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The Regulatory Mix - Friday, August 2, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

FCC front viewFCC Establishes New Digital Opportunity Data Collection

At its Open Meeting yesterday, the FCC voted to initiate a new process for collecting fixed broadband data to better pinpoint where broadband service is lacking.  The FCC concluded that there is a compelling and immediate need to develop more granular broadband deployment data to meet this goal, and accordingly, created the new Digital Opportunity Data Collection. This new data collection that will collect geospatial broadband coverage maps from fixed broadband Internet service providers of areas where they make fixed service available. 

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Topics: robocalls, Text Messaging, Digital Opportunity Data Collection, Access 911 from MLTS, 833 Toll Free Auction

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

f0c6f02d5d3b8f6b340468aa12b9eb1eNew Hampshire Enacts Bill Calling for Study on 5G Technology

A recently enacted bill calls for the creation of a Commission to study the environmental and health effects of 5G technology.  The Commission’s study will include earlier generation technologies as well.  The purpose of the study is to examine the advantages and risks associated with 5G technology, with a focus on its environmental impact and potential health effects, particularly on children, fetuses, the elderly, and those with existing health compromises.

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Topics: robocalls, Federal Trade Commission, 5G Technology, New Hampshire Study on 5G Technology, National DNC Registry, telemarketing calls

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, July 15, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

FCC's PaiFCC Chairman Pai Statement on SHAKEN/STIR Robocall Summit

In a release, Chairman Pai issued a statement on the FCC’s recent SHAKEN/STIR Robocall Summit.  Chairman Pai stated in part:

“The summit was productive, and we received generally encouraging signs that companies are headed toward full implementation of the SHAKEN/STIR caller ID authentication framework.”

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Topics: robocalls, SHAKEN/STIR, CAF II Support

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, July 8, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

Pai SpeaksFCC Chairman Proposes New Rules Aimed to Ban Spoofed Texts and Foreign Robocalls

The FCC announced that Chairman Pai has proposed adoption of new rules banning malicious caller ID spoofing of text messages and international calls.  The Commission will vote on these new rules at its August 1, 2019 meeting.

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Topics: robocalls, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Broadband Conversations Podcast, Spoofed Texts, The Truth in Caller ID Act, Broadband Access in Multi-Tenant Environments

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

Cap dome twilightSenators Seek Information on Tech Company Antitrust Investigations

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Tina Smith (D-MN) have asked for details about possible Federal Trade Commission antitrust investigations into Amazon and Facebook and possible Justice Department antitrust investigations into Google and Apple.  In the letters, the senators requested information regarding the existence and scope of the potential investigations.

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Topics: robocalls, Dark Fiber Transport Unbundling, Tech Company Antitrust Investigations

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

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