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Checking In @ The FCC - The January Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

What will the FCC be tackling next? Here is what is queued up for the January Open Meeting.

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Topics: FCC CAF II Auction, CAF II Rules Reconisderation, Connect America Cost Model, CAM, wireless emergency alerts, WEAs, Rural Broadband Experiments, Home Page

A Broadband Christmas Gift from the FCC

Posted by Don Gale

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its final list of eligible census blocks and block groups for the Connect America Fund Phase 2 (CAF II) Auction. The list reflects data from the FCC Form 477 filings reflecting December 2016 broadband deployment. 

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Topics: CAF II Auction, Geographic Bidding Units, Eligible Census Blocks, Available Funding, TMI's GIS and Data Analytics Team, Home Page

BIAS Reclassification with the FCC and the FTC: What’s Next?

Posted by Amy Gross

Now that the FCC has officially voted to reclassify broadband Internet access service (BIAS) as an information service,

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Topics: BIAS, Broadband Internet Access Service, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, FTC Guidlines, FCC Rules, Home Page

Checking In @ The FCC - The December Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

What will the FCC be tackling next?

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Topics: Open Internet, BIAS, Twilight Towers, CMRS Presumption, Rural Healthcare, Blue Alerts, Cable Communications, Net Neutrality, Home Page

Checking In @ The FCC  - The November Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

What will the FCC be tackling next?

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Topics: Wireline Broadband Deployment, pole attachment reforms, network change notification process, copper retirement, wireless deployment, robocalling, Lifeline, ETCs, do-not-originate, DNO, Cable Reporting, Form 325, FCC Open Meeting, Home Page

Too Soon for Another Copper Retirement Party?

Posted by Don Gale

Copper is often overlooked when compared to other metals. However, due to its conductive capabilities, it has been a long-time friend and partner to the evolution of human communication. As we are advancing towards its retirement in the Telecom industry, I decided to look into this very useful metal throughout history.

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Topics: copper retirement, DSL, network outage, network restoration, end-to-end replacements, fiber to copper conversion equipment, ILECs’ copper retirement, Wired to Wireless, International Copper Alliance, ICA, copper mining, Home Page

Have you ever asked, "How do I dial 911 from this phone?"

Posted by Don Gale

People who work at a variety of locations often see different phone systems at each office.  Individual phone systems may have a different code to get an outside dial tone. Many offices require you to dial 9 first, while others require you to dial 8.

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Topics: 911, Kari's Law, PBX, VoIP System, tie lines, PS Docket 17-239, PSAP, featured post, Home Page

For Telecom, Slamming and Cramming Issues Persist

Posted by Karen Ritter

In 1999, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules to deter slamming and cramming by carriers and to help consumers gain a better understanding of their telecommunications bills. In 2012, to address a surge in cramming, the FCC required that landline carriers offer their customers the option to block third-party charges by making it clearly known on their website, on each bill, and at the point of sale.

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Topics: slamming, cramming, slamming and cramming, FCC's truth-in-billing rules, third party billing, Preferred Carrier - PIC - Freezes, TPV, “Double-Check” by Executing Carrier, Sales Call Misrepresentations, Home Page

The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Form 477 Reporting

Posted by Connie Wightman

Each year TMI geocodes millions of address records for over 100 telecommunications and cable companies for FCC reporting. The results are used to create files organized by US Census tract and block that are uploaded into the FCC 477 database. 

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Topics: FCC Form 477 Reporting, who files 477 reports, penalties for failing to file 477, what is a broadband connection, VoIP services, Geocoding, Census tract and block, broadband reporting, Home Page

A Third Bite At the Apple: Step 6 ILEC Opposition

Posted by Carey Roesel

My May 3rd blog post was entitled “Access Step 6 - Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace . ..” Last week demonstrated that was a bit of an overstatement. In this business, one rarely has to forever hold their peace. Parties that had concerns about the tandem/transport portion of the Step 6 tariff filings and rate implementation took the logical next step – oppose the filings during the approval interval. CenturyLink, Level 3, and Sprint all filed petitions to reject or suspend and investigate the Step 6 tariff filings of one or more price cap ILECS.

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Topics: Step 6 ILEC Tariffs, Step 6 ILEC Opposition, FCC Rule 51.907(g), treatment of tandem/transport traffic, price cap ILECs, CLECs file date July 14, Home Page

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