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FCC Chairman Rebukes USAC on E-Rate Administration

On April 18, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sent an unusually stern and accusatory letter to USAC CEO Chris Henderson, alleging “serious flaws” and lack of transparency in USAC’s administration of the E-rate program, and declaring...more

4/25/2017  /  E-Rates , FCC , USAC

FCC Wireline Division Grants Waivers of E-Rate Invoicing Rules Due to USAC Backlogs

On March 16, 2017, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released an Order granting two waivers relating to the E-rate program’s invoicing rules. The waivers address problems resulting from backlogs in USAC’s processing of...more

3/21/2017  /  Applications , E-Rates , FCC , USAC

New FCC Chairman Moves to Roll Back Privacy Rules for Internet Service Providers

Ever since the presidential election and the replacement of former Obama administration FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler with former Republican commissioner and now Chairman Ajit Pai, communications industry and privacy policy...more

DWT Gains Approval of Three Lifeline Broadband Provider Petitions Among Five New FCC Grants

On January 18, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued an order granting five Lifeline Broadband Provider (LBP) petitions, enabling the grantees to receive Lifeline support for the provision of broadband Internet access...more

Tennessee Consortium Wins E-Rate Appeals Involving Complex Interpretations of the “Most Cost-Effective” and “Legally Binding...

In an Order released December 30, 2016, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau granted appeals of a 2015 USAC decision that denied E-rate funding to the Sweetwater consortium of Tennessee school districts for funding years...more

1/10/2017  /  AT&T , E-Rates , FCC , Pricing , School Districts , USAC

Hotly Anticipated Broadband Privacy Order Released by FCC

On Nov. 2, 2016, the FCC released its long-awaited broadband privacy Order and rules by a 3-2 vote. The Order comes nearly 18 months after the Commission moved to reclassify broadband internet access service (“BIAS”) as a...more

FCC Proposes First-Ever Forfeiture Against Rural Health Care Program Service Provider, For $21.7 Million

On November 4, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (“NAL”) against Network Services Solutions, LLC (“NSS”) and its CEO, Scott Madison, alleging multiple and egregious violations of the Commission’s...more

FCC Launches Mapping Tool to Drive Broadband Healthcare Solutions

This Tuesday, the FCC’s Connect2Health Task Force unveiled its Mapping Broadband Health in America tool which permits users to “visualize, overlay, and analyze broadband and health data” at the national, state, county and...more

Senate Committee Seeks Information on Rural Health Care and E-Rate Consultant Fees

On May 10, Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and USAC CEO Chris Henderson requesting...more

The Lifeline Modernization Order

Last week, the FCC finally released the full, 224-page text of its controversial and anxiously awaited Lifeline Modernization Order, which was approved by a bitterly divided, party-line 3-2 vote on March 31. As we advised in...more

The FCC’s Privacy NPRM: A Closer Look at the Commission’s Legal Authority and Some of Its Proposals

As we have previously advised, the FCC’s proposed rulemaking to “protect the privacy of customers of broadband and other telecommunications services” (the “NPRM”) proposes sweeping changes to the ways that Internet Service...more

FCC Adopts NPRM for ISP Privacy at March Open Meeting

Late this afternoon the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing new rules governing the privacy practices of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) at its monthly open meeting, which was delayed several times...more

Annual FCC CPNI Certification Due by March 1, 2016; Upcoming Open Internet Rules Will Soon Expand CPNI-Type Obligations to...

This is to remind our clients that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules require every telecommunications and interconnected VoIP service provider (including wireless, cable telephony, and even paging and...more

FCC Delays Effective Date of Oklahoma Tribal Lifeline Change to June 8

This past Tuesday, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order delaying for 120 days the effective date of the agency’s new interpretation of “former reservations in Oklahoma” for purposes of delineating the area in...more

Second Chance to File Oppositions to CTIA Challenge

In its June 2015 Lifeline Order on Reconsideration, the FCC adopted a new rule which requires ETCs to retain documentation demonstrating subscriber eligibility for Lifeline, such as a copy of the applicant’s food stamp card...more

USAC Request for Information Contemplates National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier With Verification Lag

On September 10, USAC posted a Request for Information (RFI)—usually a precursor to an RFP—to prospective vendors of a third party “national Lifeline eligibility verifier” system, proposed in the FCC’s pending Lifeline...more

Update: Senate Hearing Vents Lifeline Concerns, Proposals In Advance of New FCC Rulemaking

As previously reported, on June 2 the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet held a hearing on “Lifeline: Improving Accountability and Effectiveness,” in anticipation of the...more

Senate Subcommittee To Hold June 2 Hearing on Lifeline

In advance of the FCC’s expected adoption on June 18 of a new order and further notice of proposed rulemaking proposing further changes in the Lifeline program, the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology,...more

FCC Releases Enforcement Advisory – Tells Broadband Providers to Take “Reasonable, Good Faith” Steps to Protect Consumer Privacy...

Come June 12, unless stayed by a federal court, broadband Internet service providers will be subject to expanded requirements to protect consumer privacy and new limitations on the use of customer data under the FCC’s recent...more

FCC Denies E-Rate Appeal in Scorching Order

On April 15, after a multi-year investigation arising from events in 2004-2008, the Chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division (TAPD) of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order denying appeals by an...more

4/27/2015  /  E-Rates , FCC , School Districts , USAC

Oklahoma Commission Revises Universal Service Rules

On March 12, 2015, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) adopted revisions to its rules relating to administration of federal and state universal service programs, including Lifeline. While the revisions generally consist...more

Annual FCC CPNI Certification Due by March 1, 2015; Potential Title II Reclassification Could Soon Expand CPNI Obligations to...

This is to remind our clients that, pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 222(c), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires every telecommunications and interconnected VoIP service provider (including wireless, cable telephony,...more

New FCC Order Increases E-rate Program by $1.5 Billion Annually, and Introduces a Number of New Changes Including “Equalizing”...

On December 19, the FCC released the text of its Second Report and Order in its E-rate modernization proceeding. The new Order increased the annual spending cap on the E-rate program by an additional $1.5 billion—taking the...more

FCC Announces Record $7.4 Million Settlement for Failure to Provide CPNI “Opt-Out” Notices to Customers

On Tuesday, September 3, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced that it had entered into a consent decree with Verizon, under which Verizon will pay $7.4 million to the U.S. Treasury for violating the FCC’s “Customer...more

FCC Releases Text of Wi-Fi-Focused E-Rate Reform Order and Further NPRM

Last Thursday, July 24, the FCC issued the 176-page text of its E-rate Modernization Order (“Order”), which it adopted on July 11 in a sharply divided and partisan 3-2 vote. The Order includes a Further Notice of Proposed...more

7/30/2014  /  Broadband , E-Rates , FCC , Funding , Rulemaking Process , Wifi
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