Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for April Open Meeting, FCC’s Rosenworcel Proposes Expanding Access Via Texting to 988 to Reach Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Kentucky Bill Commits Additional Money to Broadband
FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for April Open Meeting
FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced that the items below are tentatively on the agenda for the April Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 22, 2021:
FCC April Open Meeting 2021,
Texting to 988
Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Welcomes Efforts on Wireless Emergency Alert Geo-Targeting, FCC Releases Paper on Positive Impact of Rural Broadband
FCC Welcomes Efforts on Wireless Emergency Alert Geo-Targeting
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement praising the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), a standards organization, for its efforts to improve the geographic accuracy of Wireless Emergency Alerts.
Wireless Emergency Alert System,
Today's Regulatory Mix: NARUC Urges Review Of Intrastate Inmate Calling Rates, New DEPLOY Broadband Act Would Fund Rural Broadband Development, FCC Chairman Announces Progress on Addressing Diameter Network Security Issues
NARUC Urges Review of Intrastate Inmate Calling Rates
In a press release, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners said it agrees with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on the issue of exorbitant inmate calling rates See the Regulatory Mix dated7/21/20 and is urging its member state commissions to review inmate calling rates in their respective jurisdictions. NARUC President Presley said in part:
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai,
DEPLOY Broadband Act,
Intrastate Inmate Calling Rates,
Diameter Network Security Issues
Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Authorizes $20 Million for Rural Broadband, FCC Announces Counties With Conditional Forbearance from the Lifeline Voice Obligation, FCC's Pai Urges States to Address High Intrastate ICS Rates
FCC Authorizes $20 Million for Rural Broadband
The FCC announced over $20 million in funding over ten years to expand rural broadband in Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Viasat will serve rural locations in Pennsylvania with $19,945,120 in FCC support, and Tribal provider Fond du Lac Communications, Inc. will receive $55,011 to provide gigabit fixed broadband to serve small, isolated communities in Tribal areas in Minnesota.
Lifeline Voice Obligations,
High Intrastate ICS Rates
Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Chairman Extends Keep Americans Connected Pledge, Federal House Leaders Announce Affordable Broadband Internet Plan, FCC Drops Citation Requirement for Robocallers
FCC Chairman Extends Keep Americans Connected Pledge
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the extension of his Keep Americans Connected Pledge until June 30, 2020.
US House of Representatives,
keep america connected
Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Chairman Reports on Network Performance During COVID-19, FCC Waives Tariff Rules for Rural Broadband and Phone Providers , FCC Adopts COVID-19 Telehealth Program
FCC Chairman Reports on Network Performance During COVID-19
FCC Chairman Pai announced he had spoken with broadband and telephone service providers and trade association leaders about the state of American communications networks as volume and usage patterns shift during the coronavirus pandemic.
FCC Telehealth Program,
Report on Network Performance,
Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Proposes Information Sharing of Communication Outages with Other Federal and State Agencies, FCC Establishes Bidding Procedures for 3.5 GHz Band, FCC Adopts Rules to Auction C-Band Spectrum for 5G Services and Seeks Comment on Bidding Procedures, FCC Wants to Free Up White Space to Increase Broadband Coverage in Rural Areas
FCC Proposes Information Sharing of Communication Outages with Other Federal and State Agencies
In a press release, the FCC announced a proposed framework for sharing detailed communications outage information with state and federal agencies to improve their situational awareness, enhance their ability to respond more quickly to outages affecting their communities, and help save lives, while also preserving the confidentiality of this data.
Network Outage Reporting System,
Disaster Information Reporting System,
TV White Spaces,
communications outage information,
3.5 GHz Band ,
Today's Regulatory Mix: Court Declines to Rehear Challenges to FCC Restoring Internet Freedom Order, FCC C-Band Proposal, US House Field Hearing on Rural Broadband
Court Declines to Rehear Challenges to FCC Restoring Internet Freedom Order
The US Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit denied petitions for an en banc rehearing of its decision to uphold the FCC’s 2018 Restoring Internet Freedom Order.
US House Energy and Commerce Committee,
Communications and Technology Subcommittee,
FCC Restoring Internet Freedom Order,
spectrum from 3.7 to 4.2 GHz
FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for October Meeting
The FCC has announced the tentative agenda for its October 25, 2019 meeting. The following items are on the tentative agenda:
FCC October Open Meeting,
Revitalizing the 800 MHz Band,
Tariff Rules Modernization,
911 fee parity
FCC’s Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel announced the release of a new episode of her podcast, Broadband Conversations. The newest episode features NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins. In 2016, Kate spent 115 days in space aboard the International Space Station. She completed two space walks—for a total of almost 13 hours of spacewalk time. She has a doctorate in cancer biology from Stanford University Medical School and was the first person to sequence DNA on space. Listeners will get to hear Kate describe how she became an astronaut, how being “off planet” gave her a new perspective on the world, and what its like working in zero gravity.
FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel,
FCC Broadband Conversations Podcast,