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The Regulatory Mix - Monday, December 21, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Urges Implementation of Direct Dialing From MLTS, FCC Extends Filing Deadline In ICS Case, North Carolina Broadband Grants


FCC entrance shutterstock-2FCC Urges Implementation of Direct Dialing From MLTS

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai joined leaders of the Orleans Parish Communications District in their efforts to encourage local businesses to transition their phone systems to support direct-dial access to 911 from multi-line phones systems. 

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Topics: Kari’s Law/RAY BAUM’S Act, North Carolina Broadband Grants, FCC Filing Deadline, Direct Dialing from MLTS

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, December 18, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC to Expedite Release of New Devices and Technologies, FCC Encourages Deployment Of Broadcast Internet Services

 

2020 FCC SealFCC to Expedite Release of New Devices and Technologies

The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking  seeking to enhance its equipment authorization rules to grant limited, early-stage flexibility to innovators to accelerate the deployment of common consumer devices like cellphones, laptops, and Wi-Fi routers after FCC authorization.

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Topics: Broadcast Internet Services

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, December 17, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Welcomes Efforts on Wireless Emergency Alert Geo-Targeting, FCC Releases Paper on Positive Impact of Rural Broadband


FCC entrance shutterstock-2FCC Welcomes Efforts on Wireless Emergency Alert Geo-Targeting

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement praising the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), a standards organization, for its efforts to improve the geographic accuracy of Wireless Emergency Alerts. 

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Topics: rural broadband, Wireless Emergency Alert System, Geo-Targeting

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Reminds Providers that Form 477 Mobile Speed and Coverage Data are not Confidential, FCC Further Extends E-Rate and RHC COVID-19 Rule Waivers, FCC Revises Consent Requirements For Calls From Government Contractors

 

FCC front view-1FCC Reminds Providers that Form 477 Mobile Speed and Coverage Data are not Confidential

The FCC’s Office of Economics and Analytics (Office) has reminded reminds mobile broadband service providers that their minimum advertised or expected speed data are no longer treated as confidential on FCC Form 477. As such, speed data will be included in the public releases of provider-specific coverage data, beginning with the December 2019 filing.

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Topics: robocalls, Form 477 Mobile Speed and Coverage Data, E-Rate and RHC COVID-19 Rule Waivers, consent requirements for robocalling

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Issues Annual Report on State 911 Fees, FCC Adopts Rules to Secure Communications Networks and Supply Chain

 

report cover the mixFCC Issues Annual Report on State 911 Fees

The FCC released it's twelfth annual report to Congress on the collection and distribution of 911 fees by states.  The report finds that in 2019, states and territories collected more than $3 billion in 911 fees, and more than $200 million of that funding was diverted for uses other than 911. The report identifies five states—Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and West Virginia—where 911 fees were diverted for other purposes.

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Communications Networks and Supply Chain Rules, FCC Report on State 911 Fees

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, December 14, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Reports to Congress on Efforts to Combat One-Ring Scams, Chairman Pai Statement On FCC Authorization Of First 6 GHz WI-FI Device, FCC ‘s Hospital Robocall Protection Group Adopts Best Practices Report on Preventing Unlawful Calls

 

robocall scam shutterstock_1346276600-1FCC Reports to Congress on Efforts to Combat One-Ring Scams

As required by the section 12 of the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act of 2019 (TRACED Act), FCC Chairman Ajit Pai reported to Congress that it had concluded its required proceeding on one-ring scams by issuing a Report and Order adopting new rules to protect consumers.

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Topics: TRACED Act, Hospital Robocall Protection Group, One-Ring Scams, 6 GHz WI-F

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, December 11, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix:   FCC Announces Phase I Rural Auction Winners,  FCC Submits Report on Status of Reassigned Number Database

 

FCC Entrance Feb 2020 ShutterstockFCC Announces Phase I Rural Auction Winners

The FCC has announced the winning bidders for Phase 1 of its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction.  The FCC stated that millions of rural Americans in 49 states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands will gain access to high-speed Internet service through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction.

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Topics: Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction, RDOF Auction Phase 1, FCC Status of Reassigned Number Database, RND

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, December 7, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC's O'Rielly Expresses Concern About Overbuilding, FCC Encourages Implementation of Network Reliability Practices, FCC Announces Final Agenda for December Meeting; Adds New Telecom Related Items

 

orielly-bio-pageFCC’s O’Rielly Expresses Concern About Overbuilding

FCC Commissioner Mike O'Rielly sent a letter to Wyoming Governor Gordon expressing his concerns over potential use of CARES Act funding to overbuild existing broadband networks in the state.  He states that: “[s]everal Wyoming local fiber and cable-based broadband providers recently brought to my attention legitimate concerns that their high-speed broadband networks are likely to be overbuilt by competitors

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Topics: FCC Open Meeting, FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, Network Reliability Practices

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, December 4, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Announces New USAC Board Members, US Congress Hearing on EU US Privacy Shield

 

FCC entrance shutterstock-2FCC Announces New USAC Board Members

The FCC announced the appointment of s six members to the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).  Each appointee was nominated in response to a Public Notice issued earlier this year soliciting nominations for the Board positions listed below. The three-year term for these positions begins on January 1, 2021.

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Topics: FCC USAC Board Appointments, EU-US Privacy Shield, US Congressional Hearing

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, December 3, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:    FCC Settles Outage Reporting Violation With $64K Penalty, FCC Approves NECA’s 2021 Annual Average Schedule HCLS Formula, Kansas Establishes Broadband Grant Program

 

FCC front view-1-1FCC Settles Outage Reporting Violation With $64K Penalty

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau released the terms of a settlement agreement with Logix Communications, LP. in order to resolve the Bureau’s investigation into whether it timely filed required network outage reporting violations.  As part of the settlement, the carrier admitted that it failed to timely file the required network outage reports, will implement a compliance plan to ensure future compliance, and will pay a $64,000 civil penalty.

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Topics: Kansas Broadband Grants, Outage Reporting Violation, NECA’s 2021 HCLS Formula

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The Regulatory Mix - Monday, December 21, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Urges Implementation of Direct Dialing From MLTS, FCC Extends Filing Deadline In ICS Case, North Carolina Broadband Grants


FCC entrance shutterstock-2FCC Urges Implementation of Direct Dialing From MLTS

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai joined leaders of the Orleans Parish Communications District in their efforts to encourage local businesses to transition their phone systems to support direct-dial access to 911 from multi-line phones systems. 

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Topics: Kari’s Law/RAY BAUM’S Act, North Carolina Broadband Grants, FCC Filing Deadline, Direct Dialing from MLTS

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, December 18, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC to Expedite Release of New Devices and Technologies, FCC Encourages Deployment Of Broadcast Internet Services

 

2020 FCC SealFCC to Expedite Release of New Devices and Technologies

The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking  seeking to enhance its equipment authorization rules to grant limited, early-stage flexibility to innovators to accelerate the deployment of common consumer devices like cellphones, laptops, and Wi-Fi routers after FCC authorization.

Read More
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Topics: Broadcast Internet Services

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, December 17, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Welcomes Efforts on Wireless Emergency Alert Geo-Targeting, FCC Releases Paper on Positive Impact of Rural Broadband


FCC entrance shutterstock-2FCC Welcomes Efforts on Wireless Emergency Alert Geo-Targeting

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement praising the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), a standards organization, for its efforts to improve the geographic accuracy of Wireless Emergency Alerts. 

Read More
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Topics: rural broadband, Wireless Emergency Alert System, Geo-Targeting

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Reminds Providers that Form 477 Mobile Speed and Coverage Data are not Confidential, FCC Further Extends E-Rate and RHC COVID-19 Rule Waivers, FCC Revises Consent Requirements For Calls From Government Contractors

 

FCC front view-1FCC Reminds Providers that Form 477 Mobile Speed and Coverage Data are not Confidential

The FCC’s Office of Economics and Analytics (Office) has reminded reminds mobile broadband service providers that their minimum advertised or expected speed data are no longer treated as confidential on FCC Form 477. As such, speed data will be included in the public releases of provider-specific coverage data, beginning with the December 2019 filing.

Read More
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Topics: robocalls, Form 477 Mobile Speed and Coverage Data, E-Rate and RHC COVID-19 Rule Waivers, consent requirements for robocalling

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Issues Annual Report on State 911 Fees, FCC Adopts Rules to Secure Communications Networks and Supply Chain

 

report cover the mixFCC Issues Annual Report on State 911 Fees

The FCC released it's twelfth annual report to Congress on the collection and distribution of 911 fees by states.  The report finds that in 2019, states and territories collected more than $3 billion in 911 fees, and more than $200 million of that funding was diverted for uses other than 911. The report identifies five states—Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and West Virginia—where 911 fees were diverted for other purposes.

Read More
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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Communications Networks and Supply Chain Rules, FCC Report on State 911 Fees

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, December 14, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Reports to Congress on Efforts to Combat One-Ring Scams, Chairman Pai Statement On FCC Authorization Of First 6 GHz WI-FI Device, FCC ‘s Hospital Robocall Protection Group Adopts Best Practices Report on Preventing Unlawful Calls

 

robocall scam shutterstock_1346276600-1FCC Reports to Congress on Efforts to Combat One-Ring Scams

As required by the section 12 of the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act of 2019 (TRACED Act), FCC Chairman Ajit Pai reported to Congress that it had concluded its required proceeding on one-ring scams by issuing a Report and Order adopting new rules to protect consumers.

Read More
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Topics: TRACED Act, Hospital Robocall Protection Group, One-Ring Scams, 6 GHz WI-F

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, December 11, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix:   FCC Announces Phase I Rural Auction Winners,  FCC Submits Report on Status of Reassigned Number Database

 

FCC Entrance Feb 2020 ShutterstockFCC Announces Phase I Rural Auction Winners

The FCC has announced the winning bidders for Phase 1 of its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction.  The FCC stated that millions of rural Americans in 49 states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands will gain access to high-speed Internet service through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction.

Read More
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Topics: Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction, RDOF Auction Phase 1, FCC Status of Reassigned Number Database, RND

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, December 7, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC's O'Rielly Expresses Concern About Overbuilding, FCC Encourages Implementation of Network Reliability Practices, FCC Announces Final Agenda for December Meeting; Adds New Telecom Related Items

 

orielly-bio-pageFCC’s O’Rielly Expresses Concern About Overbuilding

FCC Commissioner Mike O'Rielly sent a letter to Wyoming Governor Gordon expressing his concerns over potential use of CARES Act funding to overbuild existing broadband networks in the state.  He states that: “[s]everal Wyoming local fiber and cable-based broadband providers recently brought to my attention legitimate concerns that their high-speed broadband networks are likely to be overbuilt by competitors

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Topics: FCC Open Meeting, FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, Network Reliability Practices

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, December 4, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Announces New USAC Board Members, US Congress Hearing on EU US Privacy Shield

 

FCC entrance shutterstock-2FCC Announces New USAC Board Members

The FCC announced the appointment of s six members to the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).  Each appointee was nominated in response to a Public Notice issued earlier this year soliciting nominations for the Board positions listed below. The three-year term for these positions begins on January 1, 2021.

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Topics: FCC USAC Board Appointments, EU-US Privacy Shield, US Congressional Hearing

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, December 3, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:    FCC Settles Outage Reporting Violation With $64K Penalty, FCC Approves NECA’s 2021 Annual Average Schedule HCLS Formula, Kansas Establishes Broadband Grant Program

 

FCC front view-1-1FCC Settles Outage Reporting Violation With $64K Penalty

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau released the terms of a settlement agreement with Logix Communications, LP. in order to resolve the Bureau’s investigation into whether it timely filed required network outage reporting violations.  As part of the settlement, the carrier admitted that it failed to timely file the required network outage reports, will implement a compliance plan to ensure future compliance, and will pay a $64,000 civil penalty.

Read More
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Topics: Kansas Broadband Grants, Outage Reporting Violation, NECA’s 2021 HCLS Formula

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