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Data Security and Breach Notification Requirements of New FCC Privacy Order May Present Immediate Implementation Challenges for...

As ISPs continue to absorb the scope of the FCC’s recent Privacy Order (the “Order”), one immediate question presents itself: what steps must ISPs take to begin implementing the data security and breach notification...more

11/22/2016 - Breach Notification Rule Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) Data Breach Data Security FCC FTC Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Privacy Rule Telecommunications

It’s Official: The FCC Has Adopted New Privacy and Security Rules for ISPs Following a 3-2 Vote Along Partisan Lines

Today, the FCC formally adopted on a 3-2 party-line vote an order that enacts a new privacy and security regime for Internet service providers (ISPs). While it may be several days before the official order and the text of...more

10/28/2016 - Breach Notification Rule Broadband Data Breach Data Privacy Data Security FCC Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

FCC Steps Up Enforcement of Broadband Transparency Rules

Continuing its efforts to enforce the Open Internet transparency rules, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau on Wednesday, Oct. 19, announced a settlement and consent decree with a mobile broadband ISP (T-Mobile) under which the...more

10/27/2016 - Broadband FCC Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Mobile Broadband Services Transparency

FCC Broadband Privacy Part I: The FCC’s Ascension as a Privacy Regulator

Tomorrow, October 27, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote on new privacy rules for internet service providers (ISP) that will have a lasting impact on U.S. privacy regulation. In this special...more

10/27/2016 - Broadband Common Carriers Communications Act of 1934 Data Protection FCC First Amendment Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Open Internet Rules Public Interest Telecommunications Title II

FCC Identifies Areas Eligible for Support Under Connect America Fund Phase II Auction

Orange is the new green –well that’s one way to think of the FCC’s latest announcement of areas eligible for support (subsidies) for providers delivering broadband to unserved areas in connection with the upcoming Connect...more

8/17/2016 - Broadband Connect America Fund FCC Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

FCC Adopts Competitive Bidding Criteria and Roadmap for Implementing Upcoming CAF Phase II Reverse Auction

Broadband and voice providers interested in pursuing a piece of the roughly $2 billion in remaining Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II subsidies take note: the FCC has just released its road map for evaluating bids in the...more

6/8/2016 - Broadband CAF Competitive Bidding FCC Rural Areas

FCC Bureaus Release Guidance on Transparency Rule Implementation

On May 19, the FCC’s Chief Technologist, Office of General Counsel, and Enforcement Bureau (“Bureaus”) released new guidance addressing implementation of the enhanced transparency disclosure requirements required by the 2015...more

5/24/2016 - Broadband Disclosure Requirements FCC Open Internet Rules Safe Harbors Transparency

Commissioner Pai Seeks Information on Potential Lifeline Abuse

Commissioner Pai is seeking to identify other wireless ETCs that were allegedly engaged in practices similar to those detailed in the FCC’s recent Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) issued against Total Call Mobile. In a...more

4/20/2016 - Abuse of Process Audits ETCs FCC Lifeline Program Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) Telecommunications USAC Wireless Industry

FCC Adopts Universal Service Broadband Subsidies (CAF) Program Benefitting Rural Telcos

On March 30, the FCC released an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announcing $2 billion annually in new financial support (subsidies) to rural incumbent telecommunications carriers (so-called rate of return carriers)...more

4/11/2016 - Broadband CAF FCC NPRM Rural Areas Subsidies Telecommunications

FCC Adopts Plan to Distribute Additional Universal Service Subsidies to Rural Telecom Carriers

On March 30, the FCC released an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announcing $2 billion in new financial support to rural incumbent telecommunications carriers (so-called rate of return carriers) willing to deploy...more

4/4/2016 - FCC Federal Funding Rural Development Subsidies Telecommunications Wireless Internet Service Providers

FCC Extends Exemption from Enhanced Disclosure Rules for Small Providers

On Wednesday, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau extended the ongoing exemption from applying the enhanced transparency requirements of the 2015 Open Internet Order to small providers. As a result, small...more

12/21/2015 - Broadband Disclosure Requirements FCC Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Open Internet Rules Transparency Directive

FCC Adopts New Rules, Proposes Further Reforms for Lifeline Program

Last week, the FCC released its second major order in the Lifeline reform proceeding: Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Order on Reconsideration, Second Report and Order, and Memorandum Opinion and Order...more

6/30/2015 - Broadband ETCs FCC Lifeline Program OMB Telecommunications Tribal Lands

FCC Adopts Major Overhaul of Lifeline Program Including Proposal to Support Broadband

Thursday, the FCC adopted an order and further notice of proposed rulemaking (referred to below as “Order and FNPRM”) that will revise some aspects of the Lifeline program and proposes to make even larger changes, including...more

6/19/2015 - Broadband ETCs FCC Lifeline Program NPRM

Chairman Wheeler Releases Preview of Lifeline Changes and Further Proposals

On May 28, 2015, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released a summary of his proposals for reforming the Lifeline program. After noting the stark disparity in broadband access between wealthy American households and those with low...more

6/10/2015 - Broadband FCC Lifeline Program NPRM

Lifeline Disbursements Continue Decline in 2014

Data released by USAC in its 2014 Annual Report show an 11 percent decline in Lifeline disbursements from 2013 and a 27 percent decline from 2012 – the program’s peak funding year. These figures, illustrated in the table...more

5/27/2015 - FCC Lifeline Program Telecommunications

Commissioner Clyburn Speaks on Need to Reform Lifeline to Bridge the Homework Gap and Digital Divide

This morning, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn spoke at the Schools, Health & Library Broadband (SHLB) Coalition’s fifth annual conference, where she laid out her thoughts on how to address the challenge of the “homework gap”...more

5/25/2015 - Broadband E-Rates FCC

FCC Releases Draft Eligible Services List

On May 21, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau asked for comment on the E-rate proposed Eligible Services List (ESL) for funding year 2016. The proposed ESL incorporates several changes spurred by the FCC’s Second E-rate...more

5/25/2015 - Broadband E-Rates FCC

Parties Weigh in on Cox Petition to Restrict Support for School-owned Broadband Networks

On April 29, several entities filed comments on Cox’s Petition for Reconsideration of the FCC’s December E-rate Order. That Order provided new support for schools and libraries to “self-provision,” or build their own...more

5/5/2015 - Broadband Cox Communications Educational Institutions FCC Libraries Public Schools

USAC Recertification Guidance Updated

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau has released new guidancefcc-logo_white-on-light-blue for ETCs that choose to have USAC recertify their Lifeline subscribers (instead of undertaking the recertification process...more

4/17/2015 - ETCs FCC Recertification USAC

FCC Establishes Application Procedures for Rural Broadband Experiments – Application Deadline Set for Oct. 14

On August 19, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a public notice establishing the process for applying for support under the Rural Broadband Experiments program. Applications under this program must be submitted...more

8/26/2014 - Applications Auction Broadband FCC Rural Broadband Experiments

Broadband Providers Must Guard Against Subsidized Overbuilds as FCC Readies $9 Billion to Deploy Broadband to “Unserved” Areas

Phase II of the FCC’s Connect America Fund (“CAF”) program will disburse up to $9 billion in support (i.e., subsidies) over the next five years to price cap incumbent local exchange carriers (“ILECs”). This support will be...more

7/8/2014 - Broadband Connect America Fund FCC Internet Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

Competitive Providers One Step Closer to Support for Rural Broadband Deployment Following Latest FCC CAF Phase II Order

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its long-awaited order establishing a framework for competitors to obtain broadband subsidies (support) through Phase II of the Connect...more

6/13/2014 - Broadband Cable Television Providers Connect America Fund FCC Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

New NAL Proposes $3.7 Million in Fines for Alleged Duplicates

Today the FCC released a Notice of Apparent Liability (“NAL”) that has been issued to Budget PrePay and which proposes a fine of $3.7 million for allegedly requesting support for ineligible Lifeline subscribers. This...more

3/6/2014 - FCC Fines

FCC Makes Estimated $50 to $100 Million Available to Competitors Deploying Broadband in Rural Areas for the First Time

Competitive providers deploying broadband networks in rural areas will now be eligible to obtain direct subsidy support from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) through an experimental program under the Connect...more

2/27/2014 - Broadband CAF FCC Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Rural Development Telecommunications

FCC I/S/O Providers to Experiment with Rural Broadband Deployments Under Connect America Fund Phase II

As we recently reported, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “IP Transition Order” includes an experiment designed to test the feasibility of directing Connect America Fund (CAF) subsidies to competitive providers...more

2/12/2014 - Broadband Connect America Fund FCC Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

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