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The Regulatory Mix – Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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Today’s Regulatory Mix:  US Congress Telecom Legislation, FCC To Expand Funding Base For Internet Based TRS

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Yesterday, the US House passed the following telecom-related bills that were reported favorably from the Energy and Commerce Committee.

  • The Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act of 2020 (H.R. 6096), that amends the existing law to classify emergency alerts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a type of alert that commercial mobile service providers may not allow subscribers to block from their devices.  Read More
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The Regulatory Mix – Friday, June 26, 2020

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: US Congress Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, FCC Releases Updated List of Eligible Areas for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction

 

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US Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) announced they introduced the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, a bill to bolster national security interests and better protect communities across the country by ending the use of “warrant-proof” encrypted technology by terrorists and other bad actors to conceal illicit behavior.  Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Thursday, June 25, 2020

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Issues Staff Report on Robocalling Tools, USDA Announces Funding for Georgia Broadband, US Congress Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, US Congress Bills To Close the Digital Divide

 

2020 FCC SealFCC Issues Staff Report on Robocalling Tools

The FCC issued its 2020 staff report on the availability and effectiveness of call blocking tools offered to consumers.  The report finds that call blocking tools are now substantially available to consumers at no or low cost. The report finds that that billions of unwanted calls are now being blocked each year, often at no cost to the consumer. Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC to Vote on Designating 988 for National Suicide Prevention Hotline, US Congress RDOF Funding

 

suicide prevention hotling shutterstock_1731679390FCC to Vote on Designating 988 for National Suicide Prevention Hotline

The FCC announced it will vote, at its July 16 Open Meeting, on final rules designating 988 as the new, nationwide, phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors.  Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Monday, June 22, 2020

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: US Congress Bill to Advance Broadband Services, FCC’s Pai Asks Congress Help Consumers Stay Connected After The Keep Americans Connected Pledge Ends, US Congress Moving Forward Act

 

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U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) announced  the introduction of the Rural Connectivity Advancement Program (RCAP) Act of 2020 (S.4015), which would capture a portion of the proceeds from spectrum auctions conducted by the FCC through September 30, 2022, for the build out of broadband networks. Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: US Congress Seeks More Information on FCC’s COVID 19 Telehealth Program, FCC Seeks Comment on Waiver of CAF Auction II Location Adjustment Rules, FTC To Hold Virtual PrivacyCon Event

 

US Cap PA Ave dusk  shutterstock-1US Congress Seeks More Information on FCC’s COVID 19 Telehealth Program

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) have asked FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to provide additional transparency on the distribution of public funds through the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Friday May 1, 2020

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Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Chairman Extends Keep Americans Connected Pledge, Federal House Leaders Announce Affordable Broadband Internet Plan, FCC Drops Citation Requirement for Robocallers

FCC Chairman Extends Keep Americans Connected Pledge

pai-bio-page-10242018 (1)FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the extension of his Keep Americans Connected Pledge until June 30, 2020.

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The Regulatory Mix – Thursday, March 28, 2019

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jnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccoolUS Congress Secure 5G and Beyond Act

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Richard Burr (R-NC) and (D-VA), announced the introduction of the Secure 5G and Beyond Act. This legislation would require the President to develop a strategy to ensure the security of next-gen mobile telecommunications systems and infrastructure in the United States, as well as to assist allies in maximizing the security of their systems, infrastructure, and software.  Read More

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The Regulatory Mix – Friday, March 2, 2018

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Today:  FCC Open Meeting Agenda for March, Pennsylvania Reminds Residents of New 445 Area Code, US Congress Announces Bill on FCC Reauthorization and Wireless Deployment

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The Regulatory Mix – Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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 The_Mix_logo3.pngToday: Net Neutrality Congressional Review Act, FCC Open Meeting for January, FTC Settles Landmark Online Privacy Case

 

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