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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

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC front viewFCC Announces Tribal Workshop

The FCC announced it will hold a workshop on August 20-21 in Billings, Montana designed to provide information that will help Tribal Nations identify and evaluate opportunities to develop more robust broadband, telecommunications, and broadcast infrastructure and services in Tribal communities. It is also designed to provide information about the FCC and how it conducts its regulatory responsibilities, and to encourage Tribal participation in the regulatory process.

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Topics: US Senate, 2.5 GHz Band, FCC Tribal Workshop, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, SMART Act, High Cost Fund, Social Media

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, July 29, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

NARUCNARUC Lifeline Resolution

At its July 2019 Summer Policy Summit, the NARUC approved a resolution  on Lifeline that urges the Federal Communications Commission to (i) work quickly and collaboratively with service providers and other stakeholders to fix the National Verifier before use of it is required in any state by (a) implementing service provider APIs, and (b) securing access to federal/state SNAP and Medicaid databases,

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Topics: Lifeline, NARUC, National Lifeline Verifier, FCC August Open Meeting, Kari’s Law/RAY BAUM’S Act, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, Telehealth, Digital Opportunity Data Collection

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