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The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

US Housejnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccool Robocalling Bill

Six members introduced the Locking Up Robocallers Act of 2019, which directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide evidence of unlawful robocall violations to the Attorney General.  The bill is intended to strengthen enforcement of current robocall laws aimed at ending the scourge of predatory robocalls.  It would also require the FCC to provide annual reports to Congress containing the number of times the FCC provided evidence of unlawful robocalls to the Attorney General and a summary of the types of violations to which such evidence related.

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Topics: robocalls, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, FCC Telehealth Initiative, Locking Up Robocallers Act of 2019

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, May 31, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC front doors angle-1FCC Reacts to Selection of SHAKEN/STIR Policy Administrator

FCC Chairman Pai issued  the following statement in response to the announcement by the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) that it has selected iconectiv as policy administrator of the SHAKEN/STIR call authentication framework.

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Topics: robocalls, Leased Commercial Access, FCC June Open Meeting, SHAKEN/STIR, FCC Broadband Deployment Report, Rules to Promote Aviation Safety, mobile-use spectrum auctions, High-Band 5G Airwaves Auction

Checking In @ The FCC - The June Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC meeting room-1What will the FCC be tackling next?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the June 6, 2019 meeting is “Blocking and Tackling Robocalls.”  The centerpiece of the three-item agenda is a proposed declaratory ruling that, in the Chairman’s words, “would allow phone companies to implement strong call-blocking services as the default setting for their customers.”  Instead of being offered call blocking on an opt-in basis, carriers could “block calls unless you affirmatively opt-out.

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Topics: robocalls, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Blocking and Tackling Robocalls

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

Pai SpeaksPai Robocall Meeting in Oklahoma

Chairman Pai announced that he met with Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter to discuss robocalls and the state and federal governments response to combatting them.  During his visit, Pai also met with Department of Corrections officials to tour a prison and talk about the tools the state prison system needs to combat contraband cellphones.  He also visited a 911 call center and made a stop at the East Central Electric Coop in Okmulgee to discuss rural broadband deployment initiatives and the $22.2 million the company is receiving as part of the FCC’s Connect America Fund. 

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Topics: robocalls, North American Numbering Council, Nationwide Number Portability, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Texas Broadband Development, 911 Call Center, NANC Report on NNP Implementation Proposals

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

US Congressional Office BuildingsHouse Committee Questions Google on Precise Location Information Database

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), full-Committee Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR), Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai expressing their concern about reports of a massive database of precise location information on hundreds of millions of consumers, known inside Google as “Sensorvault,” and requesting a briefing and answers on how this information is used both inside and outside the company. 

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Topics: CRTC, robocalls, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, data privacy, Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, Sensorvault, Precise Location Information Database

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Posted by Amy Gross

Today:  FCC Acts on Robocalling, Rosenworcel Urges Free Robocall Blocking Tools, FCC 5G Spectrum Incentive Auction, FCC Classifies Text Messaging As An Information Service 

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Topics: robocalls, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel, Wireless Messaging Service, 5G Spectrum Incentive Auction, Text Messaging, Robocall Blocking Tools, high-band millimeter wave spectrum, Text Messaging is an Information Service, Multimedia Messaging Service, MMS, SMS

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, December 7, 2018

Posted by Cory Garone

Today: FTC 2018 Do Not Call Registry Data and Mini Site. FCC Mobility Fund Mapping Investigation, US House Cybersecurity Report

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Topics: cybersecurity, robocalls, MF-II, FTC National Do Not Call Registry, FCC Mobility Fund Mapping, FY 2018, DNC Registry, Mobility Fund Mapping Investigation, CVE, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Program

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, October 4, 2018

Posted by Cory Garone

Today:  California Net Neutrality Law Receives More Court Challenges, Canada Solidifies Relationship with European Regulators,  Canada Partners with FTC on Unsolicited Calls 

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Topics: Net Neutrality, FTC, CRTC, robocalls, BEREC, broadband development, Unsolicited Calls, automated dialing announcing device, ADAD

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, May 24, 2018

Posted by Amy Gross

Today:  FTC Acts to Stop Deceptive Robocalls,  Ohio Approves Overlay Plan for 937 Area Code 

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Topics: NANPA, robocalls, FTC Robocall Crackdown, Text-Enabled Toll-Free Numbers, Ohio 937 Area Code Overlay Plan

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, March 16, 2018

Posted by Amy Gross

Today:  California Lawmakers Amend Net Neutrality Bill, FCC Agenda for March Open Meeting, US Congress Hearing on Telecom Bills

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Topics: robocalls, Consumer Signal Boosters, 4.9 GHz Band, California Net Neutrality Bill, Small Entity Regulatory Relief, location-based routing for wireless 911, US Congress Telecom Bills, SERRO, FCC March Open Meeting, Wireless Infrastructure, National Suicide Hotline, Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse PIRATE, Television Satellite Station Reauthorization, Rural Resonable and Comparable Wireless Access

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