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The Regulatory Mix – Wednesday, March 24, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Proposed Rulemaking Supporting IP-based TRS, FCC Opens Consumer Broadband Reporting Site, North Carolina Agrees VoIP Not Subject to Commission’s Jurisdiction for ETC

 

2020 FCC SealFCC Proposed Rulemaking Supporting IP-based TRS 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)seeks comment to its proposed contribution rules associated with the federal Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund. The FCC is proposing to expand the TRS Fund contribution base Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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Today’s Regulatory Mix:  FCC’s Pai Announces Departure Date,  FCC Announces Results of 2021 Urban Rate Survey

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced he intends to leave the Federal Communications Commission on January 20, 2021.  He issued a statement thanking his fellow Commissioners, FCC staff and his family, saying, in part: Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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FCC entrance shutterstockFCC Advisory on Lifeline Usage Rule 

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

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The Regulatory Mix – Friday, November 15, 2019

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FCC front view-1FCC Revises Lifeline Program 

The FCC has announced various reforms to its Lifeline program.  The Order eliminates the Lifeline Broadband Provider ETC category and the process for designation of broadband-only ETCs by the FCC.  Instead, states will make such designations.  Other reforms adopted in the order included:  Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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FCC front viewFCC Lifeline Obligation Forbearance

The FCC announced the counties in which conditional forbearance from the obligation to offer Lifeline-supported voice service applies.  The forbearance only applies to the Lifeline voice obligation of eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) that are designated for purposes of receiving both high-cost and Lifeline support (high-cost/Lifeline ETCs), and not to Lifeline-only ETCs.  Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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fcc_buildingFCC 911 Fee Diversion Report/Comment Request

The Federal Communications Commission announced the publication of its tenth annual report to Congress on the collection and distribution of 911 fees by states.  The report finds that in calendar year 2017, states and territories collected more than $2.9 billion in 911 fees.   Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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Today: FCC Restoration Funding for Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands,   Florida PSC Releases Telecom Industry Competition Report  Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Today:   FCC International Circuit Capacity Data, FCC Lifeline Eligibility Verifier Launched, FTC Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection  Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Thursday, February 1, 2018

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Today: NARUC Telecom Resolutions, NANC, NNP, Lifeline Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Thursday, November 9, 2017

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The_Mix_logo3.pngToday:  FCC Open Internet/Net Neutrality Reclassification Proceeding, FCC Urban Rate Study and Minimum Usage Allowances, CRTC Communications Monitoring Report Data on Wireless and Internet Usage   Read More

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