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Mining Gold from your FCC Form 477

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Imagine working at a company that has a detailed snapshot of its entire customer base every six months.  That snapshot includes each customer’s physical location and mix of services purchased.  Oh, and throw in a snapshot of service availability for future customers.  Wouldn’t that be great!  Imagine how useful that data would be to all departments for planning purposes and performance evaluation. Read More
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Preparing For 911 Reliability Certification October 2015 Deadline

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TMI 911 Reliability CertificationRecently, the FCC clarified rules for 911 reliability certifications (TMI Regulatory Bulletin Service subscribers see Bulletin dated 8/3/15). Remember, in 2013, the FCC adopted rules requiring entities that route 911 calls and number or location information to PSAPs to implement either industry best practices or alternative measures that are reasonably sufficient to ensure 911 reliability? Covered providers must make annual compliance certifications to the FCC. Your company is a “Covered” provider if:

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March 3rd – Here Comes The FCC Form 477 Data Filing Deadline Again!

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477 Data Filing Deadline

FCC Form 477s must be filed very soon – March 3, 2014 to be exact. Normally due on the first of March, this year’s deadline has been extended to March 3rd. Hurray for 2 extra days! For many carriers, the broadband reporting requirement of the Form 477 is the most difficult to manage. That’s because providers are required to report detailed broadband subscriber data by US Census Tract. Reporting must be done in four broad steps:

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The Regulatory Mix – Thursday, December 12, 2013

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The Regulatory Mix

The Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court, issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Regulatory Bulletin.

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‘Twas weeks before New Year’s: Telecom Carriers Crafting 499 Plans?

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Telecom carriers' Form 499 Plan‘Twas just weeks before New Year’s

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TMI’s Broadband News and Notes

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Broadband News TMIAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced 14 awards in 8 states totaling $20.3 million for projects to bring broadband to unserved rural communities. In announcing the awards, Vilsack stated: “Access to broadband is one of the most important investments in rural communities today. These awards will help create jobs, and give rural residents greater access to educational, health care and social services.” Read More
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The Regulatory Mix – Monday, October 7, 2013

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telecom regulatory monitoring for the regulatory mixThe Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court, issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Regulatory Bulletin.

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Give me your tired and poor……copper wire

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Copper-based network going away?I am not a Luddite and do not long for the days before computers, cable TV and VoIP. But Fran Martens, one of our senior analysts, is always sure to copy me on copper land line issues. She knows I am one of those people who cares about retaining this option. My other colleagues, within TMI and outside of TMI, assure me that I just need to get used to the idea that copper wires to our homes and offices will become obsolete when voice-as-an-application over broadband is the standard. Maybe the transition will take a decade or more – but obsolescence is assured nonetheless.

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Waiting to get organized for Annual Reporting Season? Think again.

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get compliance reporting data prepared earlyHave you ever waited until the last minute to pack for a week-long vacation? Or do your grocery shopping for Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday night at 8 pm? Waiting can cause unnecessary headaches – like searching for a 20 lb turkey and no store having one close to that size. Then you find one, but it’s frozen, and you have to defrost it by 10 a.m. the next morning to get it into the oven. And then, after your hair grows back, you ask yourself, why did I wait that long to get prepared?
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FCC Website Furloughed

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FCC mice running the webiste
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