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The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, April 18, 2019

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FCC front doors angle-1FCC Auction 102 Clock Phase Concludes

The FCC announced  that bidding in the clock phase of the 24 GHz band auction (Auction 102) concluded on April 17, 2019, following round  91.  Gross proceeds in the clock phase reached just over $1.988 billion, and bidders won 2,904 of 2,909, or more than 99.8% of, available licenses.  Winning bidders will now have the opportunity to bid for frequency-specific licenses in the assignment phase of Auction 102. 

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Topics: 24 GHz band auction, toll free numbers, Auction 102 Clock, Partial Economic Area, PEA, 833 Toll Free Numbers

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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rosenworcel-bio-page-09122018Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast with Former 911 Operator

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel announced the release of her latest Broadband Conversations podcast with her with her guest, Congresswoman Norma Torres—the only 911 operator serving in Congress. Congresswoman Torres spent 17 years as a 911 operator for the Los Angeles Police Department.  Rosenworcel said: “Before a whistle on a fire station blows, an ambulance races, or an air horn blares, it is a 911 professional who takes in a call and sets emergency response in motion.

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Topics: USAC, E-rate Program, USF Funds, FCC Broadband Conversations Podcast, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Lifeline Fraud, FCC Office of the Inspector General, 911 Operators

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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FTC-2-3FTC Charges Telemarketer for Making Illegal and Unsolicited Calls

The FTC issued a press release advising that it has charged a telemarketing operation and its owners with making millions of illegal, unsolicited calls about educational programs to consumers who submitted their contact information to websites promising help with job searches, public benefits, and other unrelated programs. 

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Topics: FTC, cybersecurity, Privacy Bill of Rights Act, Illegal and Unsolicited Calls

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, April 15, 2019

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chairman pai relaxedFCC’s Pai on 5G FAST Plan

At a White House event last week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai spoke about outlined the FCC’s 5G FAST Plan and the progress made so far to implement that plan.  With respect to the first part of the strategy, freeing up spectrum, he noted that the FCC finished its first 5G spectrum auction in January, and is holding a second right now that’s already generated almost $2 billion in bids. 

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Topics: FCC 5G Spectrum Auction, high-band millimeter wave spectrum, FCC Cable Channel Lineup Rules, 5G FAST Plan, FCC Rate Floor Rule, OTARD Rule

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, April 12, 2019

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us-capitol-building-and-congressUS Senate Digital Equity Act

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), is the lead sponsor of new legislation aimed at closing the growing digital divide in communities across the country. The Digital Equity Act of 2019 creates new federal investments targeted toward a diverse array of projects at the state and local level that promote “digital equity”— a concept defined by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance as the “condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy.” 

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Topics: NTIA, BROWSER Act, National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Digital Equity Act, Internet Exchange Act

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, April 11, 2019

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orielly-bio-pageFCC’s O’Rielly on 911 Fee Diversion

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly released the text of his letter to the Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island concerning their states diversion of 911 funds.  O’Rielly told the Governors that their three states diverted the most money in both total funding diverted and on a percentage basis, according to the Commission's most recent report.  O’Rielly said “Diversion of 9-1-1 fees is a serious public safety matter…

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Topics: 911 Funds, Diversion of 911 Funds, 911 Fee, Robocalling Outreach

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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dome and flagUS House Passes Save the Internet Act

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement after H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, passed on the floor of the House of Representatives by a vote of 232-190:

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Topics: Net Neutrality, INCOMPAS, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, Save the Internet Act, Enforcement Advisory on Video TV Set-Top Boxes

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, April 8, 2019

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FCC meeting room-1FCC Agenda For April Open Meeting

The FCC announced the final agenda for its April 12, 2019 Open Meeting.  The following items will be considered: Read More
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Topics: FCC Open Meeting for April, 5G Incentive Auction, Fixed Wireless Infrastructure Rules, Specturm Band Rules, US Telecom Partial Forbearance, Rural Phone Rates, Nationwide WEA and EAS Test

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, April 5, 2019

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jnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccoolUS Senate ACCESS BROADBAND Act

Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the ACCESS BROADBAND Act with Senators Doug Jones (D-AL), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).  The companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Susan Brooks (R-Ind).  This bicameral legislation is intended to foster the development and growth of broadband resources for businesses as well as underserved urban and rural communities throughout the country.

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Topics: ACCESS Broadband Act, Broadband Mapping, July 1, 2019 Access Filings, US Senate Hearing on Broadband Mapping

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, April 4, 2019

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Rural Broadband w tablet imageFCC Announces Authorization for CAF II Winning Bidders

The FCC announced it is ready to authorize Connect America Fund Phase II auction (Auction 903) support for the Auction 903 winning bids identified in Attachment A.  To be authorized to receive the total 10-year support amounts the bidders must submit acceptable irrevocable standby letter(s) of credit and Bankruptcy Code opinion letter(s) from their legal counsel for each state where they have winning bids that are ready to be authorized prior to 6:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. 

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Topics: CAF II Auction, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel, Auction 903, STIR/SHAKEN, US Senate Robocall Hearings

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