Today’s Regulatory Mix: Pennsylvania Passes Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act, USDA Commits $21 Million for Broadband in Rural New York, WISPA, Charter and Others Urge FCC Against Higher Power CBRS Rules Pennsylvania Passes Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act Governor Tom Wolf (D.) signed the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act into law. House Bill 1621 is intended to improve connectivity across the commonwealth by increasing access to 5G technology, attaching small wireless facilities toRead More
Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Demands Two More Companies Halt Illegal Robocall Campaigns, NTIA Announces $288 Million in Funding Available to States to Build Broadband Infrastructure, Pennsylvania Governor Announces $5 Million Available to Expand Broadband, WISPA Questions Wisdom of the Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Funds
FCC Demands Two More Companies Halt Illegal Robocall Campaigns
The FCC announced that the Enforcement Bureau sent two more cease and desist letters in the ongoing fight against illegal robocalls. VaultTel Solutions and Prestige DR VoIP received demands to immediately cease carrying illegal robocall campaigns on their networks and report to the Commission steps implemented to prevent these operations from recurring.
Today’s Regulatory Mix: Kansas Lifeline Service Program Extensions, WISPA Urges the FCC to Use County-sized Areas for Auction of 3.4 GHz Spectrum
Kansas Lifeline Service Program Extensions
The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) issued an order waiving and extending certain Kansas Lifeline Service Program (KLSP) requirements, including re-certification and de-enrollment rules until June 30, coinciding with recent actions taken by the FCC. Read More
FCC To Consider Elimination of Rate Floor
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that, at its April Open Meeting, the FCC will vote on eliminating a policy known as the “rate floor,” which is forcing many rural customers to pay higher telephone rates. The FCC froze the rate floor in 2017. Now, the Chairman is asking his colleagues to eliminate it once and for all. Read More
Iowa Declines to Adopt Rate Caps for Inmate Calling Services
The Iowa Utilities Board (Board) has declined to adopt new inmate calling service (ICS) rules, including rate caps. Significantly, the Board found that most companies providing ICS in Iowa qualify as alternative operator service (AOS) companies, which are subject to Board regulation. As such, they must file tariffs with the Board for review and approval, which provides a flexible process to review the terms and costs of service. Read More
Today: US Court Upholds FCC Order on ETC Price Cap Carrier Duties, FCC Issues Fine for Failure to Provide Information, WISPA Joins in “Open Internet” Rules Litigation 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.