FCC Sets Rules for Transitioning Legacy CAF Support
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established a transition framework to phase-down Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase I frozen support (Frozen Support) in areas where support was awarded pursuant to the CAF Phase II Auction (Auction Support).
International Circuit Capacity Data,
Hearing on Data Privacy and Security
US Congress Truth in Billing Legislation
Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) introduced the Truth-In-Billing, Remedies, and User Empowerment over Fees (‘TRUE Fees’) Act, legislation that requires phone, cable and Internet providers to include all charges in the prices they advertise for services. This includes any some taxes, administrative fees, equipment rental fees, or other charges.
Internet Privacy Hearings,
GAO Report on Internet Privacy
Broadband Milestone Report Released by NTIA
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a report that outlines a vision for how the Federal Government can increase broadband access and actions that various Federal Agencies are taking to increase private-sector investment in broadband.
Broadband Milestone Report,
FCC 477 Data,
DOI Rural Tower Map,
Internet Privacy Report,
U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee
FCC Votes to Expand Anti-Spoofing Rules
At its Open Meeting today, the FCC voted to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking banning illegal spoofed text messages and international calls. The rules would enable the FCC to address consumer concerns about unwanted text messages and scam calls from overseas. Unwanted calls—including malicious spoofed calls and illegal robocalls—are the top consumer complaint the FCC receives each year, accounting for over 60% of the total complaints received.
Anti-Spoofing Provisions of the RAY BAUM’S Act,
Connect Amercia Fund,
Caller ID Authentication
Senators Renew Questions About Throttling
Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have written to the FCC to demand an investigation into several mobile carriers’ throttling and inadequate disclosures to customers. In responses the Senators’ earlier letters, the carriers denied that they selectively impair or degrade video streaming.
NG911 Grant Funding
NECA 's Proposed 2019 Modification of Average Schedule Formulas
The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau is seeking comment on the National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc.’s (NECA) proposed modification of average schedule formulas. NECA proposes to revise the formulas for average schedule interstate settlement disbursements in connection with the provision of interstate access services for the period beginning July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.
Average Schedule Formulas,
NECA Average Schedule,
Security Risks to Emerging 5G Networks,
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel,
e-Connectivity Resource Guide,
Department of Agriculture,
US Congress Robocalling Bill
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) reintroduced the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (HR 946). The bill would direct the FCC to enact strong consumer protections for authorized calls and empower the FCC with strong enforcement tools to reign in robocallers. The legislation would also ensure that consumers have the ability to stop calls they’d previously authorized and require incoming calls to have authentic caller identification information before they are delivered to customers.
Stopping Bad Robocalls Act,
Wireless Emergency Alert System
US Congress FCC Oversight
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai requesting information and documents related to the FCC’s current workload, the work of its bureaus and offices, and the FCC’s interactions with the public through its handling of consumer complaints and Freedom of Information Act requests. Pallone and Doyle told Pai that the Committee will be reassuming its traditional role of oversight to ensure the agency is acting in the best interest of the public and consistent with its legislative authority.
House Energy and Commerce,
US House FCC Oversight,
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr,
National Association of Tower Erectors’,
Wireless Infrastrucure Deployment
FCC Starks on Open Internet aka Restoring Internet Freedom Oral Argument
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks offered the following statement after the February 1, 2019, oral argument in Mozilla v. FCC, the appeal of the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order. “Today in federal court, this FCC is attempting to explain why it ignored the evidence before it and hastily abandoned the carefully crafted, common sense Open Internet framework established in 2015. In the process, it ignored the will of millions of people who made their support for a free and open Internet crystal clear. Like many others, I am paying close attention.
FCC Restoring Internet Freedom Order,
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks,
US Senator Ed Markey,
Video Description Marketplace