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Posted by Amy Gross on 9/14/20 3:59 PM

Today's Regulatory Mix: US House FCC Oversight Hearing, FCC Seeks Comment on HCLA Average Schedule Formula, FCC Extends E-Rate and RHC Covid-19 Rule Waivers,

 

US Congress w flag portico shutterstock_150003068US House FCC Oversight Hearing

Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) announced that the Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a fully remote hearing on oversight of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with all five commissioners on Thursday, September 17, at 10 a.m. (EDT). The hearing is entitled, “Trump FCC: Four Years of Lost Opportunities.”

“After four years, this FCC has failed to make broadband any more affordable for consumers, which has exacerbated the digital divide,” said Pallone and Doyle. “Worse yet, they have not used all the tools at their disposal to blunt the terrible impact COVID-19 has had on Americans struggling to stay connected to schools, work and needed services. We look forward to questioning the commissioners on these and other issues next week.”

 

FCC Entrance Feb 2020 ShutterstockFCC Seeks Comment On HCLS Average Schedule Formula

The FCC is seeking comment the National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc. (NECA)’s  2021 Modification of the Average Schedule Universal Service High Cost Loop Support Formula.  If the proposed formula in the NECA filing is approved, it would take effect on January 1, 2021, and remain in effect through December 31, 2021. Comments are due October 5, 2020, and reply comments are due October 20,2020.

 

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2020 FCC SealFCC Extends E-Rate and RHC COVID-19 Rule Waivers

The FCC extended, until December 31, 2020, its prior waivers of Rural Health Care (RHC) and E-rate rules to assist RHC and E-rate participants responding to COVID-19.  Specifically, the FCC: (1) extended its waivers of the RHC and E-Rate program gift rules through December 31, 2020; (2) extended the 14-day response deadline for RHC program-related USAC information requests through December 31, 2020; and (3) directed USAC to give an additional 30 days to E-Rate program participants that request extensions to respond to: information requests issued through December 31, 2020 and related to pending USAC appeals; invoices; FCC Form 500 (Funding Commitment Adjustment Request Form) requests; audits, including Beneficiary and Contributor Audit Program (BCAP) and Payment Quality Assurance (PQA) audits; and PIA requests.

The gift rule waiver will permit service providers to continue to offer, and eligible RHC and E-Rate entities to continue to solicit and accept, improved capacity, Wi-Fi hotspots, networking gear, or other things of value to assist health care providers, schools and libraries, as well as doctors and patients, teachers, students, school administrators, and librarians and patrons during the coronavirus outbreak. As before, these gifts may include but are not limited to free upgrades to connections, connected devices, equipment, and other services for RHC and E-Rate program participants who provide care via telemedicine and free broadband connections, devices, or other services that support remote learning for students and teachers who will be taking classes at and providing instruction from home as a result of COVID-19. The previous waivers were set to expire September 30. 2020.

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Recent Briefings from Inteserra:

California Declares New County Specific State of Emergency Due to Fires; New Advice Letter Required

FCC Rules on Confidentiality of ICS Annual Reports 

FCC Seeks Comment on Emergency Access to Wi-Fi Access Points

 

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Topics: E-rate, FCC Pai is new Chairman, US House FCC Oversight, RHC, COVID-19 Rule Waivers, HCLA Average Schedule Formula

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Posted by Amy Gross on 9/14/20 3:59 PM

Today's Regulatory Mix: US House FCC Oversight Hearing, FCC Seeks Comment on HCLA Average Schedule Formula, FCC Extends E-Rate and RHC Covid-19 Rule Waivers,

 

US Congress w flag portico shutterstock_150003068US House FCC Oversight Hearing

Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) announced that the Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a fully remote hearing on oversight of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with all five commissioners on Thursday, September 17, at 10 a.m. (EDT). The hearing is entitled, “Trump FCC: Four Years of Lost Opportunities.”

“After four years, this FCC has failed to make broadband any more affordable for consumers, which has exacerbated the digital divide,” said Pallone and Doyle. “Worse yet, they have not used all the tools at their disposal to blunt the terrible impact COVID-19 has had on Americans struggling to stay connected to schools, work and needed services. We look forward to questioning the commissioners on these and other issues next week.”

 

FCC Entrance Feb 2020 ShutterstockFCC Seeks Comment On HCLS Average Schedule Formula

The FCC is seeking comment the National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc. (NECA)’s  2021 Modification of the Average Schedule Universal Service High Cost Loop Support Formula.  If the proposed formula in the NECA filing is approved, it would take effect on January 1, 2021, and remain in effect through December 31, 2021. Comments are due October 5, 2020, and reply comments are due October 20,2020.

 

Contact us about  The Telecom Regulatory Fees and Assessments Library with 911 Fees and Surcharges

 

 

 

 

 

2020 FCC SealFCC Extends E-Rate and RHC COVID-19 Rule Waivers

The FCC extended, until December 31, 2020, its prior waivers of Rural Health Care (RHC) and E-rate rules to assist RHC and E-rate participants responding to COVID-19.  Specifically, the FCC: (1) extended its waivers of the RHC and E-Rate program gift rules through December 31, 2020; (2) extended the 14-day response deadline for RHC program-related USAC information requests through December 31, 2020; and (3) directed USAC to give an additional 30 days to E-Rate program participants that request extensions to respond to: information requests issued through December 31, 2020 and related to pending USAC appeals; invoices; FCC Form 500 (Funding Commitment Adjustment Request Form) requests; audits, including Beneficiary and Contributor Audit Program (BCAP) and Payment Quality Assurance (PQA) audits; and PIA requests.

The gift rule waiver will permit service providers to continue to offer, and eligible RHC and E-Rate entities to continue to solicit and accept, improved capacity, Wi-Fi hotspots, networking gear, or other things of value to assist health care providers, schools and libraries, as well as doctors and patients, teachers, students, school administrators, and librarians and patrons during the coronavirus outbreak. As before, these gifts may include but are not limited to free upgrades to connections, connected devices, equipment, and other services for RHC and E-Rate program participants who provide care via telemedicine and free broadband connections, devices, or other services that support remote learning for students and teachers who will be taking classes at and providing instruction from home as a result of COVID-19. The previous waivers were set to expire September 30. 2020.

GET COVID-19 STATE REGULATORY ACTION LIST HERE

 

 

Recent Briefings from Inteserra:

California Declares New County Specific State of Emergency Due to Fires; New Advice Letter Required

FCC Rules on Confidentiality of ICS Annual Reports 

FCC Seeks Comment on Emergency Access to Wi-Fi Access Points

 

Receive Sample Trac-It Report!

____________________________

The Regulatory Mix, Inteserra’s blog of telecom related 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 an Inteserra Briefing.

 

 

Topics: E-rate, FCC Pai is new Chairman, US House FCC Oversight, RHC, COVID-19 Rule Waivers, HCLA Average Schedule Formula

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