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: Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast, US Senate Ensuring Network Security Act Introduced, US Senate ACCESS the Internet Act Introduced
Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel announced the releases of a new episode of her podcast, Broadband Conversations, the podcast dedicated to amplifying the voices of women from across the technology, innovation and media sectors. The latest episode featured Emily Ramshaw, Co-Founder and CEO of The 19th, a non-profit, nonpartisan news organization focused on reporting on women, policy, and politics. Read More
Today’s Regulatory Mix: US Senate Letter on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, FCC Announces Newest Round of Telehealth Application Funding, FCC Announces Additional Connect America Fund Phase II Auction Support
US Senate Letter On Rural Digital Opportunity Fund
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai requesting information on accelerating the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Read More
Today’s Regulatory Mix: Senator Introduces National Broadband Plan Bill, FTC Seeks Comment on Health Data Breach Rule, Representatives Introduce Universal Broadband Act
Senator Introduces National Broadband Plan Bill
Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, announced the National Broadband Plan for the Future Act, legislation that instructs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to update the National Broadband Plan, as well as study how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way Americans live, learn, and work online.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: Senate Commerce Committee Introduces Data Privacy Bill; Announces Hearing on Current State of Broadband and Will Examine FCC Initiatives, United States Partners with Czech Republic on Secure 5G Development
Senate Commerce Committee Introduces Data Privacy Bill; Announces Hearing on Current State of Broadband and Will Examine FCC Initiatives
First the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee announced the introduction of a new data privacy bill, titled the COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act. The legislation would provide all Americans with more transparency, choice, and control over the collection and use of their personal health, device, geolocation, and proximity data. The bill would also hold businesses accountable to consumers if they use personal data to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senate Bill Would Give the FTC Jurisdiction Over Telecom Companies
Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Protection from Robocalling Act to combat the dramatic increase in illegal robocalls. The bill amends the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act by removing in its entirety (i.e., not merely for purposes of regulating robocalling activity) the provision that exempts common carriers regulated by the FCC from the FTC’s jurisdiction. Read More
The FCC announced it will hold a workshop on August 20-21 in Billings, Montana designed to provide information that will help Tribal Nations identify and evaluate opportunities to develop more robust broadband, telecommunications, and broadcast infrastructure and services in Tribal communities. It is also designed to provide information about the FCC and how it conducts its regulatory responsibilities, and to encourage Tribal participation in the regulatory process. Read More
Today: Pennsylvania Reminds Users Of New Dialing Plan in 717 Area Code, US Senate Bill Proposes Rural Broadband Grants, New Report Measures Willingness To Pay For Certain Broadband Speed Features Read More
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 Briefing.
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing of the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law entitled: “Data Brokers – Is Consumers’ Information Secure?” Read More