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The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, April 4, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

Rural Broadband w tablet imageFCC Announces Authorization for CAF II Winning Bidders

The FCC announced it is ready to authorize Connect America Fund Phase II auction (Auction 903) support for the Auction 903 winning bids identified in Attachment A.  To be authorized to receive the total 10-year support amounts the bidders must submit acceptable irrevocable standby letter(s) of credit and Bankruptcy Code opinion letter(s) from their legal counsel for each state where they have winning bids that are ready to be authorized prior to 6:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. 

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Topics: CAF II Auction, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel, Auction 903, STIR/SHAKEN, US Senate Robocall Hearings

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

orielly-bio-pageFCC’s O’Reilly on USF Budgetary Cap

In a blog posting, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly shared this thoughts on an item circulating among the Commissioners that would establish an overall cap on the federal USF program.  He said, in part: “[a]lot of foolish policy ideas are floated in Washington, DC, so it’s fortuitous when the federal government undertakes thoughtful and sensible policy reform. 

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Topics: USF Budgetary Cap, US Internet Broadband Privacy Practices

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

dome and flagSenators Want to Designate April as National 9-1-1 Education Month

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Richard Burr (R-NC), co-chairs of the Next Generation 911 Caucus, introduced a resolution designating April 2019 as “National 9–1–1 Education Month.”  The resolution also urges governmental officials, parents, teachers, school administrators, caregivers, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the people of the United States to observe the month with appropriate ceremonies, training events, and activities. Among other things, the resolution suggests programs to promote proper use of 9–1–1 could include  (1) public awareness events, including conferences, media outreach, and training activities for parents, teachers, school administrators, other caregivers, and businesses;  (2) educational events in schools and other appropriate venues; and (3) production and distribution of information about the 9–1–1 system designed to educate people of all ages on the importance and proper use of 9–1–1.

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Topics: Net Neutrality, US Congress Energy and Commerce Committee, National 9-1-1 Education Month, Save the Internet Act, 4Q2018 Inflation Adjustment for Cable Operators

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, April 1, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

US Capitol-2-1US Congress E-Frontier Act

U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) have reintroduced the Eliminate From Regulators Opportunities to Nationalize The Internet in Every Respect Act (E-FRONTIER Act). This bipartisan legislation would put into place protections for commercial 5G broadband networks from nationalization without the explicit authorization from Congress. 

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Topics: E-Frontier Act, FCC 39GHz Webinar

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, March 29, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

Virginia Gen Assembly State-Capitol-3Virginia Passes Broadband Bill

The Virginia legislature has enacted a bill that extends the expiration of the Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2021.  The bill also repeals the expiration of the Broadband Advisory Council, and alters and expands from 14 to 17 its total membership.  Read More
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Topics: Online Sales Tax Legislation, Virginia Broadband Bill

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, March 28, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

jnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccoolUS Congress Secure 5G and Beyond Act

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Richard Burr (R-NC) and (D-VA), announced the introduction of the Secure 5G and Beyond Act. This legislation would require the President to develop a strategy to ensure the security of next-gen mobile telecommunications systems and infrastructure in the United States, as well as to assist allies in maximizing the security of their systems, infrastructure, and software. 

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Topics: US Congress, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, West Virginia Small Cell Legislation, Secure 5G and Beyond Act

Checking In @ The FCC - The April Open Meeting

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large ajit-paiWhat will the FCC be tackling next?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the April meeting is “The Next Big Thing,” taken from a Vince Gill song. Vince GillChairman Pai explains that the first part of the agenda takes inspiration from the refrain that “[e]verybody's waiting for the next big thing, “which, for the Chairman’s purpose, is 5G, the “next big thing in wireless.” 

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Topics: Checking In @ The FCC, #CheckingIn@TheFCC, FCC Open Meeting for April, Cutting the cord, OTARD, UNE Forbearance Petition

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

NY PSC 2New York Acts on Wireless Pole Attachment Petition

The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) has partially granted a petition by CTIA – The Wireless Association (CTIA) which requested that the PSC determine if its existing pole attachment rules apply to wireless communications providers.

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Topics: CTIA, New York Pole Attachment Petition, Wyoming Rights-of-Way, FTC 2018 Annual Highlights Report

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

fine_0-600x432-1FTC Settles with Robocallers

The FCC announced it has settled with four different entities responsible for bombarding consumers nationwide with billions of unwanted and illegal robocalls pitching auto warranties, debt-relief services, home security systems, fake charities, and Google search results services.  The FTC accused them of violating the FTC Act and the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), including its Do Not Call (DNC) provisions. 

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Topics: FTC Act, FTC Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, Robocallers, next-generation infrastructure

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, March 25, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

Virginia Gen Assembly State-Capitol-3Virginia Enacts Bill Establishing Broadband Pilot Program

The Virginia legislature has passed a bill that requires the State Corporation Commission to establish pilot programs under which two electric companies can provide broadband capacity to nongovernmental Internet service providers in areas that are unserved by broadband.  The costs for the proposals of the utilities are each capped at $60 million annually. 

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Topics: FCC Open Meeting for April, Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection, Virginia Broadband Pilot Program

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