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The Regulatory Mix - Friday, March 20, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Announces More Companies Signed on to the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, FCC Issues Consumer Advisory On COVID-19 Scams, FCC Guidance On Non-US Banks Letters of Credit 

 

FCC entrance shutterstock-1FCC Announces More Companies Signed on to the Keep Americans Connected Pledge 

 

The FCC announced that 205 additional broadband and phone service providers have taken the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, bringing the total number of companies to 390. By taking the Pledge, each of these companies has committed for the next 60 days to (1) not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;

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Topics: USAC, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, Keep Americans Connected Pledge

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, February 24, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  California Announces New Online Comment Portal for the Public, USDA Announces Georgia Broadband Grant, FCC February Open Meeting Agenda

 

220px-Brownofficebuilding_(1)California Announces New Online Comment Portal for the Public 

The PUC issues a press release announcing that the public can now submit comments on CPUC matters electronically, as well as review the comments of others.  Importantly, the PUC noted that the new format is only for public comments on proceedings. 

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Topics: Public Safety, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, USDA Broadband Grant, FCC February Open Meeting , Flexible Use of the C-band, C-band Auction Bidding, TV White Spaces, Georgia Broadband, California Online Comment Portal

Checking In @ The FCC The February Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC entrance shutterstock-1What will the FCC be tackling next?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the February 28, 2020 Open Meeting is “Save the Date” but he also dubbed February as “Spectrum Month,” reflecting the spectrum-heavy agenda the FCC will be considering.  His blog mentions three dates in particular: 

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Topics: FCC NORS, Checking In @ The FCC, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, FCC February Open Meeting , Sharing Outage Information Between Agencies, 3.5GHz Band Auction, Unlicensed White Spaces Device Operations, C-Band Rules and Auction

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, February 10, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Begins TRACED Act Proceedings,  FCC February Open Meeting, FCC Procedures For $691M Investment in Puerto Rico & USVI Networks, USDA Rural Broadband Grants 

FCC entrance shutterstock-1FCC Begins TRACED Act Proceedings 

The FCC has initiated the first of the rulemakings required by the TRACED Act.  Specifically, it is seeking comment on rules establishing a registration process for a single consortium to conduct private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls. 

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Topics: USDA Rural Broadband Grants, TRACED Act, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, FCC February Open Meeting , Flexible Use of the C-band, C-band Auction Bidding, TV White Spaces, Licenses for the 3.5 GHz Band, Electronic Delivery of Carriage Election Notices, Cable Operator Interests in Video Programming

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, January 30, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

USDA LogoUSDA Rural Broadband Grants Announced

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced four new investments through its ReConnect Pilot Program to expand broadband infrastructure and services in rural America.

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Topics: Hearing Aid Compatibility Rules, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, Rural Broaband Grants

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, January 24, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

DyLQMV-VAAA-vMKFCC January Open Meeting

The FCC announced the final agenda for its January 30, 2020, Open Meeting. The agenda is as follows.

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Topics: FCC January Open Meeting Agenda, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, 5G Report, Hearing Aid-Compatible Handset Rules, Minnesota Broadband Funding

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

braodband imageFCC Releases Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Eligible Location Numbers  

The FCC released a preliminary list, by state, of the number of locations eligible for bidding in the upcoming Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction.  In total, about 6 million rural homes and businesses could be eligible for bidding in Phase 1 of the auction. 

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Topics: intercarrier compensation, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, FCC’s 2011 USF/ICC Transformation Order, ICC Reform Petition

Checking In @ The FCC The January Open Meeting

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welcome 2020 shutterstock_1497530426-1-1What will the FCC be tackling next?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the first meeting of 2020 is “Kicking Off the New Year in a Big Way.” (scheduled for, January 30, 2020). He notes that “[f]or the fourth year running, my biggest New Year's resolution at the office was to work to bridge the digital divide and provide more Americans digital opportunity.

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, #CheckingIn@TheFCC, FCC January Open Meeting Agenda, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) Rule, Video Relay Service (VRS), TV Station Notification Rules

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, October 11, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

CA Capitol_Arial_0296California Attorney General Releases Proposed CCPA Regulations  

In a press release, the Attorney General of California announced the release of proposed regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).  The law mandates that on or before July 1, 2020, the Office of the Attorney General promulgate and adopt implementing regulations for the CCPA.  Comments on the proposed regulations may be submitted by December 6, 2019.  The Attorney General will also hold four public hearings.

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Topics: California Consumer Privacy Act, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, United Kingdom, CCPA, Pennsylvania Federal Broadband Funding, RUDOF

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, August 5, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

DyLQMV-VAAA-vMK-1FCC Grants Forbearance from UNE Loop and Resale Requirements

At the statutory deadline on Friday, the FCC announced it had granted US Telecom’s petition asking it to forbear from requiring price cap ILECs to continue offering: (1) analog voice-grade copper loops on an unbundled basis at regulated rates and (2) legacy services for resale at regulated rates. The FCC found that the communications marketplace has transformed over the past  twenty years, with consumers migrating away from plain old telephone service provided over copper wires by their local telephone company toward newer, any-distance voice services provided over next-generation networks by cable, mobile and fixed wireless, and over-the-top VoIP providers. 

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Topics: FCC CAF Phase II, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, Telehealth, Forbearnace from UNE Loop and Resale

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