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Ready the Fatted “CAF”: FCC Takes Further Steps to Finalize $1.9 Billion Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II Reverse Auction

As we anticipated in a recent advisory, earlier today the FCC formally adopted further plans to implement its pre-auction procedures for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction (the “CAF Phase II Auction”). The agency is...more

FCC Proposes New Systems to Reduce Illegal Robocalls and Announces Fine Against Autodialing Platform

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) marked another step in its effort to curtail illegal robocalls. During its recent Open Meeting, the FCC approved Notices of Inquiry (NOIs) into Call Authentication methods and into...more

FCC Releases Updated List of Census Blocks Excluded from the CAF Phase II Auction

On June 8, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released an updated list of census blocks for which price cap carriers will receive model-based Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II support under the price cap state-wide...more

It’s Official: Privacy and Security Rules from Wheeler Era Repealed

On Monday, April 3, President Trump signed a bill repealing the privacy and security rules introduced in the FCC’s October 2016 Order. Under the terms of the Congressional Review Act (CRA), those rules have now been entirely...more

FCC Proposes Rules to Allow Carriers to Block Illegal “Robocalls”

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) and Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) opening a new docket, Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls, which proposes rules...more

3/29/2017  /  Call Blocking , FCC , NPRM , Robocalling , Spoofing

FCC Finalizes Weighting Criteria for Evaluating Provider Bids in CAF Phase II Auction

On March 2, the FCC released an Order finalizing the competitive bidding framework for the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction. Under the Phase II auction the FCC will distribute nearly two billion dollars to...more

3/14/2017  /  Broadband , CAF , Competitive Bidding , FCC

New FCC Stays ISP Data Security Rules from Wheeler Era

On Wednesday, the Chairman Pai-led FCC adopted an Order granting a stay of the data security rules that were adopted as part of the Commission’s 2016 Privacy Order spearheaded by former FCC Chairman Wheeler. The stay will...more

Form 477 Filing Deadline Suspended While Technical Problems Are Resolved

The FCC has suspended indefinitely the March 1, 2017 filing deadline for Form 477 data as of December 31, 2016 due to a technical problem with the Form 477 filing interface. The Bureau will release another public notice...more

FCC Adopts Broader Exemption from Enhanced Open Internet Transparency Disclosure Requirements for Small Providers

Today, the FCC adopted an order relieving broadband providers with 250,000 or fewer connections from the enhanced transparency requirements introduced in the 2015 Open Internet Order. Compared to the prior Administration’s...more

Comments Sought of FCC Privacy Regime

On Friday, the Federal Register published the FCC’s January 17th Public Notice of the fact that eleven Petitions for Reconsideration were filed in the Broadband Privacy proceeding (WC Docket No. 16-106). The Petitions...more

FCC Grants NY State Request to Use CAF II Funding Rejected by Verizon

On January 26, 2017, the FCC issued an Order that makes available $170.4 million in Connect America Fund (“CAF”) Phase II support to applicants selected in New York’s state broadband grant program, the “New NY Broadband...more

1/31/2017  /  Broadband , Connect America Fund , FCC

FCC Announces Enhanced Broadband Transparency Disclosures Will Become Effective on January 17, 2017 – Small Provider Exemptions in...

On Thursday, December 16, the FCC announced that the Office of Management and Budget had approved the long-delayed “enhanced” Open Internet transparency requirements, which were originally approved in March 2015. As a result,...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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