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The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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220px-Brownofficebuilding_(1)California PUC Announces New President

The California PUC announced its new President, Marybel Batjer.  President Batjer replaces former CPUC President, Michael Picker, who retired from the CPUC after serving as President since 2014. Read More
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Topics: NTIA, 911 Outages, California PUC News Release, CenturyLink Outage, 2019 Spectrum Policy Symposium

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, August 2, 2019

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FCC front viewFCC Establishes New Digital Opportunity Data Collection

At its Open Meeting yesterday, the FCC voted to initiate a new process for collecting fixed broadband data to better pinpoint where broadband service is lacking.  The FCC concluded that there is a compelling and immediate need to develop more granular broadband deployment data to meet this goal, and accordingly, created the new Digital Opportunity Data Collection. This new data collection that will collect geospatial broadband coverage maps from fixed broadband Internet service providers of areas where they make fixed service available. 

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Topics: robocalls, Text Messaging, Digital Opportunity Data Collection, Access 911 from MLTS, 833 Toll Free Auction

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, August 1, 2019

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house and senate bldgsSenate Bill Would Give the FTC Jurisdiction Over Telecom Companies

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Protection from Robocalling Act to combat the dramatic increase in illegal robocalls. The bill amends the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act by removing in its entirety (i.e., not merely for purposes of regulating robocalling activity) the provision that exempts common carriers regulated by the FCC from the FTC’s jurisdiction. 

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Topics: FTC, US Senate, CRTC, IIA, Protection from Robocalling Act, ISP Code of Conduct, Internet Innovation Alliance

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, July 30, 2019

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f0c6f02d5d3b8f6b340468aa12b9eb1eNew Hampshire Enacts Bill Calling for Study on 5G Technology

A recently enacted bill calls for the creation of a Commission to study the environmental and health effects of 5G technology.  The Commission’s study will include earlier generation technologies as well.  The purpose of the study is to examine the advantages and risks associated with 5G technology, with a focus on its environmental impact and potential health effects, particularly on children, fetuses, the elderly, and those with existing health compromises.

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Topics: robocalls, Federal Trade Commission, 5G Technology, New Hampshire Study on 5G Technology, National DNC Registry, telemarketing calls

Checking In @ The FCC - The August 2019 Open Meeting

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when-opportunity-knocksIs Opportunity Knocking?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the August 1, 2019 meeting is “When Opportunity Knocks” and draws from various movie and television sequels in the pop culture landscape.  The focus this month will be on several items intended to close the digital divide.  The “tentpole” of this effort is a proposal to adopt the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund intended to connect millions more rural homes and small businesses to high-speed broadband networks.  The FCC wants to build on the success of the Connect America Fund Phase II reverse auction.  Another item will focus on updating the way Form 477 data is collected through the Digital Opportunity Data Collection, an all-new approach to mapping that will collect granular broadband availability maps from service providers using shapefiles.  Read More
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Topics: high-cost universal service support, caller ID spoofing, #CheckingIn@TheFCC, FCC August Open Meeting, reporting on Form 477, FCC CAF Phase II, Kari’s Law/RAY BAUM’S Act, MLTS Calls to 911, Sunsetting the Form 477

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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FTC bldgFTC Imposes Record $5 Billion Fine Against Facebook

In a press release, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Facebook, Inc. will pay a record-breaking $5 billion penalty, and submit to new restrictions and a modified corporate structure that will hold the company accountable for the decisions it makes about its users’ privacy, to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company violated a 2012 FTC order by deceiving users about their ability to control the privacy of their personal information.

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Topics: privacy, 2012 FTC Order, FTC Chairman Joe Simons, personal information harvesting, FCC Urban Rate Surveys

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Alabama_State_Capitol_front_Apr2009Alabama Awards $1.14 Million in Broadband Grants

Governor Kay Ivey on Monday announced she has awarded more than $1.14 million in grants to provide access to high-speed internet in several Alabama communities.  The six grants are the second round of awards presented by Gov. Ivey under the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund.  In the latest round, some providers were awarded more than one grant to provide service in different areas.

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Topics: rural broadband, high-speed internet, Alabama Broadband Grants, FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, Default Robocall Blocking Services Inquiry

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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2013 BB Map New YorkNew York to get $39.2 Million in Federal Funding

The FCC announced authorization of over $39.2 million in federal funding over the next decade to expand broadband to 15,442 unserved rural New York homes and businesses, in partnership with the state’s New NY Broadband Program.  Providers will begin receiving funding this month.

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Topics: rural broadband, NY Broadband Program, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, CSRIC VII Membership

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, July 15, 2019

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FCC's PaiFCC Chairman Pai Statement on SHAKEN/STIR Robocall Summit

In a release, Chairman Pai issued a statement on the FCC’s recent SHAKEN/STIR Robocall Summit.  Chairman Pai stated in part:

“The summit was productive, and we received generally encouraging signs that companies are headed toward full implementation of the SHAKEN/STIR caller ID authentication framework.”

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Topics: robocalls, SHAKEN/STIR, CAF II Support

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, July 12, 2019

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OR State Cap BldgOregon Enacts Inmate Service Provider Law

Oregon has enacted a new law that governs telephone services provided to inmates.  Among other things, the new law: specifies what fee or commission the Department of Corrections (DOC) can receive from an inmate services provider (Provider); provides for per minute rate caps;

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Topics: Inmate Service Providers, Connecticut Consumer Privacy Task Force, California Consumer Privacy Act, Oregon Legislation

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