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Checking In @ The FCC: The July 2020 Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

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Chairman Pai’s theme for the July 16, 2020 Open Meeting is “Not Alone,” reflecting the agenda’s headline item which would adopt rules to make 988 the nation-wide 3 digit number to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  But the agenda is far more diverse than the theme may suggest and contains many other items of importance to telecom providers. 

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Topics: #CheckingIn@TheFCC, National Suicide Hotline, Leased Commercial Access, TRACED Act, Wireless E911 Location Accuracy, Digital Opportunity Data Collection, 988, National Security Threats, FCC Open Meeting July 2020

Checking in @ The FCC - The March 2020 Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

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Chairman Pai’s theme for the March 31, 2020 Open Meeting is “Robocall Relief Springs Forward.” He explains saying: “This past weekend, Americans across the country lost time that they're never getting back, had their sleep disrupted, and complained about this injustice.  No, I'm not talking about springing our clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time. I'm talking about one of the few constants of American life that are even worse: unwanted robocalls.

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Topics: #CheckingIn@TheFCC, STIR/SHAKEN, Detariffing Telephone Access charges, robocall mitigation, Presubscribed Interexchange Carrier Charge, Subcriber Line Charge, Special Access Surcharge, non-IP caller ID authentication

Checking In @ The FCC The January Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

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Chairman Pai’s theme for the first meeting of 2020 is “Kicking Off the New Year in a Big Way.” (scheduled for, January 30, 2020). He notes that “[f]or the fourth year running, my biggest New Year's resolution at the office was to work to bridge the digital divide and provide more Americans digital opportunity.

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, #CheckingIn@TheFCC, FCC January Open Meeting Agenda, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) Rule, Video Relay Service (VRS), TV Station Notification Rules

Checking In @ The FCC - The December Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

988-01What will the FCC be tackling next?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the December 12, 2019 Open Meeting is “A Small Number, A Big Difference.”  This is a reference to the item adopting 988 as the nationwide 3-digit number to access suicide prevention and mental health services.  The rest of the agenda continues the FCC’s ongoing efforts to provide more spectrum for next generation wireless services and modernize its cable rules. Read More
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Topics: MOBILE NOW Act, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, #CheckingIn@TheFCC, local franchising authorities, 988: Suicide Prevention Hotline Number, VoIP Symmetry, LFAs, 5.9 GHz band, 3.3-3.55 GHz band

Checking In @ The FCC - The September Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

Pai speaksWhat Will The FCC be Tackling Next? "Storming Back Stronger."

Chairman Pai’s theme for the September 26, 2019 Open Meeting is “Storming Back Stronger,” a phrase the surely resonates with those of us on the east coast who have spent the last week or two fretting over Hurricane Dorian.  The “storm” agenda is anchored by the FCC’s consideration of an order to finalize Stage 2 of the FCC’s Uniendo a Puerto Rico and Connect USVI Funds. 

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Topics: intercarrier compensation, FCC Open Meeting for September, Priority Access Licenses, #CheckingIn@TheFCC, Access Arbitrage, Access Stimulation, tandem switching and transport charges, Uniendo a Puerto Rico and Connect USVI Funds, Disaster Preparation and Response Plan

Checking In @ The FCC - The August 2019 Open Meeting

Posted by Cory Garone

when-opportunity-knocksIs Opportunity Knocking?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the August 1, 2019 meeting is “When Opportunity Knocks” and draws from various movie and television sequels in the pop culture landscape.  The focus this month will be on several items intended to close the digital divide.  The “tentpole” of this effort is a proposal to adopt the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund intended to connect millions more rural homes and small businesses to high-speed broadband networks.  The FCC wants to build on the success of the Connect America Fund Phase II reverse auction.  Another item will focus on updating the way Form 477 data is collected through the Digital Opportunity Data Collection, an all-new approach to mapping that will collect granular broadband availability maps from service providers using shapefiles.  Read More
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Topics: high-cost universal service support, caller ID spoofing, #CheckingIn@TheFCC, FCC August Open Meeting, reporting on Form 477, FCC CAF Phase II, Kari’s Law/RAY BAUM’S Act, MLTS Calls to 911, Sunsetting the Form 477

Checking In @ The FCC - The July Open Meeting

Posted by Cory Garone

Pai SpeaksGiant leaps at the FCC?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the July 10, 2019 meeting is “A Giant Leap For 5G.”  The focus will be on taking important steps towards advancing 5G coverage and capacity.  The FCC plans to accomplish this by opening up the 2.5 GHz band for 5G as well as conducting a high-band spectrum auction.  The meeting will also concentrate attention on closing the digital divide by considering a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Declaratory Ruling covering what the FCC calls “multiple tenant environments,” or MTEs.

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Topics: Lifeline Recertification, Business Data Services, BDS, Broadband Access to Multiple Tenant Environments, FCC July Open Meeting, #CheckingIn@TheFCC, 2.5 GHz Band, 5G, 5G Incentive Auction, Access to Connected Care Services

Checking In @ The FCC - The April Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

large ajit-paiWhat will the FCC be tackling next?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the April meeting is “The Next Big Thing,” taken from a Vince Gill song. Vince GillChairman Pai explains that the first part of the agenda takes inspiration from the refrain that “[e]verybody's waiting for the next big thing, “which, for the Chairman’s purpose, is 5G, the “next big thing in wireless.” 

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Topics: Checking In @ The FCC, #CheckingIn@TheFCC, FCC Open Meeting for April, Cutting the cord, OTARD, UNE Forbearance Petition

Checking In @ The FCC - The March Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

What will the FCC be tackling next?

fcc front doors.jpgChairman Pai’s theme for the March (3/22/18) meeting is “Winning the Wireless Future.”  The  agenda is designed to advance the FCC’s strategy for 5G leadership and delivering next-generation wireless connectivity to American consumers using a three-part approach: forward-thinking spectrum policy, modernized rules for infrastructure deployment, and light-touch network regulation.  Read More
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Topics: robocalls, Consumer Signal Boosters, NHPA, Wireless Infrastructure Deployment, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, "Winning the Wireless Future", NEPA, #CheckingIn@TheFCC, 4.9 GHz Band, Wireless 911 Calls

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