FCC HUB Reporting Deadlines
The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued guidance to rate-of-return Connect America Fund recipients regarding their obligation to report geo-located broadband information and make deployment certifications to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). Specifically, those carriers receiving Connect America Fund Broadband Loop Support (CAF-BLS) that did not have High Cost Universal Service Broadband portal (HUBB) reporting obligations prior to the the FCC’s 2018 order, will be required to submit geo-located broadband deployment information in the HUBB by March 1, 2021 for all locations to which broadband service of 25/3 Mbps or greater has been deployed since May 25, 2016.
The Regulatory Mix Today: FCC HUB Reporting Deadlines, FCC Truth-in-Billing Rules Comment Deadline, FTC/DOJ Draft Merger Guidelines Released
FCC Truth-In-Billing Rules Comment Deadline
The FCC announced the date for filing comments to refresh the record in its proceeding seeking to modernize and strengthen the FCC’s truth-in-billing rules. Specifically, the Bureau sought additional comment on proposals to extend the truth-in-billing rules to providers of interconnected VoIP services and to require carriers to separate government-mandated charges from other charges on consumers’ telephone bills. Comments are due March 12, 2020; reply comments are due March 13, 2020. Inteserra Briefing Service subscribers see Briefings dated 1/13/20 and 12/17/19.
FTC/DOJ Draft Merger Guidelines Released
The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division seek public comment on draft 2020 Vertical Merger Guidelines. Comments will be accepted for the next 30 days. The guidelines describe how the federal antitrust agencies review vertical mergers to evaluate whether the mergers violate antitrust law. (Vertical mergers combine two or more companies that operate at different levels in the same supply chain.)
The draft guidelines adopt the principles and analytical frameworks in the agencies’ Horizontal Merger Guidelines, including market definition, the analytic framework for evaluating entry considerations, the treatment of the acquisition of a failing firm or its assets, and the acquisition of a partial ownership interest. The draft guidelines:
The agencies will review and consider the public comments before issuing final Vertical Merger Guidelines
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.