US President Issues Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence
President Donald Trump has issued an Executive Order launching the American Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative. The Initiative will be coordinated through the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence (Select Committee).
FTC CAN-SPAM Rule
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced today that it has completed its first review of the CAN-SPAM Rule, which establishes requirements for commercial e-mail messages and gives recipients the right to opt out of receiving them. The FTC voted to keep the Rule with no changes. The Rule requires that a commercial e-mail contain accurate header and subject lines, identify itself as an advertisement, include a valid physical address, and offer recipients a way to opt out of future messages.
Federal Trade Commission,
Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim,
Department of Justice
US Congress Hearing on Sprint/T-Mobile Merger
The House Energy and Commerce and Judiciary Committees announced their subcommittees on Communications and Technology and Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law will hold a joint hearing on the T-Mobile and Sprint merger on Wednesday, February 13. The joint hearing will examine the merger’s potential impacts on consumers, workers and the wireless industry. While the complete list of hearing participants is still being confirmed, T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint Executive Chairman Marcelo Claure have both agreed to testify.
U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee,
U.s. House Judiciary Committee,
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology,
Sprint T-Mobile Merger,
USL Applications and Notification,
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel,
FCC to Hold January Open Meeting in Spite of Shutdown
The FCC announced that it will still hold it’s meeting on January 30, 2019, but due to the current partial lapse in appropriations, the items previously set forth in the Tentative Agenda released on January 3, 2019, will not be considered at the meeting. The FCC noted that if the lapse in appropriations continues through January 29, 2019, the meeting will be held by conference call. However, if the lapse in appropriations ends before January 29, 2019, and the FCC resumes normal operations by that date, then the meeting will be held in person at the FCC. However, regardless of appropriations, the meeting will only consist of Commission announcements. The Communications Act requires the FCC to meet at least once a month.
FCC January Open Meeting,
FTC Robocall Protections,
Restoring Internet Freedom,
Online Data Privacy Bill Introduced by Senators Kennedy and Klobuchar
U.S. Senators John Kennedy (R-LA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced the introduction the Social Media Privacy and Consumer Rights Act. The legislation is intended to protect the privacy of consumers’ online data, improve transparency, strengthen consumers’ recourse options when a breach of data occurs, and ensure companies are compliant with privacy policies that protect consumers.
Social Media Privacy and Consumer Rights Act,
US Senator John Kennedy (R-LA),
US Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN),
Equipment Authorization System
Court Denies Motion to Delay Oral Arguments in Net Neutrality Challenge
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied the FCC’s motion to postpone oral arguments in the challenge to the agency’s Restoring Internet Freedom (RIF) order. In a previous filing the FCC cited that the lapse in its funding as well as the Department of Justice were the reasons why the arguments should be postponed. The Court stated that oral argument is still scheduled for February 1, 2019. The Court’s website states that oral arguments on the calendar for the month of January and February will go on as scheduled in spite of the government shutdown.
American Data Dissemination Act,
Privacy Act of 1974,
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,
Senator Edward Markey,
Senator John Thune,
Senator Marco Rubio,
US Court of Appeals
FirstNet Adds 50,000 Square Miles of LTE Coverage
FirstNet announced that it has increased LTE coverage area for the AT&T network and FirstNet public safety communications platform by more than 50,000 square miles nationwide, covering an additional 1 million individuals. The added LTE coverage is a result of their ongoing network build initiatives to expand and enhance connectivity for consumers and first responders in both urban and rural areas – on both indoor and outdoor sites.
Oregon Retail Service Quality,
service rules for telecommunications providers,
Universal Service Fund,
Utah Rural Telecom Association,
Utah Universal Service Fund,
Iowa Declines to Adopt Rate Caps for Inmate Calling Services
The Iowa Utilities Board (Board) has declined to adopt new inmate calling service (ICS) rules, including rate caps. Significantly, the Board found that most companies providing ICS in Iowa qualify as alternative operator service (AOS) companies, which are subject to Board regulation. As such, they must file tariffs with the Board for review and approval, which provides a flexible process to review the terms and costs of service.
inmate calling services rate cap,
Michigan UNE/Local Interconnection,
Sprint T-Mobile Merger,
Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Regarding Technology Threats from China
The Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Committee member Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation to help combat tech-specific threats to national security posed by foreign actors like China and ensure U.S. technological supremacy by improving interagency coordination across the U.S. government.
FCC January Open Meeting Agenda,
Office of Critical Technologies & Security,
Anti-Spoofing Provisions of the RAY BAUM’S Act,
Transitioning to CAF Phase II Auction Support,
Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service,
Elimination of Form 397,
“10G” Broadband Initiative,
Vermont Petition to Investigate 911 Management
Today: FCC Shutdown Plans, Maine Adopts Rule to Assist PSAP Consolidation, FCC Extends Separation Freeze, U.S. Senate Passes READI Act
FCC Shutdown Plan,
Maine Rules on PSAP Consolidation,
public safety answering points,
separation freeze for rate-of-return carrier,
Emergency Alert System,