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The Regulatory Mix - Friday May 22, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: FTC & FCC Send Letters to More VoIP Providers Facilitating Illegal Coronavirus-related Robocalls

FTC & FCC Send Letters to More VoIP Providers Facilitating Illegal Coronavirus-related Robocalls

FTC jerphoto shutterstock_1446504773In an FTC news release, along with the FCC, both commissions announced they have sent joint letters to three companies providing VoIP services, warning them that routing and transmitting illegal coronavirus-related scam robocalls is itself illegal and may lead to federal law enforcement against them.

 

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Topics: FCC, FTC, Robocall, USTelecom, robocall traceback, COVID-19, TSR

The Regulatory Mix - Monday May 18, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: USDA Announces End of Round One for ReConnect Program with Iowa Award, FTC Obtains Final Order Against Do Not Call Violators

USDA Announces End of Round One for ReConnect Program with Iowa Award

fa-policy-usda-building-1USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that USDA is investing more than $500,000 to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Iowa. This investment is part of USDA’s round one investments through the ReConnect Pilot Program.

 

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Topics: FCC, FTC, TCPA, FTC Do Not Call List, Iowa Broadband Grants, USDA Reconnect Program, COVID-19, TSR, FCRA

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday May 13, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Releases Report on 2019 Nationwide Emergency Alert Test, FTC Files Complaint Against Telemarketers

FCC Releases Report on 2019 Nationwide Emergency Alert Test

The FCC has released its 2019 Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test Report.  The report contains details about a nationwide test conducted on August 7, 2019, of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) using only the broadcast-based distribution system by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in Woman using cellphone at nightcoordination with the Federal Communications Commission (Commission or FCC).

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Topics: FCC, FTC, FEMA Emergency Alert System test, FTC Telemarketing Complaint Settlement, telemarketing calls, COVID-19

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday May 12, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: Senator Introduces National Broadband Plan Bill, FTC Seeks Comment on Health Data Breach Rule, Representatives Introduce Universal Broadband Act

Senator Introduces National Broadband Plan Bill 

Washington, DC at the Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial during spring.Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, announced the National Broadband Plan for the Future Act, legislation that instructs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to update the National Broadband Plan, as well as study how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way Americans live, learn, and work online.

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Topics: FCC, US House of Representatives, broadband, FTC, US Senate, broadband internet, COVID-19, Senator Edward J. Markey, health data, comments

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, April 16, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix:  California to Hold Virtual Broadband Access Workshop, California Issues Proposed Decision Approving Sprint/T-Mo0. bile Merger; Sets 5G Network  Milestones, FTC Launches New Online Tools for Sharing Data About International Scams

 

220px-Brownofficebuilding_(1)California PUC to Hold Virtual Broadband Access Workshop 

The California PUC announced it would hold a virtual workshop on April 23, 2020, to consult with local governments, broadband providers, consumers, and other stakeholders on cost-effective strategies for expanding broadband access in unserved areas of the state. 

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Topics: FTC, Sprint T-Mobile Merger, California Broadband Access, Sharing Data About International Scams

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Mandates STIR/SHAKEN, FCC Proposes Elimination of Certain Line Item  Charges, FTC Says Data Shows Increase in Coronavirus-Related Complaints 


 

FCC entrance shutterstock-1FCC Mandates STIR/SHAKEN 

At its Open Meeting this morning, the FCC voted to require all originating and terminating voice service providers to implement STIR/SHAKEN in the Internet Protocol (IP) portions of their networks by June 30, 2021, a deadline that is consistent with Congress’s direction in the recently-enacted TRACED Act.

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Topics: FTC, STIR/SHAKEN, Coronavirus, Line Item Charges

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, March 30, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FTC  Warns Service Providers Against "Assisting and Facilitating" Illegal Coronavirus-Related Telemarketing Calls, FCC Announces New COVID-19 Telehealth Program , FCC Home Network Tips for the Coronavirus Pandemic, FCC Supports Tribal Connectivity in New Mexico

 

FTC bldg-1FTC Warns Service Providers Against ‘Assisting and Facilitating’ Illegal Coronavirus-Related Telemarketing Calls 

In a press release, the FTC announced its staff sent letters to nine Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers and other companies warning them that “assisting and facilitating” illegal telemarketing or robocalls related to the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic is against the law.

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Topics: FTC, FCC Telehealth Program, telemarketing calls, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Tribal Connectivity in New Mexico

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Grants TRS Waivers in Light of COVID-19, FCC Waives E-Rate and RHC Gift Rules, FTC Outlines Response to COVID-19 

 

FCC logo-1FCC Grants TRS Waivers in Light of COVID-19 

The FCC has granted Telecommunications Relay Service providers temporary waivers to better enable American Sign Language interpreters to work from home in order to maintain relay services during the current coronavirus pandemic for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind, or have a speech disability. 

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Topics: TRS, FTC, FCC E-Rate, COVID-19, RHC Gift Rules

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, August 23, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

robocall device51 State Attorneys General and 12 Major Carriers Announce Anti-Robocall Principles

In a press release the Attorney General of North Carolina announced they joined 50 other Attorneys General and 12 phone companies to create a set of principles aimed at thwarting illegal robocalls.  In the release the AG advised that the phone companies have agreed to adopt eight principles to fight illegal robocalls.

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Topics: FTC, SHAKEN/STIR, Anti-Robocall Principles, 2020 DNC Registry Fees

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, August 1, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

Senate Bill Would Give the FTC Jurisdiction Over Telecom Companies

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Protection from Robocalling Act to combat the dramatic increase in illegal robocalls. The bill amends the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act by removing in its entirety (i.e., not merely for purposes of regulating robocalling activity) the provision that exempts common carriers regulated by the FCC from the FTC’s jurisdiction. 

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Topics: FTC, US Senate, CRTC, IIA, Protection from Robocalling Act, ISP Code of Conduct, Internet Innovation Alliance

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