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The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: US Congress Seeks More Information on FCC's COVID 19 Telehealth Program, FCC Seeks Comment on Waiver of CAF Auction II Location Adjustment Rules, FTC To Hold Virtual PrivacyCon Event

 

US Cap PA Ave dusk  shutterstock-1US Congress Seeks More Information on FCC’s COVID 19 Telehealth Program

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) have asked FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to provide additional transparency on the distribution of public funds through the COVID-19 Telehealth Program,

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Topics: US Congress, FTC Virtual PrivacyCon, COVID 19 Telehealth Program, CAF Auction II

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, June 15, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: NTIA Releases Internet Use Survey; Reveals Shift in Technology Use, Persistent Digital Divide, FCC Approves USF Funding for Puerto Rico and USVI, US Congress Urges Funding for Broadband Mapping

 

NTIA logoNTIA Releases Internet Use Survey; Reveals Shift in Technology Use, Persistent Digital Divide

 

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released the results of its latest NTIA Internet Use Survey, which show that nearly 4 out of 5 Americans were using the Internet by November 2019 and are increasingly using a larger and more varied range of devices.

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Topics: NTIA Internet Use Survey, USF Funding for Puerto Rico, US Congress on Broadband Mapping

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, June 12, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: California Adopts Streamlined ETC Process for Federal RDOF Participants, FCC Authorizes Over $7.4 Million for Rural Broadband, NTIA Seeks Comments on Promoting the Sharing of Supply Chain Security Risk Information

 

220px-Brownofficebuilding_(1)California Adopts Streamlined ETC Process for Federal RDOF Participants

The Public Utilities Commission of California (PUC) has adopted a streamlined Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) process specifically for FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) recipients.  The PUC will require a two-stage application process consistent with the FCC’s short and long-form application processes.  This process is applicable only to bidders with existing operating authority in California.

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Topics: FCC Rural Broadband, California ETC Process for Federal RDOF, NTIA Supply Chain Security Risk Information

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, June 11, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces Tenth Set of Approved COVID-19 Telehealth Program  Applications, Washington Adopts New Universal Service Rules for Broadband Support

2020 FCC SealFCC Announces Tenth Set of Approved COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications

The FCC announced the approval of an additional 67 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program.  Health care providers in both urban and rural areas of the country will use the newly approved $20.18 million in funding to provide telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, FCC Telehealth Program, COVID-19, Washington Universal Rules, Washington Broadband Support

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Issues Record Robocalling Fine, FCC To Modernize Rules For Additional Millimeter-Wave Spectrum Bands

 

robocall device-1FCC Issues Record Robocalling Fine; Seven Attorneys General File Suit

The FCC has proposed a $225 million fine against Texas-based health insurance telemarketers for apparently making approximately 1 billion illegally spoofed robocalls.

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Topics: FCC June Open Meeting, Robocalling Fines, Millimeter-Wave Spectrum Bands

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Adopts Final Bidding Procedures For Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, FCC Commissioner Announces Digital Opportunity Equity Recognition Program

 

 

FCC meeting room-1-1FCC Adopts Final Bidding Procedures For Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

At its Open Meeting today, the FCC voted to adopt procedures for Phase I of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction (Auction 904), which will award up to $16 billion in support over 10 years for the deployment of fixed broadband networks to millions of unserved homes and businesses across rural America.

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Topics: FCC June Open Meeting, RDOF, 5G Deployment, Wireless Infrastructure Upgrades, Digital Opportunity Equity Recognition Program, ETC Reporting Requirements

Changes to the Telecom Relay Fund (TRS) coming soon! Are you ready?

Posted by Tom Forte

TRS from shutterstockIn December 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revised the contribution rules associated with the federal Telecommunications Relay Service Fund (TRS or Fund).  Specifically, the FCC expanded the contribution base for IP captioned telephone service (IP CTS) to include intrastate only providers.

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Topics: TRS, IP CTS, IP captioned telephone service, FCC Contribution Rules

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, June 8, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC E-Rate Funding Guidance, FCC Seeks Comment on 5G Fund Adjustment Factor

 

2020 FCC SealFCC E-Rate Funding Guidance 

The FCC has issued guidance to USAC on E-rate Competitive Bidding Rules for FY 2020.  Specifically, it reiterated the guidance previously communicated to USAC regarding the treatment of E-Rate applications for which the applicant mistakenly selected a drop-down menu option on its FCC Form 470 that did not fully reflect the services for which it intended to seek bids.

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Topics: USAC, E-Rate Program Funding, FCC Form 470, 5g fund adjustment factor

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, June 5, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: US Senate Letter on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, FCC Announces Newest Round of Telehealth Application Funding, FCC Announces Additional Connect America Fund Phase II Auction Support


Cap dome twilightUS Senate Letter On Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai requesting information on accelerating the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

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Topics: US Senate, FCC CAF Funding, Connect America Fund Phase II, FCC Telehealth Initiative, RDOF

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday June 3, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Releases Final Agenda for June 2020 Open Meeting, FCC C-Brand Spectrum Will Be Available for 5G Services on an Accelerated Basis,  US Congress COVID-19 Privacy Legislation

FCC meeting room-1-1FCC Releases Final Agenda for June 2020 Open Meeting

The FCC announced the final agenda for its June 9, 2020, Open Meeting. The FCC will consider the following telecom-related items:

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Topics: FCC June Open Meeting, C-Band Spectrum, covid-19 privacy legislation

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