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The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: Florida Competition Report Shows Customers Choosing New Services, Hawaii  Further Extends Prohibition On Disconnects/Late Fees During COVID-1,Washington Governor Prohibits Residential Disconnections During COVID-19

 

FLReport CoverFlorida Competition Report Shows Customers Choosing New Services

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) announced the results of its annual Report on the Status of Competition in the Telecommunications Industry.

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Topics: Florida Competition Report, Hawaii Prohibition on Disconnects/Late Fees, Washington Residential Disconnects

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, July 31, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: Nebraska Opens Window for Wireless Infrastructure Grant Program, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast

 

TRS from shutterstockNebraska Opens Window for Wireless Infrastructure Grant Program

In a recent opinion, the Nebraska PSC opened a grant window for its wireless infrastructure grant program.  The PSC found that the amount made available for the 2020 grant application cycle should be set at $5.2 million. The application window for the next round of grants should open on August 10, 2020 and extend through October 1, 2020.

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Topics: FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel, Broadband Conversations, Nebraska Wireless Infrastructure

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, July 30, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court Ruling Reversing PUC's DAS Order, FCC Chairman Circulates Order to Ensure Predictable Increases in Mobile Broadband Provided Through Lifeline Program

 

court columnsPennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court Ruling Reversing PUC’s DAS Order

In June 2018, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania reversed the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) March 2017 Distributed Antennae Systems (DAS) Order.  The Court determined that DAS network operators’ transport service is a telecommunications service under PA law even though Wireless Service Providers (WSP) use it to transmit a service not regulated by the PUC (i.e. CMRS).  The Court decided that DAS network operators are a public utility, reversed the PUC’s March 2017 decision, and returned jurisdiction to the PUC to issue certificates of public convenience (CPC) to providers of DAS.

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Topics: Pennsylvania DAS Order, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Mobile Broadband Provided Through Lifeline Program

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, July 24, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Chairman Pai Makes Statement on 30th Anniversary of ADA, Colorado Revises 911 Law

 

pai-bio-page-10242018 (1)FCC Chairman Pai Makes Statement on 30th Anniversary of ADA

Chairman Pai issued a press release, marking the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H. W. Bush.

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Topics: ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act, Colorado 911 Law

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, July 17, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Designates 988 As 3-Digit Number for National Suicide Prevention Hotline, FCC Revises Broadband Mapping Requirements, FCC Adopts Robocall Safe Harbors, FCC Implements Secured Network Act, FCC Finalizes Wireless 911 Location Accuracy Rules

 

 

DyLQMV-VAAA-vMKFCC Designates 988 As 3-Digit Number for National Suicide Prevention Hotline

At its Open Meeting, the FCC voted to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. The rules require all phone service providers to direct all 988 calls to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by July 16, 2022.  This includes all telecommunications carriers as well as all interconnected and one-way VoIP service providers. Under the new rules, calls to 988 will be directed to 1-800-273-TALK, which will remain operational during the 988 transition and after it is completed.

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Topics: Broadband Mapping, 988 Suicide Prevention Hotline, Wireless 911 Location Accuracy Rules, Robocall Safe Harbors, Secured Network Act

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, July 9, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Waives ETRS Form One Filing Requirement Due To COVID-19, FCC Closes Filing Window, US Congress Broadband Adoption and Opportunity Act

 

FCC Waives ETRS Form One Filing Requirement Due To COVID-19

FCC entrance shutterstock-1The FCC has waived the requirement that Emergency Alert System (EAS) participants file identifying information in the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) this year.

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Topics: ETRS, Broadband Funding, U.S. Congress, COVID-19

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, June 11, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces Tenth Set of Approved COVID-19 Telehealth Program  Applications, Washington Adopts New Universal Service Rules for Broadband Support

2020 FCC SealFCC Announces Tenth Set of Approved COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications

The FCC announced the approval of an additional 67 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program.  Health care providers in both urban and rural areas of the country will use the newly approved $20.18 million in funding to provide telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, FCC Telehealth Program, COVID-19, Washington Universal Rules, Washington Broadband Support

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Issues Record Robocalling Fine, FCC To Modernize Rules For Additional Millimeter-Wave Spectrum Bands

 

robocall device-1FCC Issues Record Robocalling Fine; Seven Attorneys General File Suit

The FCC has proposed a $225 million fine against Texas-based health insurance telemarketers for apparently making approximately 1 billion illegally spoofed robocalls.

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Topics: FCC June Open Meeting, Robocalling Fines, Millimeter-Wave Spectrum Bands

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Adopts Final Bidding Procedures For Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, FCC Commissioner Announces Digital Opportunity Equity Recognition Program

 

 

FCC meeting room-1-1FCC Adopts Final Bidding Procedures For Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

At its Open Meeting today, the FCC voted to adopt procedures for Phase I of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction (Auction 904), which will award up to $16 billion in support over 10 years for the deployment of fixed broadband networks to millions of unserved homes and businesses across rural America.

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Topics: FCC June Open Meeting, RDOF, 5G Deployment, Wireless Infrastructure Upgrades, Digital Opportunity Equity Recognition Program, ETC Reporting Requirements

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, June 8, 2020

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Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC E-Rate Funding Guidance, FCC Seeks Comment on 5G Fund Adjustment Factor

 

2020 FCC SealFCC E-Rate Funding Guidance 

The FCC has issued guidance to USAC on E-rate Competitive Bidding Rules for FY 2020.  Specifically, it reiterated the guidance previously communicated to USAC regarding the treatment of E-Rate applications for which the applicant mistakenly selected a drop-down menu option on its FCC Form 470 that did not fully reflect the services for which it intended to seek bids.

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Topics: USAC, E-Rate Program Funding, FCC Form 470, 5g fund adjustment factor

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