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The Regulatory Mix - Friday, June 26, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

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

 

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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. 

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Topics: US Congress, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction, RDOF, Lawful Acess to Encrypted Data Act

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, June 25, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

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

 

2020 FCC SealFCC 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.

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Topics: US Congress, robocalling, Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, Wireless Leadership Act, CABLE Leadership Act, USDA Georgia Broadband Funding, BROADBAND Leadership Act, CONNECT Act

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC to Vote on Designating 988 for National Suicide Prevention Hotline, US Congress RDOF Funding

 

suicide prevention hotling shutterstock_1731679390FCC 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. 

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Topics: US Congress, 988 Suicide Prevention Hotline, RDOF

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, June 22, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

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 Cap PA Ave dusk  shutterstockUS 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.

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Topics: US Congress, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Keep Americans Connected Pledge, RCAP Act of 2020, Rural Connectivity Advancement Program, Moving Forward Act

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

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 Cap PA Ave dusk  shutterstock-1US 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,

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Topics: US Congress, FTC Virtual PrivacyCon, COVID 19 Telehealth Program, CAF Auction II

The Regulatory Mix - Friday May 1, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

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

pai-bio-page-10242018 (1)FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the extension of his Keep Americans Connected Pledge until June 30, 2020.

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Topics: FCC, US Congress, rural broadband, US House of Representatives, broadband, keep america connected

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, March 28, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

jnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccoolUS 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. 

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Topics: US Congress, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, West Virginia Small Cell Legislation, Secure 5G and Beyond Act

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, March 2, 2018

Posted by Amy Gross

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

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Topics: US Congress, FCC Open Meeting for March, Pennsylvania 445 Area Code, FCC Reauthorization and Wireless Deployment Bill

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Posted by Amy Gross

 Today: Net Neutrality Congressional Review Act, FCC Open Meeting for January, FTC Settles Landmark Online Privacy Case

 

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Topics: US Congress, FTC, wireless emergency alerts, CAF Phase II Auction, Net Neutrality Congressional Review Act, FCC Open Meeting for January, FCC Office of Economics and Analytics, Landmark Online Privacy Case

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, October 5, 2017

Posted by Fran Martens

Today:  US Congress Letter in Support of Rural Broadband Funding, US Senate Special Committee Examines Progress in Stopping Illegal Robocalls, FCC Proposes $3.9 Million Fine for Slamming and Cramming, Minnesota Opts In to FirstNet Plan  

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Topics: US Congress, FirstNet, Rural Broadband Funding, High-Cost Universal Service Fund, US Senate Special Committee on Aging, Illegal Robocalls, FCC Fine for Slamming and Carmming, FCC’s Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture, Minnesota Opts In to FirstNet Plan

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The Regulatory Mix - Friday, June 26, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

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 sunset shutterstock purchased62620US 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. 

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Topics: US Congress, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction, RDOF, Lawful Acess to Encrypted Data Act

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, June 25, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

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

 

2020 FCC SealFCC 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.

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Topics: US Congress, robocalling, Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, Wireless Leadership Act, CABLE Leadership Act, USDA Georgia Broadband Funding, BROADBAND Leadership Act, CONNECT Act

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC to Vote on Designating 988 for National Suicide Prevention Hotline, US Congress RDOF Funding

 

suicide prevention hotling shutterstock_1731679390FCC 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. 

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Topics: US Congress, 988 Suicide Prevention Hotline, RDOF

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, June 22, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

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 Cap PA Ave dusk  shutterstockUS 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.

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Topics: US Congress, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Keep Americans Connected Pledge, RCAP Act of 2020, Rural Connectivity Advancement Program, Moving Forward Act

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

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 Cap PA Ave dusk  shutterstock-1US 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,

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Topics: US Congress, FTC Virtual PrivacyCon, COVID 19 Telehealth Program, CAF Auction II

The Regulatory Mix - Friday May 1, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

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

pai-bio-page-10242018 (1)FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the extension of his Keep Americans Connected Pledge until June 30, 2020.

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Topics: FCC, US Congress, rural broadband, US House of Representatives, broadband, keep america connected

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, March 28, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

jnuts_00_us-capitol-dome-at-sunset_yesmydccoolUS 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. 

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Topics: US Congress, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, West Virginia Small Cell Legislation, Secure 5G and Beyond Act

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, March 2, 2018

Posted by Amy Gross

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

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Topics: US Congress, FCC Open Meeting for March, Pennsylvania 445 Area Code, FCC Reauthorization and Wireless Deployment Bill

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Posted by Amy Gross

 Today: Net Neutrality Congressional Review Act, FCC Open Meeting for January, FTC Settles Landmark Online Privacy Case

 

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Topics: US Congress, FTC, wireless emergency alerts, CAF Phase II Auction, Net Neutrality Congressional Review Act, FCC Open Meeting for January, FCC Office of Economics and Analytics, Landmark Online Privacy Case

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, October 5, 2017

Posted by Fran Martens

Today:  US Congress Letter in Support of Rural Broadband Funding, US Senate Special Committee Examines Progress in Stopping Illegal Robocalls, FCC Proposes $3.9 Million Fine for Slamming and Cramming, Minnesota Opts In to FirstNet Plan  

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Topics: US Congress, FirstNet, Rural Broadband Funding, High-Cost Universal Service Fund, US Senate Special Committee on Aging, Illegal Robocalls, FCC Fine for Slamming and Carmming, FCC’s Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture, Minnesota Opts In to FirstNet Plan

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