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The Regulatory Mix - Monday, June 10, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC front doors angle-1FCC Authorizes Connect America Fund Phase II Auction Support for 856 Winning Bids

The FCC announced that it has authorized $166.8 million in funding to expand broadband over the next decade to unserved rural homes and businesses in 22 states, representing the second wave of support from last year’s successful Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction. Providers will begin receiving funding this month.

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Topics: rural broadband, broadband, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, CAF Phase II Auction Support

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, June 7, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

us-capitol-building-and-congressUS Senate Oversight Hearing

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced the committee will convene a hearing titled, “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. As part of the Committee’s oversight responsibilities, this hearing will examine policy issues before the Federal Communications Commission and review its ongoing activities and proceedings.  All five FCC Commissioners are expected to testify.

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Topics: broadband, FTC, high-cost support, ISPs, internet service providers, U.S. Senate Oversight of the FCC, Colorado Net Neutrality

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, June 6, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC meeting room-1FCC Affirms Robocall Blocking By Default

At its Open Meeting today, the FCC voted to issue a Declaratory Ruling that affirms that voice service providers may, as the default, block unwanted calls based on reasonable call analytics, as long as their customers are informed and have the opportunity to opt out of the blocking. While many phone companies now offer their customers call blocking tools on an opt-in basis, the Declaratory Ruling clarifies that they can provide them as the default, thus allowing them to protect more consumers from unwanted robocalls and making it more cost-effective to implement call blocking programs. Read More
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Topics: Robocall, Robocall Blocking by Default, Alternative Connect America Model II, Leased Access Rules, A-CAM II

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

rosenworcel-bio-page-09122018Rosenworcel Broadband Conversations Podcast

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel announced the release of her latest episode of Broadband Conversations—the podcast where she talks to leading women in technology, innovation, and media sectors about what’s on their minds, what they are working on, and what they hope for the future of digital life.  The most recent episode features a conversation with Sarah McBride, an activist, author, and one of the most visible voices for trans equality.

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Topics: Broadband Conversation Podcasts, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Auction 101

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC front doors angle-1FCC Announces Auction 102 Winning Bidders

The FCC announced the winning bidders in the auction of 24 GHz Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service licenses (Auction 102).  The auction raised a total of $2,022,676,752 in net bids ($2,024,268,941 in gross bids), with 29 bidders winning a total of 2,904 licenses.  The FCC also specified the deadlines for payments and the filing of long-form applications, and other post-auction procedures. 

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Topics: small cell deployment, STREAMLINE Act, Auction 102 Winning Bidders

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, June 3, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

arts_idahocapitolbuildingIdaho Governor Launches Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Effort

In a press release the Governor announced that he signed an executive order today, establishing the Idaho Broadband Task Force to improve connectivity and broadband infrastructure across Idaho.  “In a data-driven society, connectivity is imperative for a vital economy,” Governor Little said.  “Improved broadband infrastructure ensures both urban and rural Idaho will be connected and well-positioned to attract business and enhance our citizens’ quality of life.”  Governor Little directed the task force to come up with recommendations by November on ways the state can assist in furthering Idaho’s connectivity and speeds. Idaho Department of Commerce Director Tom Kealey will chair the task force.  The group will focus its efforts on mapping Idaho’s existing services and identifying gaps in Idaho’s broadband infrastructure. Read More
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Topics: broadband, FTC Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection, 689 Area Code

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, May 31, 2019

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FCC front doors angle-1FCC Reacts to Selection of SHAKEN/STIR Policy Administrator

FCC Chairman Pai issued  the following statement in response to the announcement by the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) that it has selected iconectiv as policy administrator of the SHAKEN/STIR call authentication framework.

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Topics: robocalls, Leased Commercial Access, FCC June Open Meeting, SHAKEN/STIR, FCC Broadband Deployment Report, Rules to Promote Aviation Safety, mobile-use spectrum auctions, High-Band 5G Airwaves Auction

Checking In @ The FCC - The June Open Meeting

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FCC meeting room-1What will the FCC be tackling next?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the June 6, 2019 meeting is “Blocking and Tackling Robocalls.”  The centerpiece of the three-item agenda is a proposed declaratory ruling that, in the Chairman’s words, “would allow phone companies to implement strong call-blocking services as the default setting for their customers.”  Instead of being offered call blocking on an opt-in basis, carriers could “block calls unless you affirmatively opt-out.

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Topics: robocalls, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Blocking and Tackling Robocalls

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

Pai SpeaksPai Robocall Meeting in Oklahoma

Chairman Pai announced that he met with Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter to discuss robocalls and the state and federal governments response to combatting them.  During his visit, Pai also met with Department of Corrections officials to tour a prison and talk about the tools the state prison system needs to combat contraband cellphones.  He also visited a 911 call center and made a stop at the East Central Electric Coop in Okmulgee to discuss rural broadband deployment initiatives and the $22.2 million the company is receiving as part of the FCC’s Connect America Fund. 

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Topics: robocalls, North American Numbering Council, Nationwide Number Portability, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Texas Broadband Development, 911 Call Center, NANC Report on NNP Implementation Proposals

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

us-capitol-building-and-congressUS Senate Passes TRACED Act

In response to the Senate’s passage of the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, which targets illegal robocalls. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr each issued statements of support. 

Chairman Pai released a statement saying, in part: “I commend the U.S. Senate for passing the TRACED Act and Senators Thune and Markey for leading this bipartisan effort. The TRACED Act would help strengthen the FCC’s ability to combat illegal robocalls, and we would welcome these additional tools to fight this scourge.

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Topics: Robocall, Connect America Fund Phase II, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, TRACED Act, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, FCC CAF II Awards

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