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
There has been a lot of talk lately about Section 230 of the Communications Act in the news. This section gives protection to interactive computer services for their content moderation practices. In July 2020, the NTIA filed a petition with the FCC seeking new rules regarding the scope and applicability of Section 230. Read More
Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces Availability of ICS Rate Database for Qualified Parties, Senate Passes SAFE WEB Act
FCC Announces Availability of ICS Rate Database for Qualified Parties
The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) and Office of Economics and Analytics (OEA) announced the availability of the database developed by Commission staff for use in the FCC’s proceeding considering changes to its inmate calling service rate caps. Inteserra Briefing Service subscribers see Briefing dated 8/25/20.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: FTC and DOJ Hart-Scott Rodino Act Changes, US Senate Small Business Broadband and Emerging Information Technology Enhancement Act, FCC And NARUC Urge Governors To Lower State ICS Rates
day’s Regulatory Mix: The FCC, Department of Health, and Department of Agriculture Team Up for Rural Health, The FTC Signs Antitrust Cooperation Framework with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom
The FCC, Department of Health, and Department of Agriculture Team Up for Rural Health
The FCC announced that it has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Rural Telehealth Initiative, a joint effort to collaborate and share information to address health disparities, resolve service provider challenges, and promote broadband services and technology to rural areas in America. Read More
Today’s Regulatory Mix: FTC Testifies to Congress on COVID-19 Scams, FCC Seeks Comment for 2020 CVAA Biennial Report, FCC Reminds Cable and Satellite TV Operators of New Notice Requirements
FTC Testifies to Congress on COVID-19 Scams
The FTC announced that it recently testified before the Senate Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection on its efforts to combat scams and other consumer problems related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The testimony, delivered by Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Andrew Smith, outlined the FTC’s efforts to protect consumers from scammers seeking to take advantage of the pandemic. Read More
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: 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.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Releases Report on 2019 Nationwide Emergency Alert Test, FTC Files Complaint Against Telemarketers
FCC Releases Report on 2019 Nationwide Emergency Alert Test
The FCC has released its 2019 Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test Report. The report contains details about a nationwide test conducted on August 7, 2019, of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) using only the broadcast-based distribution system by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (Commission or FCC).