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The Regulatory Mix - Friday, February 1, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

www.inteserra.comhs-fshubfssocial-suggested-imagesfcc-hqjpgFCC Delays Form 477 Filing Date

The FCC announced that the filing deadline for the Form 477 data as of December 31, 2018 has been extended to March 8, 2019.  It also announced that the FCC’s Form 477 filing interface is now accepting data as of December 31, 2018.  The FCC reminded providers required to file Form 477 that their failure to do so may subject then enforcement action under sections 502 and 503 of the Communications Act and any other applicable law. 

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Topics: FCC Form 477, California Net Neutrality, FCC Restoring Internet Freedom Order, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, January 31, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

dome and flagSenators Question FCC About Small Cell Appeals

US Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have called on the FCC to address reports it pressured wireless service providers to file frivolous lawsuits in several federal courts in an attempt to move a Ninth Circuit lawsuit challenging the legality of a recent 5G wireless deployment rule.  “Even though additional cases filed by wireless carriers in separate jurisdictions were eventually transferred back to the Ninth Circuit, the reason for their filing in the first place remains a concern,” the senators wrote.

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Topics: Small Cell Appeals, 5G wireless deployment rule, FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, US Senate 5G Hearing, Mississippi Electric Coops can offer broadband

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

jnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccoolUS Congress Hearing on Sprint/T-Mobile Merger

The House Energy and Commerce and Judiciary Committees announced their subcommittees on Communications and Technology and Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law will hold a joint hearing on the T-Mobile and Sprint merger on Wednesday, February 13.  The joint  hearing will examine the merger’s potential impacts on consumers, workers and the wireless industry.  While the complete list of hearing participants is still being confirmed, T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint Executive Chairman Marcelo Claure have both agreed to testify. 

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Topics: U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, U.s. House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, Sprint T-Mobile Merger, FCC Deadlines, STAs, USL Applications and Notification, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, robocalling

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC meeting roomFCC Reschedules Open Meeting; Announces Tentative Agenda

The FCC announced the agenda for a rescheduled February Open Meeting that will take place on February 14, 2019.  The items below were originally circulated for the January meeting but were withdrawn due to the lapse in appropriations.

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Topics: FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC January Open Meeting Agenda, Anti-Spoofing Provisions of the RAY BAUM’S Act, CAF Phase II Auction Support, Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service, Elimination of Form 397, FCC Filing Deadlines, Broadband Conversation Podcasts

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, January 28, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

www.inteserra.comhs-fshubfsinteserra-regulatory mixjnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccoolSenators Seek Hearing on Sprint/T-Mobile Merger

Several members of the Senate Commerce Committee have signed a letter asking the Committee Chairman and Ranking member to schedule a hearing on the proposed Sprint/T-Mobile merger. “The potential consequences of this merger are too great for the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee to ignore,” write the Senators in their letter to Commerce Committee leadership. “We should examine the impact of combining these two disruptors into one mega company.”

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Topics: Sprint T-Mobile Merger, Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Alabama Broadband Grants, Broadband Accessibility Fund

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, January 25, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

Energy and Commerce Committee logoCongress Questions FCC About Small Cell Appeals

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today requesting information about what communications may have taken place between FCC and FCC licensees relating to legal challenges of the FCC’s small cell order (Order).

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Topics: FCC's Small Cell Order, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, 28GHz Band Auction, FCC Chairman Pai, Wireless Carrier Location Sharing Practices, FTC, FCC, Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, January 24, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

FCC meeting roomFCC to Hold January Open Meeting in Spite of Shutdown

The FCC announced that it will still hold it’s meeting on January 30, 2019, but due to the current partial lapse in appropriations, the items previously set forth in the Tentative Agenda released on January 3, 2019, will not be considered at the meeting.   The FCC noted that if the lapse in appropriations continues through January 29, 2019, the meeting will be held by conference call.  However, if the lapse in appropriations ends before January 29, 2019, and the FCC resumes normal operations by that date, then the meeting will be held in person at the FCC.  However, regardless of appropriations, the meeting will only consist of Commission announcements.  The Communications Act requires the FCC to meet at least once a month.

 

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Topics: FCC January Open Meeting, FTC Robocall Protections, government shutdown, Restoring Internet Freedom, RIF

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

istock-gdpr-concept-imageFrench Regulators Fine Google €50 million for GDPR Violations

The Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) announced the imposition of a financial penalty of 50 Million Euros under new financial sanction limits granted by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for a cited lack of transparency, inadequate information, and lack of valid consent regarding ads personalization.  CNIL received two separate complaints in May 2018, from public interest groups which initiated this process. 

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Topics: Electric Coop, broadband services, CNIL, GDPR, Google, General Data Protection Regulation, Mississippi Senate

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, January 21, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

wireless-mvnoOnline Data Privacy Bill Introduced by Senators Kennedy and Klobuchar

U.S. Senators John Kennedy (R-LA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced the introduction the Social Media Privacy and Consumer Rights Act.  The legislation is intended to protect the privacy of consumers’ online data, improve transparency, strengthen consumers’ recourse options when a breach of data occurs, and ensure companies are compliant with privacy policies that protect consumers. 

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Topics: Social Media Privacy and Consumer Rights Act, US Senator John Kennedy (R-LA), US Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Equipment Authorization System

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, January 18, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

www.inteserra.comhs-fshubfsinteserra-regulatory mixcourt columnsCourt Denies Motion to Delay Oral Arguments in Net Neutrality Challenge

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied the FCC’s motion to postpone oral arguments in the challenge to the agency’s Restoring Internet Freedom (RIF) order.  In a previous filing the FCC cited that the lapse in its funding as well as the Department of Justice were the reasons why the arguments should be postponed.  The Court stated that oral argument is still scheduled for February 1, 2019.  The Court’s website states that oral arguments on the calendar for the month of January and February will go on as scheduled in spite of the government shutdown. 

 

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Topics: Net Neutrality, American Data Dissemination Act, ADD Act, Privacy Act of 1974, Robocall, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, TRACED Act, Senator Edward Markey, Senator John Thune, Senator Marco Rubio, US Court of Appeals

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