July 1, 2020, the Office of the Attorney General promulgate and adopt implementing regulations for the CCPA. Comments on the proposed regulations may be submitted by December 6, 2019. The Attorney General will also hold four public hearings.
California Consumer Privacy Act,
Rural Digital Opportunity Fund,
Pennsylvania Federal Broadband Funding,
FCC Authorizes $61.8 Million in Funding for Rural Broadband
The FCC announced it has authorized over $61.8 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to nearly 22,000 unserved rural homes and businesses in 14 states, representing the sixth wave of support from last year’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction.
California Enacts New Law Adjusting PUC Audit Requirements
California has enacted a new law that would now require the commission to audit the books and records of each telephone corporation if the utility has over 10,000 customers and would require the commission to review or audit the books and records of the utility if the utility has 10,000 or fewer customers. The bill would require these reviews or audits to be conducted for regulatory purposes, rather than regulatory and tax purposes.
FCC Form 470,
FCC 4Q Inflation Adjustment for Cable Operators,
California PUC Audit Requirements,
FCC Portal for Public Safety and Enterprise
Ohio Releases Statewide Broadband Report
InnovateOhio, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), issued a statewide broadband access report. The report is a compilation of responses the state received to the broadband request for information (RFI) as well as individual stakeholder interviews.
Supply Chain Legislation,
Ohio Broadband Report,
FCC Addresses Access Stimulation
At its Open Meeting this morning, the FCC voted to adopt a Report and Order aimed at combatting what it characterizes as “wasteful arbitrage schemes that exploit the system of intercarrier compensation between local and long-distance providers, and indirectly cost consumers an estimated $60 million to $80 million annually.” The order reduces the financial incentives for carriers to engage in these schemes by requiring that the access-stimulating local phone company, rather than the long-distance company, be financially responsible for covering the cost of incoming traffic.
Broadband Networks in Puerto Rico,
Broadband Networks in U.S. Virgin Islands,
House Committee Supply Chain Legislation Introduced
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR), Reps. Doris Matsui (D-CA), and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) introduced HR4459, the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act,
National Lifeline Verifier,
Supply Chain Legislation,
Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act,
Iowa Broadband Grant Applications Now Being Accepted - New Broadband Map Released
In a press release the Governor of Iowa announced that the application window for the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program has officially opened, making $5 million dollars in grant funds available for communication service providers who expand high-speed Internet service into unserved areas in Iowa. The application window will be open from Sept. 20, 2019 through Oct. 18, 2019.
FCC Regulatory Fee Filing Window,
Iowa Broadband Grants,