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The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, August 13, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: Court Upholds Most of FCC's Small Cell Orders, FCC Responds to Congress on COVID-19 Robocalls

 

court columns-1Court Upholds Most of FCC’s Small Cell Orders

 

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the FCC’s 2018 Small Cell Orders (Inteserra Briefing Service subscribers see Briefings dated 8/22/18 and 10/24/18,) with the exception of the provision dealing with the authority of local governments in the area of aesthetic regulations. The panel vacated the portions of the order requiring that aesthetic regulations be “no more burdensome” than requirements applied to other infrastructure deployment, and the FCC’s requirement that all local aesthetic regulations be “objective,” and remanded them to the FCC.

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, FCC Small Cell Order Appeals, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, COVID-19 Robocalls

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast, US Senate Ensuring Network Security Act Introduced, US Senate ACCESS the Internet Act Introduced

 

rosenworcel-bio-page-09122018Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel announced the releases of a new episode of her podcast, Broadband Conversations, the podcast dedicated to amplifying the voices of women from across the technology, innovation and media sectors.  The latest episode featured Emily Ramshaw, Co-Founder and CEO of The 19th, a non-profit, nonpartisan news organization focused on reporting on women, policy, and politics.

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Topics: US Senate, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel, Broadband Conversations, Ensuring Network Security Act, ACCESS the Internet Act

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Releases Tropical Storm Isaias Communications Status Report, FCC's Pai on Freeing Up Spectrum for 5G, FCC Actions on Stage 2 of the Uniendo A Puerto Rico Fund and Connect USVI Funds

 

 

 

2020 FCC SealFCC Releases Tropical Storm Isaias Communications Status Report

 

The FCC released a report on the status of communications services in geographic areas impacted by Tropical Storm Isaias in Connecticut as of August 10, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. EST. This report incorporates network outage data submitted by communications providers to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS).

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Topics: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Uniendo a Puerto Rico and Connect USVI Funds, DOD Spectrum for 5G, DOD 3.45-3.55 GHz band, FCC TS Isaias Storm Communications Status Report, Department of Defense

The Regulatory Mix - Friday August 7, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: Congress Urges Action on Interim Privacy Shield, FCC’s Stark Seeks Details On “Bidstream” Consumer Data

 

US Congress w flag portico shutterstock_150003068Congress Urges Action on Interim Privacy Shield

The four bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons urging them to work with their European counterparts to quickly issue interim guidance to protect consumers and help businesses following the recent decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that overturned the European Union (EU)-United States (U.S.) Privacy Shield Framework.

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Topics: US House Energy and Commerce Committee, Senate Commerce, Science, Transportation Committee, Interim Privacy Shield, Consumer Data

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday August 6, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: USDA Announces Funding for Oklahoma Broadband, FCC Eliminates Three Legacy TRS Rules, FCC Issues Ruling On Inmate Calling Service (ICS) Rates

 

USDA LogoUSDA Announces Funding for Oklahoma Broadband

The USDA announced it is investing more than $29 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Oklahoma.  Specifically:

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Topics: ICS Rates, USDA, USDA Broadband Grant, Oklahoma Broadband, TRS Rules, Inmate Calling Service Rates

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: Florida Competition Report Shows Customers Choosing New Services, Hawaii  Further Extends Prohibition On Disconnects/Late Fees During COVID-1,Washington Governor Prohibits Residential Disconnections During COVID-19

 

FLReport CoverFlorida Competition Report Shows Customers Choosing New Services

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) announced the results of its annual Report on the Status of Competition in the Telecommunications Industry.

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Topics: Florida Competition Report, Hawaii Prohibition on Disconnects/Late Fees, Washington Residential Disconnects

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces New Version of FCC Speed Test App and Release of Updated Mobile Raw Data, FCC Announces Additional CAF II Support Awards

 

2020 FCC SealFCC Announces New Version of FCC Speed Test App and Release of Updated Mobile Raw Data

In a press release, the FCC announced the release of an updated version of its FCC Speed Test app, continuing its commitment to ensure consumers have the tools and resources to evaluate how well their mobile broadband connections are performing.

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Topics: Connect America Phase II, CAF II Support, FCC Speed Test App, Mobile Data

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, August 3, 2020

Posted by Amy Gross

Today's Regulatory Mix:  FCC Finalizes Agenda for August Meeting, USDA Announces Funding for Maryland Broadband

 

FCC meeting room-1FCC Finalizes Agenda for August Meeting

The FCC announced the final agenda for its August 6, 2020 Open Meeting. It includes the following items:

  • Inmate Calling Services – A Report and Order on Remand and a Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would respond to remands by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and propose to comprehensively reform rates and charges for the inmate calling services within the Commission’s jurisdiction.
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Topics: FCC Technology Transition, USDA Broadband Grant, Maryland Broadband Funding

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, July 31, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: Nebraska Opens Window for Wireless Infrastructure Grant Program, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast

 

TRS from shutterstockNebraska Opens Window for Wireless Infrastructure Grant Program

In a recent opinion, the Nebraska PSC opened a grant window for its wireless infrastructure grant program.  The PSC found that the amount made available for the 2020 grant application cycle should be set at $5.2 million. The application window for the next round of grants should open on August 10, 2020 and extend through October 1, 2020.

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Topics: FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel, Broadband Conversations, Nebraska Wireless Infrastructure

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, July 30, 2020

Posted by Cory Garone

Today's Regulatory Mix: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court Ruling Reversing PUC's DAS Order, FCC Chairman Circulates Order to Ensure Predictable Increases in Mobile Broadband Provided Through Lifeline Program

 

court columnsPennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court Ruling Reversing PUC’s DAS Order

In June 2018, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania reversed the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) March 2017 Distributed Antennae Systems (DAS) Order.  The Court determined that DAS network operators’ transport service is a telecommunications service under PA law even though Wireless Service Providers (WSP) use it to transmit a service not regulated by the PUC (i.e. CMRS).  The Court decided that DAS network operators are a public utility, reversed the PUC’s March 2017 decision, and returned jurisdiction to the PUC to issue certificates of public convenience (CPC) to providers of DAS.

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Topics: Pennsylvania DAS Order, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Mobile Broadband Provided Through Lifeline Program

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