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The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FTC and DOJ Hart-Scott Rodino Act Changes, US Senate Small Business Broadband and Emerging Information Technology Enhancement Act, FCC And NARUC Urge Governors To Lower State ICS Rates

 

FTC bldg shuttersockFTC and DOJ Hart-Scott Rodino Act Changes

The Federal Trade Commission, with the concurrence of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding proposed changes to the rules and interpretations implementing the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR). 

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Topics: FTC, Priority Access Licenses, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, DOJ, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, NARUC President Brandon Presley, State ICS Rates, US Senate Reintroduces Legislation

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

day's Regulatory Mix: The FCC, Department of Health, and Department of Agriculture Team Up for Rural Health, The FTC Signs Antitrust Cooperation Framework with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom

rural healthcareThe FCC, Department of Health, and Department of Agriculture Team Up for Rural Health

The FCC announced that it has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Rural Telehealth Initiative, a joint effort to collaborate and share information to address health disparities, resolve service provider challenges, and promote broadband services and technology to rural areas in America. 

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Topics: FTC, Canada, Rural Healthcare, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Department of Agriculture, United Kingdom, Department of Health, FTC Antitrust Cooperation Framework, Australia, New Zealand

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FTC Announces New DNC Registry Fees,  FCC Further Extends Temporary Relay Services Waivers, FCC Successfully Concludes 5G Mid-Band Spectrum Auction

 

FTC shutterstock_399778786FTC Announces New DNC Registry Fees

The Federal Trade Commission has announced FY 2021 fees for telemarketers accessing phone numbers on the National Do-Not-Call (DNC) Registry.  The new fees become effective October 1, 2020.  Most FY 2021 Registry access fees will increase slightly based on the re-evaluation required by the Do‑Not‑Call Registry Fee Extension Act of 2007. 

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Temporary Relay Services Waiver, FTC DNC Registry Fees, 5G Mid-Band Spectrum Auction

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, August 13, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: Court Upholds Most of FCC's Small Cell Orders, FCC Responds to Congress on COVID-19 Robocalls

 

court columns-1Court Upholds Most of FCC’s Small Cell Orders

 

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the FCC’s 2018 Small Cell Orders (Inteserra Briefing Service subscribers see Briefings dated 8/22/18 and 10/24/18,) with the exception of the provision dealing with the authority of local governments in the area of aesthetic regulations. The panel vacated the portions of the order requiring that aesthetic regulations be “no more burdensome” than requirements applied to other infrastructure deployment, and the FCC’s requirement that all local aesthetic regulations be “objective,” and remanded them to the FCC.

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, FCC Small Cell Order Appeals, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, COVID-19 Robocalls

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Releases Tropical Storm Isaias Communications Status Report, FCC's Pai on Freeing Up Spectrum for 5G, FCC Actions on Stage 2 of the Uniendo A Puerto Rico Fund and Connect USVI Funds

 

 

 

2020 FCC SealFCC Releases Tropical Storm Isaias Communications Status Report

 

The FCC released a report on the status of communications services in geographic areas impacted by Tropical Storm Isaias in Connecticut as of August 10, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. EST. This report incorporates network outage data submitted by communications providers to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS).

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Uniendo a Puerto Rico and Connect USVI Funds, DOD Spectrum for 5G, DOD 3.45-3.55 GHz band, FCC TS Isaias Storm Communications Status Report, Department of Defense

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, July 30, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court Ruling Reversing PUC's DAS Order, FCC Chairman Circulates Order to Ensure Predictable Increases in Mobile Broadband Provided Through Lifeline Program

 

court columnsPennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court Ruling Reversing PUC’s DAS Order

In June 2018, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania reversed the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) March 2017 Distributed Antennae Systems (DAS) Order.  The Court determined that DAS network operators’ transport service is a telecommunications service under PA law even though Wireless Service Providers (WSP) use it to transmit a service not regulated by the PUC (i.e. CMRS).  The Court decided that DAS network operators are a public utility, reversed the PUC’s March 2017 decision, and returned jurisdiction to the PUC to issue certificates of public convenience (CPC) to providers of DAS.

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Topics: Pennsylvania DAS Order, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Mobile Broadband Provided Through Lifeline Program

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, July 27, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: NARUC Urges Review Of Intrastate Inmate Calling Rates, New DEPLOY Broadband Act Would Fund Rural Broadband Development, FCC Chairman Announces Progress on Addressing Diameter Network Security Issues

 

 

NARUC logoNARUC Urges Review of Intrastate Inmate Calling Rates

In a press release, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners said it agrees with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on the issue of exorbitant inmate calling rates See the Regulatory Mix dated7/21/20 and is urging its member state commissions to review inmate calling rates in their respective jurisdictions.  NARUC President Presley said in part:

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Topics: rural broadband, NARUC, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, DEPLOY Broadband Act, Intrastate Inmate Calling Rates, Diameter Network Security Issues

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Increases Rural Health Care Funding, FCC to Fully Fund E-Rate Requests, FCC Issues NAL for Failing to Respond to USAC, FCC’s Pai Reacts To Supreme Court Robocall Decision

rural healthcareFCC Increases Rural Health Care Funding

The FCC’ Wireline Competition Bureau has directed the Universal Service Administrative Company, which administers the FCC’s Rural Health Care Program, to carry forward up to $197.98 million in unused funds from prior funding years to the extent necessary to satisfy funding year 2020 demand for the Program.

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Topics: E-rate, Rural Healthcare, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Supreme Court Robocall Decision, Failure to Respond to USAC

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, July 6, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FTC Releases Agenda for PrivacyCon 2020, FCC's Pai Asks for Response on 5G Strategy, FCC Approves 13th Set of COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications

 

FTC bldg shuttersockFTC Releases Agenda for PrivacyCon 2020

The FTC has released the final agenda for its fifth annual PrivacyCon event, which will be held online on July 21, 2020.  PrivacyCon 2020 will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss the latest research and trends related to consumer privacy and data security.

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Topics: FTC Robocall Crackdown, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, FTC PrivacyCon, COVID-19 Telehealth Applications, 5G Strategy

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, June 22, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: US Congress Bill to Advance Broadband Services, FCC’s Pai Asks Congress Help Consumers Stay Connected After The Keep Americans Connected Pledge Ends, US Congress Moving Forward Act

 

US Cap PA Ave dusk  shutterstockUS Congress Bill to Advance Broadband Services

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) announced  the introduction of the Rural Connectivity Advancement Program (RCAP) Act of 2020 (S.4015), which would capture a portion of the proceeds from spectrum auctions conducted by the FCC through September 30, 2022, for the build out of broadband networks.

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Topics: US Congress, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Keep Americans Connected Pledge, RCAP Act of 2020, Rural Connectivity Advancement Program, Moving Forward Act

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The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FTC and DOJ Hart-Scott Rodino Act Changes, US Senate Small Business Broadband and Emerging Information Technology Enhancement Act, FCC And NARUC Urge Governors To Lower State ICS Rates

 

FTC bldg shuttersockFTC and DOJ Hart-Scott Rodino Act Changes

The Federal Trade Commission, with the concurrence of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding proposed changes to the rules and interpretations implementing the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR). 

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Topics: FTC, Priority Access Licenses, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, DOJ, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, NARUC President Brandon Presley, State ICS Rates, US Senate Reintroduces Legislation

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

day's Regulatory Mix: The FCC, Department of Health, and Department of Agriculture Team Up for Rural Health, The FTC Signs Antitrust Cooperation Framework with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom

rural healthcareThe FCC, Department of Health, and Department of Agriculture Team Up for Rural Health

The FCC announced that it has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Rural Telehealth Initiative, a joint effort to collaborate and share information to address health disparities, resolve service provider challenges, and promote broadband services and technology to rural areas in America. 

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Topics: FTC, Canada, Rural Healthcare, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Department of Agriculture, United Kingdom, Department of Health, FTC Antitrust Cooperation Framework, Australia, New Zealand

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FTC Announces New DNC Registry Fees,  FCC Further Extends Temporary Relay Services Waivers, FCC Successfully Concludes 5G Mid-Band Spectrum Auction

 

FTC shutterstock_399778786FTC Announces New DNC Registry Fees

The Federal Trade Commission has announced FY 2021 fees for telemarketers accessing phone numbers on the National Do-Not-Call (DNC) Registry.  The new fees become effective October 1, 2020.  Most FY 2021 Registry access fees will increase slightly based on the re-evaluation required by the Do‑Not‑Call Registry Fee Extension Act of 2007. 

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Temporary Relay Services Waiver, FTC DNC Registry Fees, 5G Mid-Band Spectrum Auction

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, August 13, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: Court Upholds Most of FCC's Small Cell Orders, FCC Responds to Congress on COVID-19 Robocalls

 

court columns-1Court Upholds Most of FCC’s Small Cell Orders

 

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the FCC’s 2018 Small Cell Orders (Inteserra Briefing Service subscribers see Briefings dated 8/22/18 and 10/24/18,) with the exception of the provision dealing with the authority of local governments in the area of aesthetic regulations. The panel vacated the portions of the order requiring that aesthetic regulations be “no more burdensome” than requirements applied to other infrastructure deployment, and the FCC’s requirement that all local aesthetic regulations be “objective,” and remanded them to the FCC.

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, FCC Small Cell Order Appeals, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, COVID-19 Robocalls

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Releases Tropical Storm Isaias Communications Status Report, FCC's Pai on Freeing Up Spectrum for 5G, FCC Actions on Stage 2 of the Uniendo A Puerto Rico Fund and Connect USVI Funds

 

 

 

2020 FCC SealFCC Releases Tropical Storm Isaias Communications Status Report

 

The FCC released a report on the status of communications services in geographic areas impacted by Tropical Storm Isaias in Connecticut as of August 10, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. EST. This report incorporates network outage data submitted by communications providers to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS).

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Uniendo a Puerto Rico and Connect USVI Funds, DOD Spectrum for 5G, DOD 3.45-3.55 GHz band, FCC TS Isaias Storm Communications Status Report, Department of Defense

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, July 30, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court Ruling Reversing PUC's DAS Order, FCC Chairman Circulates Order to Ensure Predictable Increases in Mobile Broadband Provided Through Lifeline Program

 

court columnsPennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court Ruling Reversing PUC’s DAS Order

In June 2018, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania reversed the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) March 2017 Distributed Antennae Systems (DAS) Order.  The Court determined that DAS network operators’ transport service is a telecommunications service under PA law even though Wireless Service Providers (WSP) use it to transmit a service not regulated by the PUC (i.e. CMRS).  The Court decided that DAS network operators are a public utility, reversed the PUC’s March 2017 decision, and returned jurisdiction to the PUC to issue certificates of public convenience (CPC) to providers of DAS.

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Topics: Pennsylvania DAS Order, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Mobile Broadband Provided Through Lifeline Program

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, July 27, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: NARUC Urges Review Of Intrastate Inmate Calling Rates, New DEPLOY Broadband Act Would Fund Rural Broadband Development, FCC Chairman Announces Progress on Addressing Diameter Network Security Issues

 

 

NARUC logoNARUC Urges Review of Intrastate Inmate Calling Rates

In a press release, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners said it agrees with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on the issue of exorbitant inmate calling rates See the Regulatory Mix dated7/21/20 and is urging its member state commissions to review inmate calling rates in their respective jurisdictions.  NARUC President Presley said in part:

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Topics: rural broadband, NARUC, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, DEPLOY Broadband Act, Intrastate Inmate Calling Rates, Diameter Network Security Issues

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Increases Rural Health Care Funding, FCC to Fully Fund E-Rate Requests, FCC Issues NAL for Failing to Respond to USAC, FCC’s Pai Reacts To Supreme Court Robocall Decision

rural healthcareFCC Increases Rural Health Care Funding

The FCC’ Wireline Competition Bureau has directed the Universal Service Administrative Company, which administers the FCC’s Rural Health Care Program, to carry forward up to $197.98 million in unused funds from prior funding years to the extent necessary to satisfy funding year 2020 demand for the Program.

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Topics: E-rate, Rural Healthcare, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Supreme Court Robocall Decision, Failure to Respond to USAC

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, July 6, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FTC Releases Agenda for PrivacyCon 2020, FCC's Pai Asks for Response on 5G Strategy, FCC Approves 13th Set of COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications

 

FTC bldg shuttersockFTC Releases Agenda for PrivacyCon 2020

The FTC has released the final agenda for its fifth annual PrivacyCon event, which will be held online on July 21, 2020.  PrivacyCon 2020 will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss the latest research and trends related to consumer privacy and data security.

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Topics: FTC Robocall Crackdown, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, FTC PrivacyCon, COVID-19 Telehealth Applications, 5G Strategy

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, June 22, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: US Congress Bill to Advance Broadband Services, FCC’s Pai Asks Congress Help Consumers Stay Connected After The Keep Americans Connected Pledge Ends, US Congress Moving Forward Act

 

US Cap PA Ave dusk  shutterstockUS Congress Bill to Advance Broadband Services

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) announced  the introduction of the Rural Connectivity Advancement Program (RCAP) Act of 2020 (S.4015), which would capture a portion of the proceeds from spectrum auctions conducted by the FCC through September 30, 2022, for the build out of broadband networks.

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Topics: US Congress, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Keep Americans Connected Pledge, RCAP Act of 2020, Rural Connectivity Advancement Program, Moving Forward Act

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