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The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FTC bldgFTC Releases Details for its Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection

In a press release, the FTC issued details for its upcoming June 12, 2019, hearing.  See the Regulatory Mix dated 6/3/19.

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Topics: USAC, FCC Rural Health Care, FTC Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection, FY 2019 filing window

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, June 3, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

arts_idahocapitolbuildingIdaho Governor Launches Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Effort

In a press release the Governor announced that he signed an executive order today, establishing the Idaho Broadband Task Force to improve connectivity and broadband infrastructure across Idaho.  “In a data-driven society, connectivity is imperative for a vital economy,” Governor Little said.  “Improved broadband infrastructure ensures both urban and rural Idaho will be connected and well-positioned to attract business and enhance our citizens’ quality of life.”  Governor Little directed the task force to come up with recommendations by November on ways the state can assist in furthering Idaho’s connectivity and speeds. Idaho Department of Commerce Director Tom Kealey will chair the task force.  The group will focus its efforts on mapping Idaho’s existing services and identifying gaps in Idaho’s broadband infrastructure. Read More
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Topics: broadband, FTC Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection, 689 Area Code

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

kansasstatehouse2-crop-729x500Kansas Broadband Map

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers announced the completion of the first iteration of a broadband availability map for the State of Kansas.  “High speed broadband access is no longer a luxury, and unfortunately, there are still many areas throughout Kansas without adequate access to quality, affordable advanced broadband services,” Governor Kelly said.

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Topics: FTC Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection, Broadband Map

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 - Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

1200px-Iowa-StateSeal.svgIowa Requires ICS Tariff Filings

The Iowa Utilities Board (Board) has issued an Order clarifying that all alternative operator service (AOS) companies providing inmate calling services (ICS) must file a complete set of new tariffs.  In Iowa, ICS providers are registered as AOS companies. 

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Topics: Inmate Calling Services, Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection, FTC Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection, ICS Tariff Filings, AOS, Alternative Operator Service

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, March 8, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

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Virgin Islands Granted Waiver to Conduct Wireless Emergency Alert Test

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau issued an order granting a limited waiver allowing Emergency Alert System (EAS) Participants and Participating Commercial Mobile Service (CMS) Providers to participate in a test to be conducted by the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency.  The test will be conducted on March 14, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. Atlantic Standard Time. 

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Topics: EAS System, FTC Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection, Wireless Emergency Alert Test, Stop Clock on T-Mobile and Sprint

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

FTC-2-1FTC Announces New Sessions of its Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection

The FTC sets new dates for the two previously scheduled sessions – broadband and consumer privacy – canceled due to the recent lapse in government funding.  The Hearings will also include sessions on international issues in competition, consumer protection and privacy, and the analysis of merger retrospectives, as well as a State Attorneys General roundtable. 

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Topics: FTC Premerger Notification Filing Thresholds, FTC Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Posted by Cory Garone

Today:  FTC's Schedule for Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection,  FCC Renews BDAC Committee, Oklahoma USF Contributions

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Topics: BDAC, OUSF, FTC Privacy and Data Security Hearings, FTC Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection, Oklahoma USF

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Posted by Amy Gross

Today:  Ohio ETC Rolling Lifeline Recertification Obligation, FCC to Observe National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush, FTC Eighth Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection 

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Topics: Lifeline ETCs, FCC Closes for National Day of Mourning, FTC Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection, Ohio LIfeline Recertification Obligation, #FTCHearings

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