Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC’s Final Supply Chain Reimbursement Program Procedures Announced, FTC Merger Review Process to be Adjusted due to Increase in Merger Filings,NTIA’s Minority Communities Grant Program Window Opens
FCC’s Final Supply Chain Reimbursement Program Procedures Announced
The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) has released final Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program Procedure, Cost Catalog, and Replacement List.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Includes $65 Billion For Broadband, Federal Data Privacy Legislation Introduced, NLAD Enhancements
Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Includes $65 Billion For Broadband
The White House and the bipartisan group of senators who have been working on the bipartisan infrastructure framework unveiled last month announced a final agreement on the details of the package. The Senate voted 67-32 to take the first procedural step toward debating the measure supported by all 48 Democrats, two independents and 17 Republicans on this first procedural vote.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: Senator Amy Klobuchar Encouraged About Broadband Talks, Maine Approved First Round of Broadband Infrastructure Grants, Virginia Establishes New E-988 Surcharges and Increases Wireless E-911 Surcharges
Senator Klobuchar Encouraged About Broadband Talks
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar indicated a bipartisan deal on expanding broadband infrastructure looked “very promising.” Her comments followed a recent meeting between Vice President Harris and bipartisan members of the Congress. Read More
Today’s Regulatory Mix: USDA Rural Broadband Grants in Tennessee, DOD Announces $600 Million for 5G Experimentation and Testing at Five Installations, Virginia Allocates $30 Million in CARES Act Funding to Fast-Track Broadband Projects
DOD Announces $600 Million for 5G Experimentation and Testing at Five Installations
The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced $600 million in awards for 5G experimentation and testing at five U.S. military test sites, representing the largest full-scale 5G tests for dual-use applications in the world. Read More
Today’s Regulatory Mix: Senator Introduces National Broadband Plan Bill, FTC Seeks Comment on Health Data Breach Rule, Representatives Introduce Universal Broadband Act
Senator Introduces National Broadband Plan Bill
Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, announced the National Broadband Plan for the Future Act, legislation that instructs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to update the National Broadband Plan, as well as study how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way Americans live, learn, and work online.
The FCC’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an Advisory alerting Lifeline carriers, beneficiaries, and the public about carrier failures to comply with the Lifeline program usage rule. The rule applies when an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) offers Lifeline service that does not require it to assess and collect a monthly fee from its subscribers.Read More
FCC Proposed Fines Against Three WISPs for Interference
The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced proposed fines related to devices that apparently caused interference to the Federal Aviation Administration’s terminal doppler weather radar station in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Enforcement Bureau proposed three separate $25,000 fines against wireless Internet service providers Boom Solutions, Integra Wireless, and WinPR. Read More
Florida PSC Releases Report on Status of Competition
The Florida PSC released a report showing that more Florida consumers are choosing cutting edge communications technologies while landline phones continue to disappear.
“Many Florida consumers now live in wireless only homes and use wireless and broadband services,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “As the pace for technological innovation quickens, companies are investing in advanced technologies that best serve the diverse needs of today’s consumers, while also boosting Florida’s economic growth.” Read More
FCC 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. Read More