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Reminder: FCC Filings Due March 2017

Form 477: Local Competition and Broadband Report - The Local Competition and Broadband Report, containing data as of December 31, 2016, must be filed by Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The report requires the submission of...more

Open Internet: Dead or Alive?

John Pietila presented this webinar on the subject of Net Neutrality (Open Internet) to the Iowa Communications Alliance in February 2017. Please see full Presentation below for more information....more

FCC Begins Roll Back of Net Neutrality

Roughly two weeks since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, has taken steps providing further evidence that he plans to roll back FCC actions taken under...more

Who Will Grant Licenses for Lifeline Broadband? FCC Takes a Pause in Pending Appeal to Consider New Administration’s Approach

Last Friday, the FCC filed a motion with the DC Circuit to put a hold on the pending appeal of a portion of its 2016 Lifeline order finding that the FCC—and not the states—had sole jurisdiction to grant Lifeline broadband...more

FCC Cancels Recently Granted Lifeline Broadband Provider Licenses as Part of Larger Sweep of Wheeler-Era Decisions

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau recently granted nine Lifeline Broadband Provider (“LBP”) designations: four on December 1, 2016 and five more on January 18, 2017, as part of its effort launched last year by...more

Chairman Pai Steps-It-Up on Broadband Deployment

Earlier this week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the formation of a new Broadband Advisory Committee, calling for nominations by February 15, 2017. The mission of the new FCC federal advisory committee is to make...more

FCC Chairman Pai Launches “Digital Empowerment Agenda” and Creates New Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee—Nominations Due...

In one of his first acts as FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai announced he was moving forward with his Digital Empowerment Agenda accompanied by the announcement this past Tuesday that the FCC is forming a new federal advisory...more

Chairman Pai Launches Rollback of Recent FCC Actions

The FCC retracted actions related to net neutrality, network security, media ownership, and other hot-topic issues in a series of orders issued late Friday. The orders represent the first major salvo in Chairman Pai’s...more

Ajit Pai and the FCC’s Role in ISP Privacy Regulation under President Trump

On January 23, 2017, President Donald Trump named Ajit Pai as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In his previous role as the senior Republican on the FCC under President Barack Obama, Mr. Pai was an...more

FCC Chairman Pai Announces Creation of a Broadband Deployment Advisory Council

Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) Chairman Ajit Pai marked his first open meeting as Chairman by announcing a new Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (Committee), which is intended to advise the FCC on...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

Pai FCC’s First Commission-Level Vote Targets Rural Broadband Access

On January 26, 2017, in its first action under the leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) voted to allow the State Of NY to award up to $170 million in Connect America...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

ML Strategies 2017 Outlook: Telecommunications

Senate Telecom Package - During the last Congress, a telecom package was more the subject of chatter than consideration. Yet this Congress, it already has strong momentum. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune...more

Ajit Pai Appointed Chairman of the FCC – Expect Change

In one of his earliest official acts, President Trump appointed FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai as the long-term Chairman of the FCC. While many thought Commissioner Pai was the most likely candidate to be named interim Chairman of...more

Ajit Pai Selected as Next FCC Chairman

On January 20, 2017, Politico Pro reported that President Trump selected Republican Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Ajit Pai to serve as the next permanent FCC Chairman. According to the report,...more

Accessibility Rules Continue to Take Shape Even As FCC Leadership Transitions

With FCC leadership soon shifting as the current administration winds down, there have been several interesting accessibility-related developments. In addition, several important FCC accessibility rule compliance deadlines...more

FCC Clarifies Lifeline Obligations for High-Cost ETCs

In a brief Order released last Friday, the Wireline Competition Bureau clarified that recipients of high-cost funding were not required to create any standalone Lifeline-specific broadband service offerings. After the...more

US Trade Associations and ISPs Petition FCC to Reconsider New Privacy Rules

On January 3, several US trade associations and internet service providers (ISPs) submitted petitions requesting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reconsider its broadband privacy rules mandating consumer...more

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

Ohio Enacts Small Cell Deployment Measures: Limits Local Governments

On December 7, 2016, the Ohio Legislature passed Senate Bill No. 331, which, among other issues, would amend Ohio law to promote the prompt deployment of small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems (“DAS”) by significantly...more

FCC’s Enhanced Transparency Rule Effective January 17, 2017; Small Provider Exemption Expires

According to a Public Notice the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released today, on December 15, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has completed its review of the enhanced transparency rule from the...more

Chairman Wheeler to Leave FCC Jan. 20

Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed that he will resign effective January 20, 2017, Inauguration Day. With Commissioner Rosenworcel unlikely to be confirmed for a new term, this would leave the FCC with two Republicans...more

FCC’s Final Privacy Rule – How Final Is It?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order on Oct. 27, 2016, which started to go into effect this month, regarding privacy and data security obligations for broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers...more

Broadband Privacy Rules Published, FCC Stakes Out Role as Privacy Cop

On December 2, 2016, the FCC’s Broadband Privacy Report and Order (“Order”) was published in the Federal Register, triggering the 30-day deadline for petitions for reconsideration, and the effective dates for certain new...more

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