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The Regulatory Mix - Monday, January 13, 2020

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FTC bldg-1FTC Settles Robocall Complaint 

The FTC announced that three individuals and a telephone call center that helped Florida-based Grand Bahama Cruise Line LLC (GBCL) and others to make millions of illegal robocalls to consumers settled a Federal Trade Commission complaint and are permanently barred from making telemarketing robocalls.

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Topics: Robocall, DIGIT Act, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, Developing and Growing the Internet of Things

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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CRTCCanada Combats Spoofed Calls; Works with FCC and Completes First Official Cross-Border Call Using SHAKEN/STIR 

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced it has taken further steps to combat caller ID spoofing and determine the origins of nuisance calls. The CRTC expects telecommunications service providers will implement STIR/SHAKEN by September 30, 2020.  This is the latest step in the CRTC’s broader efforts to combat nuisance and unsolicited calls.  In the past year, the CRTC has encouraged service providers to offer their customers call-filtering services that provide advanced call-management features.

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Topics: CRTC, SHAKEN/STIR, telemarketing calls, FCC Precision Agriculture Working Group, Spoofed Calls, New York Nuisance Call Act

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, November 8, 2019

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USDA LogoUSDA Announces Broadband Grant in North Carolina 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it has invested $23.7 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for nearly 8,750 rural households in North Carolina.  

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Topics: USDA Broadband Grant, 511 Traveler Help, Colorado 511, Broadband Grant in North Carolina

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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jnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccoolUS House Privacy Legislation 

Congresswomen Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) introduced HR 4978, Online Privacy Act of 2019.  The legislation creates user rights, places obligations on companies to protect users’ data, establishes a new federal agency to enforce privacy protections, and strengthens enforcement of privacy law violations.  Among other things the Act would: 
  • Establish Digital Privacy Agency (DPA), an independent agency led by a Director that would be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate for a five-year term. The DPA will enforce privacy protections and investigate abuses.  It would have funding for up to 1,600 employees and would be authorized to implementing adopt rules and issue fines for violations. 
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Topics: Privacy Legislation, Digital Privacy Agency, Online Privacy Act of 2019, 911 Outage Settlements

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, October 7, 2019

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ag_barr_and_uk_home_secretary_priti_patel_-68_2U.S. and UK Strike Law Enforcement Data Access Agreement 

In a press release, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the United States and the United Kingdom entered into the world’s first ever Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD Act) Agreement that will allow American and British law enforcement agencies, with appropriate authorization, to demand electronic data regarding serious crime, including terrorism, child sexual abuse, and cybercrime, directly from tech companies based in the other country, without legal barriers. 

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Topics: Robocall, DOJ, Law Enforcement Data Access Agreement, Pennsylvania Telemarketing Law, United Kingdom, cybercrime, CLOUD Act

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, October 4, 2019

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FCC meeting room-1FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for October Meeting 

The FCC has announced the tentative agenda for its October 25, 2019 meeting.  The following items are on the tentative agenda:

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Topics: rural broadband, FCC October Open Meeting, Revitalizing the 800 MHz Band, Tariff Rules Modernization, 911 fee parity

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, October 3, 2019

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PA PUC bulidingPennsylvania PUC Recognizes Cybersecurity Awareness Month 

 

In a press release, the Pennsylvania PUC recognized National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure that consumers have the resources to stay secure online while increasing national resilience against cyberthreats.

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Topics: FCC Broadband Conversations Podcast, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, PA Cybersecurity Awareness, Podcast

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, October 2, 2019

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FTC bldgFTC Agenda for Workshop on COPPA Rule 


The FTC has released the agenda for a workshop it is holding on October 7, 2019.  The workshop will examine the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule in light of evolving business practices and new technology in the online marketplace.  

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Topics: Net Neutrality, FTC Workshop, FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, FCC Restoring Internet Freedom Order, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, COPPA Rule, Children's Online Protection Act

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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court columnsCourt of Appeals Upholds Majority of FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order 

In its decision the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the majority of the FCC’s 2018 Restoring Internet Freedom order with two exceptions.  First, the Court concluded that the FCC’s preemption barring states from imposing more stringent rules or requirements should be vacated.

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Topics: Net Neutrality, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Restoring Internet Freedom Order, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Corporate Responsibility Online

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, September 30, 2019

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KY PSCKentucky TRS Surcharge Proceeding 

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has opened a proceeding to review the TRS fund and to determine whether the TRS surcharge should be adjusted.  Any comments must be filed no later than October 25, 2019.

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Topics: Direct Broadcast Satellite Service, DBS Rules, Consumer Protection Legislation, TRS Surcharges

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