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The Regulatory Mix - Friday, August 23, 2019

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robocall device51 State Attorneys General and 12 Major Carriers Announce Anti-Robocall Principles

In a press release the Attorney General of North Carolina announced they joined 50 other Attorneys General and 12 phone companies to create a set of principles aimed at thwarting illegal robocalls.  In the release the AG advised that the phone companies have agreed to adopt eight principles to fight illegal robocalls.

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Topics: FTC, SHAKEN/STIR, Anti-Robocall Principles, 2020 DNC Registry Fees

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, August 22, 2019

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AR PSCArkansas Robocalling Workshop Agenda

The Arkansas Public Service Commission announced the Agenda for its Educational Workshop to be held on August 22-23, 2019, beginning at 10:00 a.m. each day, in the Hearing Room of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, 1000 Center Street, Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Topics: robocalling, Arkansas Workshop, Maine Net Neutrality

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, August 16, 2019

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FCC front viewFCC Recommends Designating 988 as the Dialing Code for the Suicide Prevention Hotline

The FCC announced that its Staff sent a Report Congress which recommends that the FCC consider designating 988 as the 3-digit dialing code to be used for a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.  The report, mandated by the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, finds that such a 3-digit number “would likely make it easier for Americans in crisis to access potentially life-saving resources.” 

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, BroadbandUSA, National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, 988

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, August 15, 2019

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pai and FCC ShieldFCC’s Pai on Implementing Caller ID Authentication

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement in reaction to news that AT&T and T-Mobile are beginning to roll out the exchange of call authentication information between their two networks based on the SHAKEN/STIR framework.

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, SHAKEN/STIR, Caller ID Authentication, FCC Fraud Division

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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Main PUC sealMaine Announces Federal Grant for 911 Enhancements

The Maine PUC announced it has received a $680,741 Federal Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Commerce to improve 911 location information in Maine.  Maine is one of 34 states to receive federal funding to advance the development of next generation 911 systems.

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Topics: NG911, FCC Chairman Pai, Sprint T-Mobile Merger, FCC Form 396-C, Maine 911 Enhancements

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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dept of commerce entranceDepartment of Commerce 911 Grants

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced more than $109 million in grants to 34 states and two tribal nations as part of the 911 Grant Program, which will help 911 call centers upgrade to Next Generation 911 (NG911) capabilities. 

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Topics: NG911, CMRS, PSAPs, FCC Broadband Funding, public safety answering points, ITSP, 911 Grants, FCC Regulatory Fee Data

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, August 12, 2019

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Indiana-Capital-Building-4-e1560532955247Indiana Governor Announces Over $22 Million in Broadband Funding

The Governor of Indiana announced  $22.1 million in funding for 11 broadband expansion infrastructure projects across the state as a part of the initial round of the Next Level Broadband program.  This funding will provide broadband infrastructure to more than 4,800 homes and commercial locations in 12 counties.

The $100 million Next Level Broadband program is the largest single state investment in broadband. For the initial round of funding, service providers could apply for up to $5 million per project to expand service to unserved areas if they provided at least a 20 percent match.

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Topics: Indiana Broadband Funding, NTIA Broadband Webinars, Practical Broadband Conversations webinar series, BroadbandUSA

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, August 9, 2019

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ITIF logoITIF Report Says GDPR-Style Data Privacy Law Would Cost U.S. Economy $122 Billion Per Year

In a recent Report the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) found that federal legislation mirroring key provisions of either the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) could cost the U.S. economy approximately $122 billion per year.

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Topics: FCC Form 477, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, GDPR, ITIF, CRTC 2019 Communications Monitoring Report

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, August 8, 2019

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Arkansas CapitalArkansas Governor Announces $25 Million in Broadband Grant Funding

The Governor of Arkansas has announced “Arkansas Rural Connect,” a new $25 million grant program within the Arkansas State Broadband Office. Governor Hutchinson made the announcement while speaking to the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association in Rogers.  The goal is to provide high-speed broadband to rural communities throughout Arkansas by 2022, as outlined in the State Broadband Plan released in May.

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Topics: EAS System, Arkansas Broadband Grants, Eligible E-Rate Services, Arkansas Rural Connect

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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Rosenworcel photo casual podcastFCC’s Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast

FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel announced the release of a special episode of her podcast, Broadband Conversations.  The episode was recorded in front of a live audience and features Congresswoman Sharice Davids and Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer. Both women serve on the Small Business Committee and both have also made history; Davids is the first openly LGBTQ Kansan elected to Congress and one of the first female Native Americans elected to Congress in our nation’s history.

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Topics: multichannel video programming distributors, FCC 911 Reliability Certification System, MVPD, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Broadband Conversations Podcast, FCC Form 396-C, Covered 911 Service Providers

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