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The Regulatory Mix – Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix:  Connecticut Requires Free Telecommunications Services for Incarcerated Persons, Pennsylvania PUC Lowers TRS Surcharge, Texas Governor Vetoes Universal Service Fund Bill, FCC Offers Guidance on Connected Care Pilot Program and Announces 36 Newly Approved Project

Connecticut Requires Free Telecommunications Services for Incarcerated Persons  

Connecticut became the first state to require free telecommunications services for anyone confined to a correctional facility. 

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The Regulatory Mix – Monday, June 21, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: USAC Announces Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Updates

 

USAC Announces EBB Program Updates 

USAC issued its June newsletter regarding the status of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program).  On June 15, 2021, USAC launched the Check Application Status tool.

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The Regulatory Mix – Friday, June 18, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Reaffirms $2.8 Million Fine of Drone Device Marketer,  NTIA Creates First Interactive “Indicators of Broadband Need” Map,  Texas Governor Signs Bill to Expand Broadband Service 

FCC Reaffirms $2.8 Million Fine of Drone Device Marketer 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has denied a petition from HobbyKing asking the agency to reconsider its $2,861,128 fine for marketing drone transmitters that did not comply with FCC equipment marketing rules. An FCC investigation found that dozens of devices marketed by the company transmitted in unauthorized radio frequency bands and, in some cases, operated at excessive power levels.  

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The Regulatory Mix – Thursday, June 17, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: $40 Billion BRIDGE Act Introduced, Commissioner Carr Praises Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen America’s National Security, FCC to Open Portal for Institutions to Alert the Enforcement Bureau About Robocall and Spoofing Campaigns,  Landline Phone Use to See a 2.25 Percent Savings on Monthly Bills in Georgia 

$40 Billion BRIDGE Act Introduced 

Senators Michael Bennet (D., Colo.), Angus King (I., Maine), and Rob Portman (R., Ohio) announced the introduction of the Broadband Reform and Investment to Drive Growth in the Economy (BRIDGE) Act. 

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The Regulatory Mix – Wednesday, June 16, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces Emergency Connectivity Fund Overview Webinar, Florida Sets Relay System Annual Budget, NTIA Releases Updated Comprehensive Guide to Federal Broadband Funding

 

FCC Announces Emergency Connectivity Fund Overview Webinar 

The FCC (Commission) announced that on Friday, June 25 starting at 2:00 p.m. EDT, the Commission will host a virtual webinar to provide information on the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), on fcc.gov/live. Registration is not required for the event.

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The Regulatory Mix – Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: Federal Judge Temporarily Halts the Affordable Internet Program in New York, FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test 

 

Federal Judge Temporarily Halts the Affordable Internet Program in New York 

A federal judge issued a temporary injunction against New York’s recently enacted Affordable Broadband Act that was to go in effect on June 15, 2021. The act requires internet service providers that serve New York to provide high-speed Internet to low-income families for $15 a month.

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The Regulatory Mix – Monday, June 14, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: Frontier Seeks Relief from the Affordable Internet Program in New York, FCC Announces Third Quarter USF Factor

Frontier Seeks Relief from the Affordable Internet Program in New York

Frontier New York has filed a motion for a declaratory ruling with the Public Service Commission (PSC) that its digital subscriber line (DSL) service is exempt from the requirements of the recently enacted Affordable Internet Program. 

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The Regulatory Mix – Thursday, June 10, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: Nebraska PSC Opens Broadband Docket, Vermont Enacts New Broadband Law, FCC Seeks Comment on Proposal to Shorten Timeframe for Certain Small Providers to Implement STIR/SHAKEN

 

Nebraska PSC Opens Broadband Docket 

The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) announced that it had opened a docket to initiate the implementation of the Nebraska Broadband Bridge Act. Signed into law on May 26, the act provides grants to fund the deployment of broadband networks in unserved and underserved. 

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The Regulatory Mix – Wednesday, June 9, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Exceeds 2.3 Million Households, The FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment June 24 Agenda Released 

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Exceeds 2.3 Million Households 

The FCC announced that over 2.3 million households have enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) in only three weeks.  Over 1000 broadband providers are participating in the program, which offers discounts to qualifying customers on their monthly internet bills.

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The Regulatory Mix – Monday, June 7, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix:  Broadband Grants in South Dakota, FCC Secures Commitments from Wireless Carriers to Deliver 911 Vertical Location Information, Oregon Electric Co-ops to Provide Broadband


Broadband Grants in South Dakota 

Governor Kristi Noem (R.) announced that 18 new grants, totaling $26 million, have been awarded to fund broadband projects to better connect unserved and underserved areas across South Dakota.

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