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The Regulatory Mix - Friday, August 16, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC front viewFCC Recommends Designating 988 as the Dialing Code for the Suicide Prevention Hotline

The FCC announced that its Staff sent a Report Congress which recommends that the FCC consider designating 988 as the 3-digit dialing code to be used for a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.  The report, mandated by the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, finds that such a 3-digit number “would likely make it easier for Americans in crisis to access potentially life-saving resources.” 

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, BroadbandUSA, National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, 988

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, August 15, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

pai and FCC ShieldFCC’s Pai on Implementing Caller ID Authentication

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement in reaction to news that AT&T and T-Mobile are beginning to roll out the exchange of call authentication information between their two networks based on the SHAKEN/STIR framework.

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, SHAKEN/STIR, Caller ID Authentication, FCC Fraud Division

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

 

2013 BB Map New YorkNew York to get $39.2 Million in Federal Funding

The FCC announced authorization of over $39.2 million in federal funding over the next decade to expand broadband to 15,442 unserved rural New York homes and businesses, in partnership with the state’s New NY Broadband Program.  Providers will begin receiving funding this month.

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Topics: rural broadband, NY Broadband Program, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, CSRIC VII Membership

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, July 8, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

Pai SpeaksFCC Chairman Proposes New Rules Aimed to Ban Spoofed Texts and Foreign Robocalls

The FCC announced that Chairman Pai has proposed adoption of new rules banning malicious caller ID spoofing of text messages and international calls.  The Commission will vote on these new rules at its August 1, 2019 meeting.

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Topics: robocalls, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Broadband Conversations Podcast, Spoofed Texts, The Truth in Caller ID Act, Broadband Access in Multi-Tenant Environments

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, June 27, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC front view-1FCC Seeking Comment on EEO Enforcement

The FCC is seeking comment on how it can make improvements to its equal employment opportunity (EEO) compliance and enforcement.  The FCC has administered regulations  governing the EEO responsibilities of broadcast licensees since 1969, and of cable television operators since 1972.  Its EEO rules prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or sex (and for Multichannel Video Programming Distributors, or MVPDs, also age), and require broadcasters and MVPDs to provide equal employment opportunities.

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, broadcast licensees, EEO Enforcement, Ericsson 5G Factory

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, June 10, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC front doors angle-1FCC Authorizes Connect America Fund Phase II Auction Support for 856 Winning Bids

The FCC announced that it has authorized $166.8 million in funding to expand broadband over the next decade to unserved rural homes and businesses in 22 states, representing the second wave of support from last year’s successful Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction. Providers will begin receiving funding this month.

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Topics: rural broadband, broadband, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, CAF Phase II Auction Support

Checking In @ The FCC - The June Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC meeting room-1What will the FCC be tackling next?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the June 6, 2019 meeting is “Blocking and Tackling Robocalls.”  The centerpiece of the three-item agenda is a proposed declaratory ruling that, in the Chairman’s words, “would allow phone companies to implement strong call-blocking services as the default setting for their customers.”  Instead of being offered call blocking on an opt-in basis, carriers could “block calls unless you affirmatively opt-out.

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Topics: robocalls, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Blocking and Tackling Robocalls

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

Pai SpeaksPai Robocall Meeting in Oklahoma

Chairman Pai announced that he met with Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter to discuss robocalls and the state and federal governments response to combatting them.  During his visit, Pai also met with Department of Corrections officials to tour a prison and talk about the tools the state prison system needs to combat contraband cellphones.  He also visited a 911 call center and made a stop at the East Central Electric Coop in Okmulgee to discuss rural broadband deployment initiatives and the $22.2 million the company is receiving as part of the FCC’s Connect America Fund. 

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Topics: robocalls, North American Numbering Council, Nationwide Number Portability, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Texas Broadband Development, 911 Call Center, NANC Report on NNP Implementation Proposals

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

us-capitol-building-and-congressUS Senate Passes TRACED Act

In response to the Senate’s passage of the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, which targets illegal robocalls. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr each issued statements of support. 

Chairman Pai released a statement saying, in part: “I commend the U.S. Senate for passing the TRACED Act and Senators Thune and Markey for leading this bipartisan effort. The TRACED Act would help strengthen the FCC’s ability to combat illegal robocalls, and we would welcome these additional tools to fight this scourge.

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Topics: Robocall, Connect America Fund Phase II, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, TRACED Act, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, FCC CAF II Awards

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

pai and FCC ShieldFCC Chairman Speaks to Attorneys General On Consumer Protection

The FCC released a transcript of Chairman Ajit Pai’s recent remarks at the National Association of Attorneys General Consumer Protection Conference.  Among other things, Chairman Pai’s remarks included:

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Topics: Consumer Protection, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, 510 Area Code

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