FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel announced the release of new episode of Broadband Conversations, her podcast dedicated to uplifting the voices of women from the innovation, technology, and media sectors. Listeners get to hear what these leading women are doing, how they are making a difference, and what they think the future of our digital life can look like.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces Tenth Set of Approved COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications, Washington Adopts New Universal Service Rules for Broadband Support
FCC 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. Read More
In a press release, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Angus King (I-Maine), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) announced the introduction of the Health Care Broadband Expansion During COVID-19 Act. The new bipartisan bill directs $2 billion to help health care providers increase their broadband capacity and expand telehealth services during the current public health crisis.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Approves More Telehealth Applications, FCC Announces New Members to NANC and Working Groups
FCC Approves More Telehealth Applications
In a press release, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau approved an additional 43 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Health care providers in both urban and rural areas of the country will use this $16.87 million in funding to provide telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic. To date, the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which was authorized by the CARES Act, has approved funding for 132 health care providers in 33 states plus Washington, DC for a total of just over $50 million in funding.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: FTC & FCC Send Letters to More VoIP Providers Facilitating Illegal Coronavirus-related Robocalls
FTC & FCC Send Letters to More VoIP Providers Facilitating Illegal Coronavirus-related Robocalls
In an FTC news release, along with the FCC, both commissions announced they have sent joint letters to three companies providing VoIP services, warning them that routing and transmitting illegal coronavirus-related scam robocalls is itself illegal and may lead to federal law enforcement against them.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Releases Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting; Will Vote on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Procedures
FCC Releases Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting; Will Vote on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Procedures
The FCC has released a tentative agenda for its June 9, 2020, Open Meeting. Some of the items include:
Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Final Auction Procedures – The Commission will consider a Public Notice that would establish procedures for the Phase I auction) of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (Auction 904), awarding up to $16 billion in support over 10 years for deployment of broadband services in unserved areas.
State/Local Approval of Wireless Equipment Modifications – The Commission will consider a Declaratory Ruling and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would clarify, and seek comment on changes to, the Commission’s rules implementing section 6409(a) of the Spectrum Act of 2012 in order to accelerate the deployment of communications infrastructure by facilitating the upgrade of existing sites for 5G networks.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: USDA Announces End of Round One for ReConnect Program with Iowa Award, FTC Obtains Final Order Against Do Not Call Violators
USDA Announces End of Round One for ReConnect Program with Iowa Award
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that USDA is investing more than $500,000 to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Iowa. This investment is part of USDA’s round one investments through the ReConnect Pilot Program.