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The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

court columnsCourt Denies Motion to Stay Access Arbitrage Order 

US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an order denying motion for stay of the FCC's Access Arbitrage order.  That order adopted rules aimed at eliminating the financial incentives to engage in access stimulation.  Under the new rules, a CLEC will be considered an access stimulator if it has an interstate terminating-to-originating traffic ratio of at least 6:1 in an end office in a calendar month.  If a CLEC is engaged in access stimulation it may not bill an IXC for terminating switched access tandem switching or terminating switched access transport for any traffic between its terminating end office (or equivalent) and the associated access tandem switch. 

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Topics: Lifeline, National Security, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Access Arbitrage, FCC’s Universal Service Fund and TRS Fund, FCC Debarment and Suspension Rules

Checking In @ The FCC The November Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

Pai speaks-1What will the FCC be tackling next?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the November 22, 2019 Open Meeting is “Protecting National Security and Public Safety.”  This is a reference to two of the items: one that would prohibit the use of any federal universal service funds to purchase equipment or services from a company that poses a national security risk and another that would adopt vertical location (z-axis) accuracy metrics for wireless calls to help first responders identify a 911 caller’s location in a high-rise building. 

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Topics: National Security, Wireless E911 Location Accuracy, Unbundling and Resale Rules, IP CTS Support, Suspension and Debarment, USF Programs, TRS Programs

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC front viewFCC Approves TMobile/Sprint Merger 

The FCC announced it had approved, with conditions, the transfer of control applications filed by TMobile and Sprint.  The FCC found that the transaction will help close the digital divide and advance US leadership in 5G, the next generation of wireless connectivity. 

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Topics: FCC Open Meeting for November, National Security, Sprint T-Mobile Merger, Wireless E911 Location Accuracy, Unbundling and Resale Rules, TRS Fund Contribution

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Posted by Amy Gross

Today:  US House on Facebook Data Sharing, FCC Proceeding Regarding USF Recipients and the Purchase of Certain Equipment/Services, FTC Robocalling Lawsuits 

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Topics: FTC Robocall Crackdown, caller ID spoofing, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, National Security, FCC USF Proceeding, US House on Facebook, TelWeb, Facebook Data Sharing

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Posted by Amy Gross

Today:  FCC CAF II Auction, FCC Considers Adopting Rule to Prohibit Purchase of Certain Equipment Using FCC-Provided Funding  

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Topics: FCC CAF II Auction, USF Funds, National Security, Auction 903, resubmissions, E-Rate funding recipients, 277 short-form applications

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Posted by Amy Gross

Today:  US Congress Non-Emergency Mobile Number Bill, US Congress Hearing On Telecommunications Supply Chain and National Security, FCC Announces Settlement For Failure To Obtain Merger Approval 

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Topics: 911, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, FCC Commssioner O'Rielly, Telecommunications Supply Chain, Long Lines Metro, National Non-Emergency Mobile Number Act, National Security, Settlement for Failure to Obtian Merger Approval, Vast Broadband

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