Today's Regulatory Mix: US Congress Telecom Legislation, FCC To Expand Funding Base For Internet Based TRS
US Congress Telecom Legislation
Yesterday, the US House passed the following telecom-related bills that were reported favorably from the Energy and Commerce Committee.
- The Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act of 2020 (H.R. 6096), that amends the existing law to classify emergency alerts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a type of alert that commercial mobile service providers may not allow subscribers to block from their devices.
Internet Based TRS
Today's Regulatory Mix: US Congress Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, FCC Releases Updated List of Eligible Areas for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction
US Congress Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act
US Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) announced they introduced the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, a bill to bolster national security interests and better protect communities across the country by ending the use of “warrant-proof” encrypted technology by terrorists and other bad actors to conceal illicit behavior.
Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction,
Lawful Acess to Encrypted Data Act
Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Issues Staff Report on Robocalling Tools, USDA Announces Funding for Georgia Broadband, US Congress Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, US Congress Bills To Close the Digital Divide
FCC Issues Staff Report on Robocalling Tools
The FCC issued its 2020 staff report on the availability and effectiveness of call blocking tools offered to consumers. The report finds that call blocking tools are now substantially available to consumers at no or low cost. The report finds that that billions of unwanted calls are now being blocked each year, often at no cost to the consumer.
Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act,
Wireless Leadership Act,
CABLE Leadership Act,
USDA Georgia Broadband Funding,
BROADBAND Leadership Act,
Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC to Vote on Designating 988 for National Suicide Prevention Hotline, US Congress RDOF Funding
FCC to Vote on Designating 988 for National Suicide Prevention Hotline
The FCC announced it will vote, at its July 16 Open Meeting, on final rules designating 988 as the new, nationwide, phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors.
988 Suicide Prevention Hotline,
Today's Regulatory Mix: US Congress Bill to Advance Broadband Services, FCC’s Pai Asks Congress Help Consumers Stay Connected After The Keep Americans Connected Pledge Ends, US Congress Moving Forward Act
US Congress Bill to Advance Broadband Services
U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) announced the introduction of the Rural Connectivity Advancement Program (RCAP) Act of 2020 (S.4015), which would capture a portion of the proceeds from spectrum auctions conducted by the FCC through September 30, 2022, for the build out of broadband networks.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai,
Keep Americans Connected Pledge,
RCAP Act of 2020,
Rural Connectivity Advancement Program,
Moving Forward Act
Today's Regulatory Mix: US Congress Seeks More Information on FCC's COVID 19 Telehealth Program, FCC Seeks Comment on Waiver of CAF Auction II Location Adjustment Rules, FTC To Hold Virtual PrivacyCon Event
US Congress Seeks More Information on FCC’s COVID 19 Telehealth Program
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) have asked FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to provide additional transparency on the distribution of public funds through the COVID-19 Telehealth Program,
FTC Virtual PrivacyCon,
COVID 19 Telehealth Program,
CAF Auction II
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
US Congress Secure 5G and Beyond Act
U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Richard Burr (R-NC) and (D-VA), announced the introduction of the Secure 5G and Beyond Act. This legislation would require the President to develop a strategy to ensure the security of next-gen mobile telecommunications systems and infrastructure in the United States, as well as to assist allies in maximizing the security of their systems, infrastructure, and software.
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr,
West Virginia Small Cell Legislation,
Secure 5G and Beyond Act
Today: FCC Open Meeting Agenda for March, Pennsylvania Reminds Residents of New 445 Area Code, US Congress Announces Bill on FCC Reauthorization and Wireless Deployment
FCC Open Meeting for March,
Pennsylvania 445 Area Code,
FCC Reauthorization and Wireless Deployment Bill