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The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, December 12, 2019

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USDA LogoUSDA Investing over $83 Million in Broadband Grants in Three States: Alabama, Illinois, South Carolina 


In Illinois, the USDA announced it has invested $12.8 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve e-Connectivity for more than 1,650 homes in rural Illinois.   

 

“We know that rural communities need robust, modern infrastructure to thrive, and that includes having access to broadband e-Connectivity,” Secretary Bill Northey said.

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Topics: NG911, USDA Broadband Grant, California Communications Grid

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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220px-Brownofficebuilding_(1)California PUC Announces $12.1 Million Broadband Infrastructure Investment 

In a press release, the PUC announced it has approved $12.1 million in grant funding to build high-speed broadband Internet infrastructure and access to unserved Californians.  The awards, under the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) broadband infrastructure grant program administered by the CPUC, will serve households in Lassen, Plumas, and Santa Cruz counties, and include affordable subscription options.

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Topics: NECA Average Schedule, California Broadband Investment, HCLS, high-cost loop support

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, December 9, 2019

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FCC meeting roomFCC December Open Meeting 

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the final agenda for the FCC’s December 12, 2019, Open Meeting.  It includes the following items: 

  • VoIP Symmetry – An Order on Remand and Declaratory Ruling that would promote continued investment in IP-based networks by clarifying that a local exchange carrier partnering with a VoIP provider may assess end office switched access charges only if the carrier or its VoIP partner provides a physical connection to the last-mile facilities used to serve the end user.
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Topics: FCC December Open Meeting, Colorado PUC, National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, 988: Suicide Prevention Hotline Number, VoIP Symmetry, 5G Fund, Senate Commerce Committee, TOWER Act, 5G Spectrum Act

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, December 6, 2019

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idaho capitol bldg tourslincolnIdaho Broadband Grants 

A task force convened by Idaho Governor Brad Little earlier this year released a report recommending that broadband and high-speed Internet be a strategic and economic priority for the state and that solutions remain technology neutral. 

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Topics: TRACED Act, Idaho Broaband Grants, Indiana Broadband Grants, FCC 2.5 GHZ Rural Tribal Window & Workshop, Rural Tribal Window

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, December 5, 2019

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house and senate bldgs-1US Senate Data Care Act Reintroduced 

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) reintroduced legislation to protect people’s personal data online.  The Data Care Act would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users’ data.

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Topics: Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, IPAWS, The Data Care Act, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, CMS Providers, WEA Deadline

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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220px-Brownofficebuilding_(1)California Defines Scope of Hearings on T-Mobile/Sprint Merger 

The California PUC has scheduled evidentiary hearings on December 5 and 6, 2019 regarding the proposed Sprint /T-Mobile transaction that is before the PUC.  The PUC is now seeking to determine what impact new agreements between Sprint, T-Mobile, and Dish Networks (DISH) will have on the proposed merger. 

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Topics: telemedicine in rural areas, Sprint T-Mobile Merger, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Broadband Conversations Podcast, DISH

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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FCC front view-1FCC Suspends T-Band Application Processing 


The FCC issued a Public Notice suspending the processing of applications for T-Band (470-512 MHz band) licenses, including renewals, in accordance with the current T-Band mandate to hold an auction in 2021. Licensees that have filed, and will in the future file, timely and complete applications for renewal of license2 may continue to operate using their licensed facilities past the license expiration date while the suspension is in effect.

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Topics: MOBILE NOW Act, T-Band Application, T-Band spectrum, 470-512 MHz band, Senate Hearing on 5G

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, December 2, 2019

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us-capitol-building-and-congressUS Congress Privacy Legislation 

U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and fellow senior members Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Ed Markey (D-MA) unveiled comprehensive federal online privacy legislation to establish privacy rights, outlaw harmful and deceptive practices, and improve data security safeguards for the record number of American consumers who now shop or conduct business online. The Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA) gives Americans control over their personal data; prohibits companies from using consumers’ data to harm or deceive them; establishes strict standards for the collection, use, sharing, and protection of consumer data; protects civil rights; and penalizes companies that fail to meet data protection standards. The legislation also codifies the rights of individuals to pursue claims against entities that violate their data privacy rights and includes new safeguards to protect children and young people’s online privacy.

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Topics: US Senate Hearing on Consumer Data Privacy, The Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act, COPRA, federal online privacy legislation

Checking In @ The FCC - The December Open Meeting

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988-01What will the FCC be tackling next?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the December 12, 2019 Open Meeting is “A Small Number, A Big Difference.”  This is a reference to the item adopting 988 as the nationwide 3-digit number to access suicide prevention and mental health services.  The rest of the agenda continues the FCC’s ongoing efforts to provide more spectrum for next generation wireless services and modernize its cable rules. Read More
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Topics: MOBILE NOW Act, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, #CheckingIn@TheFCC, local franchising authorities, 988: Suicide Prevention Hotline Number, VoIP Symmetry, LFAs, 5.9 GHz band, 3.3-3.55 GHz band

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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court columnsCourt Denies Motion to Stay Access Arbitrage Order 

US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an order denying motion for stay of the FCC's Access Arbitrage order.  That order adopted rules aimed at eliminating the financial incentives to engage in access stimulation.  Under the new rules, a CLEC will be considered an access stimulator if it has an interstate terminating-to-originating traffic ratio of at least 6:1 in an end office in a calendar month.  If a CLEC is engaged in access stimulation it may not bill an IXC for terminating switched access tandem switching or terminating switched access transport for any traffic between its terminating end office (or equivalent) and the associated access tandem switch. 

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Topics: Lifeline, National Security, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Access Arbitrage, FCC’s Universal Service Fund and TRS Fund, FCC Debarment and Suspension Rules

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