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The Regulatory Mix – Monday, July 12, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC’s Access Stimulation Rules Upheld, President Signs Executive Order Seeking to Restore Net Neutrality Provisions, NCTA Issues Statement Regarding Executive Order Promoting Competition in the American Economy,  INCOMPAS Statement on Biden Competition Executive Order   FCC’s Access Stimulation Rules Upheld  A federal appeals court upheld an FCC order discouraging local telephone service providers that,

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The Regulatory Mix – Monday, February 22, 2021

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Rules Regarding the TCPA and Government Callers or Government Contractors, FCC Commissioner Starks Delivers Remarks at The Tribal Government E-Commerce Conference

 

FCC Entrance Feb 2020 ShutterstockFCC Rules Regarding the TCPA and Government Callers or Government Contractors  

According to a ruling released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), state government callers, like federal government callers, are not ‘‘persons’’ under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).  These government callers are not required to obtain the prior express consent of called parties.  Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Tuesday May 5, 2020

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces First-Ever Certification for Automatic Speech Recognition IP Captioned Telephone Service, FCC Commissioner and U.S. Representative Announce Connecting Michigan: From Internet Inequality to Digital Equity

FCC Announces First-Ever Certification for Automatic Speech Recognition IP Captioned Telephone Service

Hand holding smartphone with colorful app icons conceptThe FCC announced that it granted conditional certification to MachineGenius to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) using only automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology. Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Monday, March 23, 2020

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Today’s Regulatory Mix:  FCC Cable Industry Pricing Report, FCC Commissioner Statement on Stay at Home Orders, FCC COVID-19 TCPA Declaratory Ruling 

 

FCC front view-1-1FCC Cable Industry Pricing Report  

The FCC has directed  certain cable operators to respond to a price survey questionnaire designed to solicit information concerning rates for basic service, cable programming service, and equipment used to receive such services.   The information will be used for its statutorily required report on cable industry prices. Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Thursday, November 21, 2019

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starks-bio-page-02192019FCC’s Starks on Network Security  

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks released a Report on the results of an FCC workshop held in June 2019 regarding the security threats that stem from the presence of certain Chinese communications equipment in US networks.  The workshop contained three panels: Find It, Fix It, and Fund it.  According to Starks, a “major takeaway from the workshop is that our networks must only contain equipment from trusted sources.  When evaluating the security of a piece of communications networking equipment we should not ask “do I trust this piece of equipment” but instead, “do I trust the manufacturer?”  Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Wednesday, October 2, 2019

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FTC bldgFTC Agenda for Workshop on COPPA Rule 

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

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The Regulatory Mix – Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Alabama_State_Capitol_front_Apr2009Alabama Awards $1.14 Million in Broadband Grants

Governor Kay Ivey on Monday announced she has awarded more than $1.14 million in grants to provide access to high-speed internet in several Alabama communities.  The six grants are the second round of awards presented by Gov. Ivey under the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund.  In the latest round, some providers were awarded more than one grant to provide service in different areas. Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Friday, June 21, 2019

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jnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccoolUS Senate Moving FIRST Act

U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) announced introduced the Moving and Fostering Innovation to Revolutionize Smarter Transportation (Moving FIRST) Act. The Act creates a competitive grant program for large and medium-sized cities as well as rural communities to seek federal grants for the creation of efficient, creative and innovative transportation projects.  A companion bill is being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.). Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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MS state legislatureMississippi Charges Five Telemarketers for No-Call Violations

The Mississippi PSC announced that it has charged five companies that made 442 illegal calls.  Should these entities be found to have violated the No-Call law, they are subject to a $5,000 per call fine; totaling $2,210,000.  Notices of alleged violations were recently filed against the companies. Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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dome and flagUS House Passes Save the Internet Act

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement after H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, passed on the floor of the House of Representatives by a vote of 232-190: Read More

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