What will the FCC be tackling next?
Chairman Pai’s theme for the July 16, 2020 Open Meeting is “Not Alone,” reflecting the agenda’s headline item which would adopt rules to make 988 the nation-wide 3 digit number to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. But the agenda is far more diverse than the theme may suggest and contains many other items of importance to telecom providers.
National Suicide Hotline,
Leased Commercial Access,
Wireless E911 Location Accuracy,
Digital Opportunity Data Collection,
National Security Threats,
FCC Open Meeting July 2020
Today's Regulatory Mix: Joint Agency Report on Broadband Deployment, FCC to Consider STIR/SHAKEN Implementation Rules
Joint Agency Report on Broadband Deployment
The US. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has submitted the JOINT REPORT in response to SECTION 6212 of the 2018 FARM BILL to Congress. This report summarizes how USDA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) are working together to deploy broadband to rural areas.
Rural Broadband Deployment,
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 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.
USDA Rural Broadband Grants,
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
Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Robocall Traceback Efforts, USDA Rural Broadband Grants and USDA ReConnect Program Application Window and Webinar
FCC Robocall Traceback Efforts
The FCC announced that its Enforcement Bureau sent letters to seven gateway service providers asking for their support in tracking down the originators of illegal spoofed foreign robocalls.
USDA Rural Broadband Grants,
USDA’s ReConnect program,
On January 15, 2020, Inteserra issued a Briefing to our service subscribers that explained details of the TRACED Act that has become law. The new federal law addressing robocalling known as the TRACED Act was enacted on December 30, 2019. The Act requires the implementation of STIR/SHAKEN by no later than June 30, 2021, (unless providers have already implemented it) but also requires the FCC to extend the implementation deadline under certain circumstances, including for providers using TDM Networks.
FCC Registered Consortium
FTC No Call Registry Report
The Federal Trade Commission has issued its biennial report to Congress focusing on the use of the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry by both consumers and businesses and other organizations over the past two years. The report includes: 1) a summary of current Registry operations; 2) a summary of the impact on the Registry of new telecommunication technologies; and 3) a discussion of the impact of the established business relationship exception in the Commission’s enforcement efforts.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai,
FTC National Do Not Call Registry,
No Call Registry
Idaho Broadband Grants
A task force convened by Idaho Governor Brad Little earlier this year released a report recommending that broadband and high-speed Internet be a strategic and economic priority for the state and that solutions remain technology neutral.
Idaho Broaband Grants,
Indiana Broadband Grants,
FCC 2.5 GHZ Rural Tribal Window & Workshop,
Rural Tribal Window
US Senate Passes TRACED Act
In response to the Senate’s passage of the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, which targets illegal robocalls. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr each issued statements of support.
Chairman Pai released a statement saying, in part: “I commend the U.S. Senate for passing the TRACED Act and Senators Thune and Markey for leading this bipartisan effort. The TRACED Act would help strengthen the FCC’s ability to combat illegal robocalls, and we would welcome these additional tools to fight this scourge.
Connect America Fund Phase II,
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai,
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr,
FCC CAF II Awards
Court Denies Motion to Delay Oral Arguments in Net Neutrality Challenge
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied the FCC’s motion to postpone oral arguments in the challenge to the agency’s Restoring Internet Freedom (RIF) order. In a previous filing the FCC cited that the lapse in its funding as well as the Department of Justice were the reasons why the arguments should be postponed. The Court stated that oral argument is still scheduled for February 1, 2019. The Court’s website states that oral arguments on the calendar for the month of January and February will go on as scheduled in spite of the government shutdown.
US Court of Appeals,
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,
American Data Dissemination Act,
Privacy Act of 1974,
Senator Edward Markey,
Senator John Thune,
Senator Marco Rubio
Today: US Senate TRACED Act on Illegal Robocall Scams, NTIA Broadband Workshop, NTIA Privacy Comments
US Senator Ed Markey,
NTIA Broadband Workshop,
NTIA Privacy Comments,
US Senator John Thune