Today’s Regulatory Mix: Pennsylvania Passes Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act, USDA Commits $21 Million for Broadband in Rural New York, WISPA, Charter and Others Urge FCC Against Higher Power CBRS Rules Pennsylvania Passes Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act Governor Tom Wolf (D.) signed the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act into law. House Bill 1621 is intended to improve connectivity across the commonwealth by increasing access to 5G technology, attaching small wireless facilities toRead More
Today’s Regulatory Mix: Nebraska PSC Opens Broadband Docket, Vermont Enacts New Broadband Law, FCC Seeks Comment on Proposal to Shorten Timeframe for Certain Small Providers to Implement STIR/SHAKEN
Nebraska PSC Opens Broadband Docket
The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) announced that it had opened a docket to initiate the implementation of the Nebraska Broadband Bridge Act. Signed into law on May 26, the act provides grants to fund the deployment of broadband networks in unserved and underserved.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: U.S. and Australia Agree to Combat Unlawful Robocalls, FCC Adopts ICS Rate Caps and Delegates Data Collection Authority
U. S. and Australia Agree to Combat Unlawful Robocalls
The FCC announced that it has agreed with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to develop a global approach to addressing unlawful robocalls and robotexts and the unlawful use of manipulating caller ID information or “spoofing.” Read More
Today’s Regulatory Mix: Congress Urges FCC and FTC Stop To Work on Controversial Items in Light of Election Results, Senate Commerce Committee To Mark Up Several Telecom Bills
Congress Urges FCC and FTC Stop to Work on Controversial Items in Light of Election Results
House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders wrote to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons asking that the two commissions stop work on all partisan or controversial items currently under consideration in light of the results of last week’s presidential election. Read More
Today’s Regulatory Mix: US Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Bill, FCC Lifeline Awareness
US Congress Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Bill
House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC) and Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) announced the introduction of HR7022, the “Rural Broadband Acceleration Act.” This bipartisan legislation would direct the FCC to fund shovel-ready, high-speed internet projects immediately, so consumers can access broadband within a year. Read More
Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces Upcoming NANC Meetings, FCC Will Change Address for Hand-Carried Documents; Establishes New Closing Time for Filings
FCC Announces Upcoming NANC Meetings
FCC Announces Upcoming NANC Meetings The FCC has announced the next meetings of the North American Numbering Council (NANC). The meetings will be held Tuesday, July 14, 2020, and Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Both meetings will be conducted via conference call and available to the public via the Internet. Read More
Today’s Regulatory Mix: Senators Introduce Bipartisan Telehealth Bill, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast Episode
Senators Introduce Bipartisan Telehealth Bill
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.