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,
FCC Proposed Fines Against Three WISPs for Interference
The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced proposed fines related to devices that apparently caused interference to the Federal Aviation Administration’s terminal doppler weather radar station in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Enforcement Bureau proposed three separate $25,000 fines against wireless Internet service providers Boom Solutions, Integra Wireless, and WinPR.
FCC Enforcement Bureau,
Wireless Internet Service Provider,
Alabama Awards $1.14 Million in Broadband Grants
Governor Kay Ivey on Monday announced she has awarded more than $1.14 million in grants to provide access to high-speed internet in several Alabama communities. The six grants are the second round of awards presented by Gov. Ivey under the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund. In the latest round, some providers were awarded more than one grant to provide service in different areas.
Alabama Broadband Grants,
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks,
Default Robocall Blocking Services Inquiry
New York to get $39.2 Million in Federal Funding
The FCC announced authorization of over $39.2 million in federal funding over the next decade to expand broadband to 15,442 unserved rural New York homes and businesses, in partnership with the state’s New NY Broadband Program. Providers will begin receiving funding this month.
NY Broadband Program,
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai,
CSRIC VII Membership
FCC Authorizes Connect America Fund Phase II Auction Support for 856 Winning Bids
The FCC announced that it has authorized $166.8 million in funding to expand broadband over the next decade to unserved rural homes and businesses in 22 states, representing the second wave of support from last year’s successful Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction. Providers will begin receiving funding this month.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai,
CAF Phase II Auction Support