FCC IP Captioned Phone Service
At its November 22, 2019 Open Meeting the FCC voted to broaden the support mechanism for Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS)and replace interim funding structures without affecting the total contributions needed to support the service.
IP Captioned Phone Service,
DS1 and DS3 loop unbundling obligations,
DS1 and DS3 transport unbundling,
Wireless Location Accuracy Rules
FCC December Open Meeting
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced the tentative agenda for the FCC’s December 12, 2019, Open Meeting. It includes the following items:
- VoIP Symmetry – An Order on Remand and Declaratory Ruling that would promote continued investment in IP-based networks by clarifying that a local exchange carrier partnering with a VoIP provider may assess end office switched access charges only if the carrier or its VoIP partner provides a physical connection to the last-mile facilities used to serve the end user.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai,
FCC December Open Meeting,
988: Suicide Prevention Hotline Number,
cable service change notification,
FM Station Licensing
FCC’s Starks on Network Security
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks released a Report on the results of an FCC workshop held in June 2019 regarding the security threats that stem from the presence of certain Chinese communications equipment in US networks. The workshop contained three panels: Find It, Fix It, and Fund it. According to Starks, a “major takeaway from the workshop is that our networks must only contain equipment from trusted sources. When evaluating the security of a piece of communications networking equipment we should not ask “do I trust this piece of equipment” but instead, “do I trust the manufacturer?”
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks,
Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force,
NARUC Broadband Agenda,
Chinese-manufactured communications equipment,
GAO Report Calls on FCC to Combat Fraud in the High-Cost Program
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report recommending that the FCC take additional action to prevent fraud and implement an anti-fraud strategy for the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) high-cost program, which provides $4.5 billion annually to support broadband service in high-cost areas.
US Congress FCC Oversight Hearing,
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
USDA Awards over $40 Million in Missouri, Iowa
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it has invested $41.6 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for rural households and farms in Missouri and Southern Iowa. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s Reconnect Pilot Program investments.
The Regulatory Mix,
U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee,
USDA's Reconnect Pilot Program,
Broadband DATA Act,
Network Security Information Sharing Act of 2019,
Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2019,
Television Viewer Protection Act
House & Senate Announce Agreement on Anti-Robocall Bill
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet Chairman John Thune (R-SD), Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR), Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA), and Ranking Member Bob Latta (R-OH) announced that they have come to an agreement in principle on legislation, the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act, to combat the robocall epidemic:
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology,
FCC November Open Meeting,
US House Energy and Commerce Committee,
Wireless E911 Location Accuracy,
Auction For C-Band Licenses
FCC Revises Lifeline Program
The FCC has announced various reforms to its Lifeline program. The Order eliminates the Lifeline Broadband Provider ETC category and the process for designation of broadband-only ETCs by the FCC. Instead, states will make such designations. Other reforms adopted in the order included:
CAF II Auction,
FCC LIfeline Program,
Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
Washington Approves over $4 Million in Rural Telecommunications Funding
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) announced state regulators approved more than $4 million in state communications funding for small telecommunications companies, enabling continued telephone access in rural communities throughout Washington.
833 Toll Free Code Auction,
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel,
Washington Rural Telecommunications Funding,
high-cost rural telecom,
US House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Markup
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) announced that the Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a markup on Thursday, November 14, at 11:30 am, to consider over half a dozen pieces of legislation related to broadband mapping, spectrum sharing, promoting 5G networks and network security. They will also consider a bill to reauthorize a media law to provide greater transparency and rights to consumers, including subscribers of Internet service providers and fixed and mobile telephone providers.
U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee,
House Communications and Technology Subcommittee,
House Seeks Update on Location Data-Sharing Probe
Eleven Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats sent a letter to FCC Chairman expressing growing concern that the FCC is failing to protect consumers’ privacy by refusing to hold wireless carriers accountable for unauthorized disclosures of consumers’ real-time location data. The members asked Chairman Pai to provide them with an update on the FCC’s investigation by November 29, 2019.
Missouri Broadband Grants