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The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, October 22, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  USDA Announces Additional Broadband Funding, FCC Releases New and Updated Data for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction

 

rural-broadband-800x506-2USDA Announces Additional Broadband Funding

The USDA announced new Reconnect broadband funding in five states.

In Iowa:

  • Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company of Moulton, Iowa will use a $4.9 million ReConnect grant and a $4.9 million ReConnect loan to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network,
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Topics: Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction, RDOF, USDA Broadband Grants

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces Qualified Bidders for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction,  USDA Announces Broadband Grants In Iowa, Alaska, and Illinois

 

FCC Entrance Feb 2020 Shutterstock-1FCC Announces Qualified Bidders for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction

The FCC announced that 386 applicants are qualified to bid in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction.  The number of qualified bidders represents a more than 75% increase in the number of bidders in 2018’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction and also includes bidding consortia that contain multiple service providers.

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Topics: Illinois Broadband, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction, RDOF, USDA Broadband Grants, Alaska Broadband, Auction 904

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, September 3, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Proposes Fine for Form 477 Filings, FCC Authorizes CAFII Support for Mississippi Broadband Deployment,  FCC Announces Status of RDOF Applications 

 

FCC Entrance Feb 2020 Shutterstock-1FCC Proposes Fine for Form 477 Filings

The FCC proposed a $163,912 fine, the maximum amount allowed by law, against Internet service provider Barrier Communications Corporation d/b/a BarrierFree for apparently: (1) reporting inaccurate information that significantly inflated its broadband subscription numbers; (2) failing to file required deployment data; (3) making false statements to FCC investigators; and (4) failing to respond to other inquiries. 

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Topics: Form 477 filings, RDOF, Mississippi Broadband Deployment, FCC Fines for False Form 477 Filings, FCC CAF II Support, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase 1

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, July 2, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC’s Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast, FCC T-Mobile Divestiture, FCC Releases 1Q 2020 Adjustment Factor For Cable Operators, RDOF Auction Window Opens

Rosenworcel photo casual podcastFCC’s Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel announced the release of new episode of Broadband Conversations, her podcast dedicated to uplifting the voices of women from the innovation, technology, and media sectors.  Listeners get to hear what these leading women are doing, how they are making a difference, and what they think the future of our digital life can look like.

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Topics: fcc cable rules, Sprint T-Mobile Merger, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, COVID-19, RDOF

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, June 26, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: US Congress Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, FCC Releases Updated List of Eligible Areas for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction

 

US Congress sunset shutterstock purchased62620US Congress Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act

US Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) announced they introduced the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, a bill to bolster national security interests and better protect communities across the country by ending the use of “warrant-proof” encrypted technology by terrorists and other bad actors to conceal illicit behavior. 

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Topics: US Congress, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction, RDOF, Lawful Acess to Encrypted Data Act

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC to Vote on Designating 988 for National Suicide Prevention Hotline, US Congress RDOF Funding

 

suicide prevention hotling shutterstock_1731679390FCC to Vote on Designating 988 for National Suicide Prevention Hotline

The FCC announced it will vote, at its July 16 Open Meeting, on final rules designating 988 as the new, nationwide, phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. 

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Topics: US Congress, 988 Suicide Prevention Hotline, RDOF

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Adopts Final Bidding Procedures For Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, FCC Commissioner Announces Digital Opportunity Equity Recognition Program

 

 

FCC meeting room-1-1FCC Adopts Final Bidding Procedures For Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

At its Open Meeting today, the FCC voted to adopt procedures for Phase I of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction (Auction 904), which will award up to $16 billion in support over 10 years for the deployment of fixed broadband networks to millions of unserved homes and businesses across rural America.

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Topics: FCC June Open Meeting, RDOF, 5G Deployment, Wireless Infrastructure Upgrades, Digital Opportunity Equity Recognition Program, ETC Reporting Requirements

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, June 5, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: US Senate Letter on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, FCC Announces Newest Round of Telehealth Application Funding, FCC Announces Additional Connect America Fund Phase II Auction Support


Cap dome twilightUS Senate Letter On Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai requesting information on accelerating the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

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Topics: US Senate, FCC CAF Funding, Connect America Fund Phase II, FCC Telehealth Initiative, RDOF

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday May 21, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Releases Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting; Will Vote on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Procedures

FCC Releases Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting; Will Vote on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Procedures

5G image for blogsThe FCC has released a tentative agenda for its June 9, 2020, Open Meeting.  Some of the items include:

  • Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Final Auction Procedures – The Commission will consider a Public Notice that would establish procedures for the Phase I auction) of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (Auction 904), awarding up to $16 billion in support over 10 years for deployment of broadband services in unserved areas.  
  • State/Local Approval of Wireless Equipment Modifications – The Commission will consider a Declaratory Ruling and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would clarify, and seek comment on changes to, the Commission’s rules implementing section 6409(a) of the Spectrum Act of 2012 in order to accelerate the deployment of communications infrastructure by facilitating the upgrade of existing sites for 5G networks. 

 

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Topics: FCC, wireless, 5G nationwide network, FCC June Open Meeting, COVID-19, RDOF

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday May 19, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Chairman Proposes Procedures for RDOF Auction, FCC Commissioner Carr Announces 5G Upgrade Order

FCC Chairman Proposes Procedures for RDOF Auction

barn rural broadbandThe FCC announced that Chairman Ajit Pai shared with his colleagues draft procedures for the upcoming $16 billion Phase I Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction (Auction 904).

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Topics: FCC, FCC Commissioner Carr, 5G Mobile Networks, COVID-19, RDOF

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The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, October 22, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  USDA Announces Additional Broadband Funding, FCC Releases New and Updated Data for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction

 

rural-broadband-800x506-2USDA Announces Additional Broadband Funding

The USDA announced new Reconnect broadband funding in five states.

In Iowa:

  • Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company of Moulton, Iowa will use a $4.9 million ReConnect grant and a $4.9 million ReConnect loan to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network,
Read More
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Topics: Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction, RDOF, USDA Broadband Grants

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces Qualified Bidders for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction,  USDA Announces Broadband Grants In Iowa, Alaska, and Illinois

 

FCC Entrance Feb 2020 Shutterstock-1FCC Announces Qualified Bidders for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction

The FCC announced that 386 applicants are qualified to bid in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction.  The number of qualified bidders represents a more than 75% increase in the number of bidders in 2018’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction and also includes bidding consortia that contain multiple service providers.

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Topics: Illinois Broadband, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction, RDOF, USDA Broadband Grants, Alaska Broadband, Auction 904

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, September 3, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Proposes Fine for Form 477 Filings, FCC Authorizes CAFII Support for Mississippi Broadband Deployment,  FCC Announces Status of RDOF Applications 

 

FCC Entrance Feb 2020 Shutterstock-1FCC Proposes Fine for Form 477 Filings

The FCC proposed a $163,912 fine, the maximum amount allowed by law, against Internet service provider Barrier Communications Corporation d/b/a BarrierFree for apparently: (1) reporting inaccurate information that significantly inflated its broadband subscription numbers; (2) failing to file required deployment data; (3) making false statements to FCC investigators; and (4) failing to respond to other inquiries. 

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Topics: Form 477 filings, RDOF, Mississippi Broadband Deployment, FCC Fines for False Form 477 Filings, FCC CAF II Support, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase 1

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, July 2, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC’s Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast, FCC T-Mobile Divestiture, FCC Releases 1Q 2020 Adjustment Factor For Cable Operators, RDOF Auction Window Opens

Rosenworcel photo casual podcastFCC’s Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel announced the release of new episode of Broadband Conversations, her podcast dedicated to uplifting the voices of women from the innovation, technology, and media sectors.  Listeners get to hear what these leading women are doing, how they are making a difference, and what they think the future of our digital life can look like.

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Topics: fcc cable rules, Sprint T-Mobile Merger, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, COVID-19, RDOF

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, June 26, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: US Congress Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, FCC Releases Updated List of Eligible Areas for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction

 

US Congress sunset shutterstock purchased62620US Congress Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act

US Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) announced they introduced the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, a bill to bolster national security interests and better protect communities across the country by ending the use of “warrant-proof” encrypted technology by terrorists and other bad actors to conceal illicit behavior. 

Read More
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Topics: US Congress, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction, RDOF, Lawful Acess to Encrypted Data Act

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC to Vote on Designating 988 for National Suicide Prevention Hotline, US Congress RDOF Funding

 

suicide prevention hotling shutterstock_1731679390FCC to Vote on Designating 988 for National Suicide Prevention Hotline

The FCC announced it will vote, at its July 16 Open Meeting, on final rules designating 988 as the new, nationwide, phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. 

Read More
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Topics: US Congress, 988 Suicide Prevention Hotline, RDOF

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Adopts Final Bidding Procedures For Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, FCC Commissioner Announces Digital Opportunity Equity Recognition Program

 

 

FCC meeting room-1-1FCC Adopts Final Bidding Procedures For Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

At its Open Meeting today, the FCC voted to adopt procedures for Phase I of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction (Auction 904), which will award up to $16 billion in support over 10 years for the deployment of fixed broadband networks to millions of unserved homes and businesses across rural America.

Read More
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Topics: FCC June Open Meeting, RDOF, 5G Deployment, Wireless Infrastructure Upgrades, Digital Opportunity Equity Recognition Program, ETC Reporting Requirements

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, June 5, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: US Senate Letter on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, FCC Announces Newest Round of Telehealth Application Funding, FCC Announces Additional Connect America Fund Phase II Auction Support


Cap dome twilightUS Senate Letter On Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai requesting information on accelerating the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

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Topics: US Senate, FCC CAF Funding, Connect America Fund Phase II, FCC Telehealth Initiative, RDOF

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday May 21, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Releases Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting; Will Vote on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Procedures

FCC Releases Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting; Will Vote on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Procedures

5G image for blogsThe FCC has released a tentative agenda for its June 9, 2020, Open Meeting.  Some of the items include:

  • Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Final Auction Procedures – The Commission will consider a Public Notice that would establish procedures for the Phase I auction) of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (Auction 904), awarding up to $16 billion in support over 10 years for deployment of broadband services in unserved areas.  
  • State/Local Approval of Wireless Equipment Modifications – The Commission will consider a Declaratory Ruling and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would clarify, and seek comment on changes to, the Commission’s rules implementing section 6409(a) of the Spectrum Act of 2012 in order to accelerate the deployment of communications infrastructure by facilitating the upgrade of existing sites for 5G networks. 

 

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Topics: FCC, wireless, 5G nationwide network, FCC June Open Meeting, COVID-19, RDOF

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday May 19, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Chairman Proposes Procedures for RDOF Auction, FCC Commissioner Carr Announces 5G Upgrade Order

FCC Chairman Proposes Procedures for RDOF Auction

barn rural broadbandThe FCC announced that Chairman Ajit Pai shared with his colleagues draft procedures for the upcoming $16 billion Phase I Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction (Auction 904).

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Topics: FCC, FCC Commissioner Carr, 5G Mobile Networks, COVID-19, RDOF

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