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The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

US Housejnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccool Robocalling Bill

Six members introduced the Locking Up Robocallers Act of 2019, which directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide evidence of unlawful robocall violations to the Attorney General.  The bill is intended to strengthen enforcement of current robocall laws aimed at ending the scourge of predatory robocalls.  It would also require the FCC to provide annual reports to Congress containing the number of times the FCC provided evidence of unlawful robocalls to the Attorney General and a summary of the types of violations to which such evidence related.

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Topics: robocalls, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, FCC Telehealth Initiative, Locking Up Robocallers Act of 2019

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 - Thursday, April 25, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC Commissioner Brendan CarrFCC’s Carr Calls for Initiative on Community Colleges as Pipelines for 5G Jobs

During a visit to the Tower Installation Program at Aiken Technical College FCC Commissioner Branden Carr delivered remarks on ensuring the United States has the skilled workforce in place to build next-gen wireless networks and win the race to 5G. In particular, he identified the need for more Telecom Tower Technicians (known as “TTT-1”s) and how the U.S. can achieve that goal by expanding on Aiken’s model program. 

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Topics: IoT, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, 5G Jobs, Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things, California Broadband Access Workshop

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

dome and flagUS House Passes Save the Internet Act

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement after H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, passed on the floor of the House of Representatives by a vote of 232-190:

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Topics: Net Neutrality, INCOMPAS, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, Save the Internet Act, Enforcement Advisory on Video TV Set-Top Boxes

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, March 28, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

jnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccoolUS Congress Secure 5G and Beyond Act

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Richard Burr (R-NC) and (D-VA), announced the introduction of the Secure 5G and Beyond Act. This legislation would require the President to develop a strategy to ensure the security of next-gen mobile telecommunications systems and infrastructure in the United States, as well as to assist allies in maximizing the security of their systems, infrastructure, and software. 

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Topics: US Congress, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, West Virginia Small Cell Legislation, Secure 5G and Beyond Act

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

fine_0-600x432-1FTC Settles with Robocallers

The FCC announced it has settled with four different entities responsible for bombarding consumers nationwide with billions of unwanted and illegal robocalls pitching auto warranties, debt-relief services, home security systems, fake charities, and Google search results services.  The FTC accused them of violating the FTC Act and the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), including its Do Not Call (DNC) provisions. 

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Topics: FTC Act, FTC Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, Robocallers, next-generation infrastructure

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

full commissioner seats FCCFCC Spectrum Horizons Order

The FCC voted to adopt new rules to encourage the development of new communications technologies and expedite the deployment of new services in the spectrum above 95 GHz.  This spectrum has long been considered the outermost horizon of the usable spectrum range, but rapid advancements in radio technology have made these bands especially ripe for new development. 

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Topics: 95 GHz, Spectrum Horizons, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, wireless location acuracy, EEO Enforcement Unit, WISPAMERICA

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

www.inteserra.comhs-fshubfsinteserra-regulatory mixjnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccoolUS Congress FCC Oversight

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai requesting information and documents related to the FCC’s current workload, the work of its bureaus and offices, and the FCC’s interactions with the public through its handling of consumer complaints and Freedom of Information Act requests.  Pallone and Doyle told Pai that the Committee will be reassuming its traditional role of oversight to ensure the agency is acting in the best interest of the public and consistent with its legislative authority.  

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Topics: US House FCC Oversight, Wireless Infrastrucure Deployment, 5G, House Energy and Commerce, National Association of Tower Erectors’, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, NATE

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