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The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC's Pai Announces Departure Date,  FCC Announces Results of 2021 Urban Rate Survey


chairman pai relaxedFCC’s Pai Announces Departure Date

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced he intends to leave the Federal Communications Commission on January 20, 2021.  He issued a statement thanking his fellow Commissioners, FCC staff and his family, saying, in part:

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Topics: ETCs, FCC Urban Rate Survey, FCC Chairman Pai

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix:  US Congress Urges FCC Action on Replacing Suspect Network Equipment, US Congress Requests Audit of Rural Broadband Pilot Program, FCC Announces Tentative December Agenda, FCC Quantum Internet Forum,  FCC Releases Memorandum on Use of Economics and Analytics in Rulemakings, Canada (CRTC) Announces Emergency Alert Test

 The Regulatory Mix will return on 12/1/2020. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

US Congress w flag portico shutterstock_150003068US Congress Urges FCC Action on Replacing Suspect Network Equipment

House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and Chair Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) wrote to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai urging him to assist companies as they prepare and plan to replace suspect network equipment, including companies eligible for reimbursement under the Secure and Trusted Reimbursement Program.

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Topics: FCC Open Meeting for December, US Congress Rip and Replace, Use of Economics and Analytics in Rulemakings, Audit of Rural Broadband Pilot Program, CRTC Announces Emergency Alert Test

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, November 19, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Fines Telemarketer Nearly $10 Million for Spoofed Robocalls, FCC Authorized Use of 5.9GHz Band For Wi Fi and Auto Safety

 

fines from court case shutterstock_1348167020-1FCC Fines Telemarketer Nearly $10 Million for Spoofed Robocalls

The FCC has imposed a $9,997,750 fine on a San Diego-based telemarketer for making 47,610 unlawful, spoofed robocalls over a two-day period shortly before California’s 2018 primary election.

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Topics: FCC Spoofing Fine, 5.9GHz Band For Wi Fi

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix:  US Congress Telecom Legislation, FCC To Expand Funding Base For Internet Based TRS

court columns-1US Congress Telecom Legislation

Yesterday, the US House passed the following telecom-related bills that were reported favorably from the Energy and Commerce Committee.

  • The Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act of 2020 (H.R. 6096), that amends the existing law to classify emergency alerts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a type of alert that commercial mobile service providers may not allow subscribers to block from their devices. 
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Topics: US Congress, telecom legislation, Internet Based TRS

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix:  USDA Announces Broadband Awards in Alaska, FCC Announces broadband Funding in US Virgin Islands, FCC Authorizes Seventh Year of CAF II Model Support for Price Cap Carriers

 

USDA LogoUSDA Announces Broadband Awards in Alaska

The USDA announced it is investing $11.3 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Alaska.  The funding will allow three companies to deploy fiber networks in Alaska, as follows.

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Topics: price cap carriers, CAF II, USDA Broadband Grants, Alaska Broadband, US Virgin Islands Broadband, FCC CAF II Model Support

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, November 12, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix:  NARUC Adopts Resolutions on Inmate Rates, and Disaster Reporting, FCC Releases Agenda for November Open Meeting, FCC Releases Data on 2019 Broadband Deployment

 

NARUC logoNARUC Adopts Resolutions on Inmate Rates, and Disaster Reporting

At its Annual Meeting, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners adopted two telecom resolutions.  The first resolution addresses inmate calling service rates.

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Topics: NARUC Resolutions, Satellite Regulations, Disaster Reporting, Inmate Rates, FCC November 2020 Open Meeting, FCC Data on 2019 Broadband Deployment, Fixed-Satellite Services in the 17 GHz Band, Resolution of Program Carriage Complaints, Modernizing the 5.9 GHz Band

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  Congress Urges FCC and FTC Stop To Work on Controversial Items in Light of Election Results,  Senate Commerce Committee To Mark Up Several Telecom Bills

 

US-Capitol-Building-Dome-Interior-Photo-Credit-courtesy-of-washington_org_Congress Urges FCC and FTC Stop to Work on Controversial Items in Light of Election Results 

House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders wrote to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons asking that the two commissions stop work on all partisan or controversial items currently under consideration in light of the results of last week’s presidential election.

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Topics: FCC, FTC, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, Senate Commerce Committee, Ensuring Network Security Act, transfer of power, Internet Exchange Act of 2019

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, November 9, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC to Hold Consumer Protection Webinar, FTC Requires Zoom to Enhance its Security Practices in Settlement

 

virtural showcase shutterstock_1588827322FCC to Hold Consumer Protection Webinar

The FCC’s Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau (CGB), along with its partners, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), announced  they will be hosting a webinar highlighting tips and resources to protect consumers this upcoming holiday season.

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Topics: FCC Consumer Protection, FTC Security Practices

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, November 5, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Issues $200 Million Lifeline Civil Penalty, Louisiana To Require Emergency Plans From Cable and Video Providers

 

FCC entrance shutterstock-2FCC Issues $200 M Lifeline Civil Penalty

The FCC has released the terms and conditions of a consent decree entered into with T-Mobile under which T-Mobile will pay a $200 million penalty to the U.S. Treasury to resolve an investigation of its subsidiary Sprint’s compliance with the FCC’s Lifeline rules. 

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Topics: Sprint, T-Mobile, Louisiana Emergency Plans, Lifeline Civil Penalty, Cable and Video Providers

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix:  US Senators Urge Utilities to Cease Shutoffs During COVD-19 Crisis, FCC Broadband Support For Puerto Rico, FCC’s Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast

 

US Congress w flag portico shutterstock_150003068US Senators Urge Utilities to Cease Shutoffs During COVD-19 Crisis

A group of US Senators have sent a letter to major US utilities, several telecom and cable companies, asking them to suspend utility shutoffs for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Topics: high-cost support, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel, FCC Broadband Conversations Podcast, Puerto Rico Broadband

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The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC's Pai Announces Departure Date,  FCC Announces Results of 2021 Urban Rate Survey


chairman pai relaxedFCC’s Pai Announces Departure Date

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced he intends to leave the Federal Communications Commission on January 20, 2021.  He issued a statement thanking his fellow Commissioners, FCC staff and his family, saying, in part:

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Topics: ETCs, FCC Urban Rate Survey, FCC Chairman Pai

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  US Congress Urges FCC Action on Replacing Suspect Network Equipment, US Congress Requests Audit of Rural Broadband Pilot Program, FCC Announces Tentative December Agenda, FCC Quantum Internet Forum,  FCC Releases Memorandum on Use of Economics and Analytics in Rulemakings, Canada (CRTC) Announces Emergency Alert Test

 The Regulatory Mix will return on 12/1/2020. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

US Congress w flag portico shutterstock_150003068US Congress Urges FCC Action on Replacing Suspect Network Equipment

House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and Chair Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) wrote to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai urging him to assist companies as they prepare and plan to replace suspect network equipment, including companies eligible for reimbursement under the Secure and Trusted Reimbursement Program.

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Topics: FCC Open Meeting for December, US Congress Rip and Replace, Use of Economics and Analytics in Rulemakings, Audit of Rural Broadband Pilot Program, CRTC Announces Emergency Alert Test

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, November 19, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Fines Telemarketer Nearly $10 Million for Spoofed Robocalls, FCC Authorized Use of 5.9GHz Band For Wi Fi and Auto Safety

 

fines from court case shutterstock_1348167020-1FCC Fines Telemarketer Nearly $10 Million for Spoofed Robocalls

The FCC has imposed a $9,997,750 fine on a San Diego-based telemarketer for making 47,610 unlawful, spoofed robocalls over a two-day period shortly before California’s 2018 primary election.

Read More
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Topics: FCC Spoofing Fine, 5.9GHz Band For Wi Fi

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

 

Today's Regulatory Mix:  US Congress Telecom Legislation, FCC To Expand Funding Base For Internet Based TRS

court columns-1US Congress Telecom Legislation

Yesterday, the US House passed the following telecom-related bills that were reported favorably from the Energy and Commerce Committee.

  • The Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act of 2020 (H.R. 6096), that amends the existing law to classify emergency alerts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a type of alert that commercial mobile service providers may not allow subscribers to block from their devices. 
Read More
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Topics: US Congress, telecom legislation, Internet Based TRS

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  USDA Announces Broadband Awards in Alaska, FCC Announces broadband Funding in US Virgin Islands, FCC Authorizes Seventh Year of CAF II Model Support for Price Cap Carriers

 

USDA LogoUSDA Announces Broadband Awards in Alaska

The USDA announced it is investing $11.3 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Alaska.  The funding will allow three companies to deploy fiber networks in Alaska, as follows.

Read More
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Topics: price cap carriers, CAF II, USDA Broadband Grants, Alaska Broadband, US Virgin Islands Broadband, FCC CAF II Model Support

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, November 12, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  NARUC Adopts Resolutions on Inmate Rates, and Disaster Reporting, FCC Releases Agenda for November Open Meeting, FCC Releases Data on 2019 Broadband Deployment

 

NARUC logoNARUC Adopts Resolutions on Inmate Rates, and Disaster Reporting

At its Annual Meeting, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners adopted two telecom resolutions.  The first resolution addresses inmate calling service rates.

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Topics: NARUC Resolutions, Satellite Regulations, Disaster Reporting, Inmate Rates, FCC November 2020 Open Meeting, FCC Data on 2019 Broadband Deployment, Fixed-Satellite Services in the 17 GHz Band, Resolution of Program Carriage Complaints, Modernizing the 5.9 GHz Band

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  Congress Urges FCC and FTC Stop To Work on Controversial Items in Light of Election Results,  Senate Commerce Committee To Mark Up Several Telecom Bills

 

US-Capitol-Building-Dome-Interior-Photo-Credit-courtesy-of-washington_org_Congress Urges FCC and FTC Stop to Work on Controversial Items in Light of Election Results 

House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders wrote to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons asking that the two commissions stop work on all partisan or controversial items currently under consideration in light of the results of last week’s presidential election.

Read More
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Topics: FCC, FTC, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, Senate Commerce Committee, Ensuring Network Security Act, transfer of power, Internet Exchange Act of 2019

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, November 9, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC to Hold Consumer Protection Webinar, FTC Requires Zoom to Enhance its Security Practices in Settlement

 

virtural showcase shutterstock_1588827322FCC to Hold Consumer Protection Webinar

The FCC’s Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau (CGB), along with its partners, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), announced  they will be hosting a webinar highlighting tips and resources to protect consumers this upcoming holiday season.

Read More
0 Comments | View Comments

Topics: FCC Consumer Protection, FTC Security Practices

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, November 5, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Issues $200 Million Lifeline Civil Penalty, Louisiana To Require Emergency Plans From Cable and Video Providers

 

FCC entrance shutterstock-2FCC Issues $200 M Lifeline Civil Penalty

The FCC has released the terms and conditions of a consent decree entered into with T-Mobile under which T-Mobile will pay a $200 million penalty to the U.S. Treasury to resolve an investigation of its subsidiary Sprint’s compliance with the FCC’s Lifeline rules. 

Read More
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Topics: Sprint, T-Mobile, Louisiana Emergency Plans, Lifeline Civil Penalty, Cable and Video Providers

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  US Senators Urge Utilities to Cease Shutoffs During COVD-19 Crisis, FCC Broadband Support For Puerto Rico, FCC’s Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast

 

US Congress w flag portico shutterstock_150003068US Senators Urge Utilities to Cease Shutoffs During COVD-19 Crisis

A group of US Senators have sent a letter to major US utilities, several telecom and cable companies, asking them to suspend utility shutoffs for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read More
0 Comments | View Comments

Topics: high-cost support, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel, FCC Broadband Conversations Podcast, Puerto Rico Broadband

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