Today’s Regulatory Mix: $40 Billion BRIDGE Act Introduced, Commissioner Carr Praises Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen America’s National Security, FCC to Open Portal for Institutions to Alert the Enforcement Bureau About Robocall and Spoofing Campaigns, Landline Phone Use to See a 2.25 Percent Savings on Monthly Bills in Georgia
$40 Billion BRIDGE Act Introduced
Senators Michael Bennet (D., Colo.), Angus King (I., Maine), and Rob Portman (R., Ohio) announced the introduction of the Broadband Reform and Investment to Drive Growth in the Economy (BRIDGE) Act.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: California Adopts New Resiliency Rules for Wireline Providers, Commissioner Carr Calls for Big-Tech to Pay Fair Share, FCC to Hold Showcase for Open Radio Access Network Solutions on June 29th
California Adopts New Resiliency Rules for Wireline Providers
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted new resiliency rules for facilities-based wireline telecommunications providers, including interconnected VoIP providers, (Wireline Providers) to help ensure access to vital communications during natural disasters and power outages.Inteserra Briefing Service subscribers see Briefing dated 5/24/21 .
Today’s Regulatory Mix: Court Upholds Most of FCC’s Small Cell Orders, FCC Responds to Congress on COVID-19 Robocalls
Court Upholds Most of FCC’s Small Cell Orders
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the FCC’s 2018 Small Cell Orders (Inteserra Briefing Service subscribers see Briefings dated 8/22/18 and 10/24/18,) with the exception of the provision dealing with the authority of local governments in the area of aesthetic regulations. The panel vacated the portions of the order requiring that aesthetic regulations be “no more burdensome” than requirements applied to other infrastructure deployment, and the FCC’s requirement that all local aesthetic regulations be “objective,” and remanded them to the FCC. Read More
Today’s Regulatory Mix: Groups File Suit Challenging Maine’s Privacy Law, FCC’s Carr on 5G Workforce Grant , FCC Releases Updated Data on Broadband Deployment
Groups File Suit Challenging Maine’s Privacy Law
In 2019, Maine enacted a new law that prohibits Internet service providers (ISPs) from using, disclosing, or selling/permitting access to customer personal information (PI) without consent. Now, several groups have jointly filed suit challenging that law. Read More
Today’s Regulatory Mix: USDA Announces Grants in Illinois and Tennessee, FCC Commissioner Carr Visits North Carolina Events Focused on 5G and Telehealth
USDA Announces Grants in Illinois and Tennessee
In Illinois, in a press release, the USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced an investment of $9 million in four, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 3,744 rural households, 31 businesses, 41 farms and a critical community facility in Tennessee. Read More
The FTC has released the agenda for a workshop it is holding on October 7, 2019. The workshop will examine the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule in light of evolving business practices and new technology in the online marketplace. Read More
The US House of Representatives yesterday passed the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, HR 3375, by a sweeping 429-3 vote. In response to the passage of the bill, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Bob Latta (R-OH) released the following statement: “Today, the House of Representatives voted to restore Americans’ confidence in the telephone system and put consumers back in charge of their phones. Read More
Six members introduced the Locking Up Robocallers Act of 2019, which directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide evidence of unlawful robocall violations to the Attorney General. The bill is intended to strengthen enforcement of current robocall laws aimed at ending the scourge of predatory robocalls. It would also require the FCC to provide annual reports to Congress containing the number of times the FCC provided evidence of unlawful robocalls to the Attorney General and a summary of the types of violations to which such evidence related. Read More
In response to the Senate’s passage of the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, which targets illegal robocalls. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr each issued statements of support.
Chairman Pai released a statement saying, in part: “I commend the U.S. Senate for passing the TRACED Act and Senators Thune and Markey for leading this bipartisan effort. The TRACED Act would help strengthen the FCC’s ability to combat illegal robocalls, and we would welcome these additional tools to fight this scourge. Read More