Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Adopts Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for March Open Meeting, USTelecom Broadband Providers Send Letter to White Regarding Supply Chain for Semiconductor Chips
FCC Adopts Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
On February 25, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously adopted the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (Program). The Program is a $3.2 billion federal initiative to provide qualifying households discounts on their internet service bills with the ability to receive a discount on a computer or tablet during the COVID-19 pandemic.
FCC March Open Meeting,
FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program,
Supply Chain for Semiconductor Chips
Today's Regulatory Mix: USDA Rural Broadband Grants In Arkansas, Indiana, and Wisconsin, FCC Biennial Report On CVAA, NTIA Digital Inclusion Webpage
USDA Rural Broadband Grants In Arkansas, Indiana, and Wisconsin
The USDA announced three new broadband grants. In Arkansas, the USDA will invest $11.8 million to allow three providers to offer broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Arkansas.
Wisconsin Broadband Grants,
USDA Rural Broadband Grants,
Arkansas Broadband Grants,
Indiana Broadband Grants
Today's Regulatory Mix: Joint Agency Report on Broadband Deployment, FCC to Consider STIR/SHAKEN Implementation Rules
Joint Agency Report on Broadband Deployment
The US. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has submitted the JOINT REPORT in response to SECTION 6212 of the 2018 FARM BILL to Congress. This report summarizes how USDA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) are working together to deploy broadband to rural areas.
Rural Broadband Deployment,
Congress Requests GAO Report on Spectrum Management
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR) sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) urging it to conduct an updated review of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) federal spectrum management processes. Pallone and Walden asked GAO to consider as part of its review how federal spectrum users interact with NTIA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), how the NTIA and FCC interact with each other, and the recent federal spectrum management process breakdowns.
Compliance Guide for Truth in Caller ID Rules
California PUC Announces New President
The California PUC announced its new President, Marybel Batjer. President Batjer replaces former CPUC President, Michael Picker, who retired from the CPUC after serving as President since 2014.
California PUC News Release,
2019 Spectrum Policy Symposium
US Senate Digital Equity Act
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), is the lead sponsor of new legislation aimed at closing the growing digital divide in communities across the country. The Digital Equity Act of 2019 creates new federal investments targeted toward a diverse array of projects at the state and local level that promote “digital equity”— a concept defined by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance as the “condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy.”
National Digital Inclusion Alliance,
Digital Equity Act,
Internet Exchange Act
Broadband Milestone Report Released by NTIA
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a report that outlines a vision for how the Federal Government can increase broadband access and actions that various Federal Agencies are taking to increase private-sector investment in broadband.
U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee,
Broadband Milestone Report,
DOI Rural Tower Map,
Internet Privacy Report,
FCC 477 Data
US President Issues Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence
President Donald Trump has issued an Executive Order launching the American Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative. The Initiative will be coordinated through the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence (Select Committee).
Today: US House Blockchain Promotion Act, Minnesota TAP Surcharge
Minnesota Telephone Assistance Program,
Blockchain Promotion Act
Today: FCC Commissioner O’Rielly Announces Wireline Advisor, FCC Sets Effective Date for Public Safety Entities to License Units on Federal Channels, FCC Announces Real-Time Text Education Day for PSAPs
FCC Commissioner O'Rielly,
FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau,
Illinois Broadband Advisory Council,
Wireline Advisor Arielle Roth,
Office of Engineering and Technology,
license mobile and portable radios,