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Published: 4/5/2017
Views: 1151
Congressional Review Act Resolution Repealing FCC’s Privacy Rules Signed into Law
On March 28, on highly partisan votes, the U.S. House of Representatives, following action by the U.S. Senate a week earlier, passed a joint resolution of congressional disapproval that wipes the FCC’s new broadband privacy regulations out of the rulebook. The President signed the legislation on April 3, putting it into effect.   Read More...
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Published: 3/8/2017
Views: 1310
FCC Grants Waiver From Enhanced Reporting Requirements For Small BIAS Providers With 250,000 Or Fewer Broadband Connections
On March 2, 2017, the Federal Communication Commission (“FCC”) released an Order that the FCC originally adopted in February that grants a waiver from the 2015 Open Internet Order’s enhanced reporting requirements for BIAS providers.   Read More...
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Published: 2/27/2017
Views: 1311
FCC Extends High Cost Universal Broadband “HUBB” Portal Filing Deadlines for Connect America Recipients
On February 24, 2017, the Federal Communication Commission (“FCC”) released an Order extending the March 1, 2017 High Cost Universal Broadband (“HUBB”) Portal filing deadlines for Connect America Fund support recipients regarding their broadband deployment location reporting obligations.   Read More...
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Published: 1/9/2017
Views: 1593
Follow-up on Changes to the Federal Lifeline Program
The FCC issued an Order on January 6, 2017 clarifying that ETCs that do not already have a standalone Broadband Internet Access Service (BIAS) offering in areas where they receive high-cost support are not required to create a new standalone Lifeline BIAS offering as a result of the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order.   Read More...
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Published: 12/14/2016
Views: 1655
FCC Releases Guidance Regarding Broadband Deployment Location Reporting Obligations
On December 8, 2016, the Federal Communication Commission (“FCC”) released a Public Notice providing guidance to Connect America Fund support recipients regarding their broadband deployment location reporting obligations.   Read More...
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Published: 12/7/2016
Views: 1648
Follow-up on Changes to the Federal Lifeline Program
You may recall that the FCC released an Order on April 27, 2016 that made significant changes to the Federal Lifeline program. As a reminder, the following rules became effective on December 2, 2016.   Read More...
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Published: 7/28/2016
Views: 1924
Obligations to Offer Backup Power Options and Provide Disclosure Information Regarding Backup Power Use During Power Outages
As a reminder, the FCC's Battery Backup Rules take effect on August 11, 2016, for small providers with 100,000 or fewer customer lines. The new rules focus narrowly on providers of any facilities-based, fixed voice service that is intended as a residential service and is not line-powered ("Covered Providers").   Read More...
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Published: 5/20/2016
Views: 2316
Changes to the Federal Lifeline Program
On March 31, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted an order that reformed its Lifeline program. The text of the order was not released until April 27, 2016. The new order sets a lifeline budget of $2.25 billion that will be annually adjusted for inflation.   Read More...
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Published: 4/12/2016
Views: 2721
May 2 Deadline for ETCs to Elect to have USAC Perform Lifeline Recertification
As was true last year, ETCs are being offered the opportunity to have the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) perform Lifeline recertification for your Lifeline subscribers in 2016 https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-347A1.pdf.   Read More...
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Published: 2/17/2016
Views: 2874
FCC Provides Backup Power Disclosure Template
Last month the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the backup power consumer disclosure rule it adopted in its IP Transition Report and Order. OMB must approve the rule under the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act before it can go into effect.   Read More...
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Published: 2/10/2016
Views: 2977
FCC Enforcement Bureau Issues Advisory Regarding Annual CPNI Certifications Due By March 1, 2016
The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Enforcement Bureau (“Bureau”) has posted an advisory notice to remind telecommunications carriers and interconnected VOIP providers that certifications for compliance with rules relating to Customer Proprietary Network Information (“CPNI”) are due by March 1, 2016.   Read More...
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Published: 1/22/2016
Views: 3035
New Lifeline Rules Become Effective On Or After February 4, 2016
The Wireline Competition Bureau (“Bureau”) has announced that the rules set forth in the 2015 Lifeline Reform Order, released on June 22, 2015, have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), and that the announcement of the OMB approval of the rules will be sent to the Federal Register on February 4, 2016.   Read More...
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Published: 11/18/2015
Views: 3546
Federal District Court Dismisses Claims By Sprint And Verizon Regarding Intramta Wireless Rule Relating To Access Charges
On November 17, 2015, a Federal District Court dismissed Sprint and Verizon’s claims that Local Exchange Carriers (“LECs”) are unlawfully charging them IXC access charges for IntraMTA wireless calls that originate and terminate in the same MTA.   Read More...
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Published: 11/6/2015
Views: 3656
Rural Exemption Excludes Small Telephone Companies From Fcc’s New Copper Retirement Notice Requirement Rules
On October 19, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) new Copper Retirement Notice Requirement Rules, adopted August 7, 2015, were published in the Federal Register. It was hoped by many in the industry that along with the publication of the rules there would be a clarification that small carriers whose rural exemption remains intact are exempt from the new copper retirement notice requirements.   Read More...
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Published: 10/22/2015
Views: 3878
FCC Reminds High-Cost Support Reciepents That Support Must Be Used For Its Intended Purposes
The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Public Notice on October 19th to remind High-Cost Support Recipients that support funds are to be used only for its intended purposes of maintaining and extending communications service to rural, high-cost areas of the nation.   Read More...
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Published: 7/21/2015
Views: 4101
The Fcc’s New Rules For Document Retention For Initial Lifeline Eligibility And For A Uniform Snapshot Date For Reimbursements
On June 22, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released the Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Order on Reconsideration, Second Report and Order, and Memorandum Opinion and Order that changed a few things with regards to the Lifeline program. The Order was subsequently published in the Federal Register and will be effective on August 13, 2015. The following are some of the high-lights from the recent Lifeline Order:   Read More...
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Published: 6/18/2015
Views: 3588
600 MHz incentive auction - Rural Bidding Credit
The upcoming FCC 600MHz may be of interest to many rural companies throughout the United States. The 600MHz block of spectrum, much like the valuable 700MHz spectrum that was auctioned a few years ago, will be highly sought after for its propagation characteristics (it goes through walls and buildings better than spectrum higher in the spectrum range).   Read More...
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Published: 3/12/2015
Views: 3666
Wireline Competition Bureau Releases Alternative Connect America Model Version 1.01
The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") in April 2014 proposed a transition framework for a voluntary election by rate-of-return carriers to receive model-based support. At that time the Commission directed the Wireline Competition Bureau ("Bureau") to make adjustments to the Connect America Cost Model ("CAM") so that it could be used in rate-of-return areas.   Read More...
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Published: 3/5/2015
Views: 3704
Biennial Recertification Of Study Area Boundary Or Update
Companies will recall that the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau ("Bureau") previously required each incumbent local exchange carrier ("ILEC") to submit online with the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") a map containing its service boundary area, at the exchange area level, along with a certification that the information was accurate.   Read More...
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Published: 1/23/2015
Views: 2366
Schools And Libraries 2015 E-Rate Funding Year Bidding Process
USAC has opened the Schools and Libraries E-rate Program Form 471 filing window allowing applicants to continue the process of obtaining funding commitment decisions from USAC for the 2015 Schools and Libraries funding year beginning July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. The Form 471 funding window closes at midnight on March 26, 2015.   Read More...
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