Federal Communications Commission

FCC Announces It Is Ready to Pay Reverse Auction Winning Bids

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

By this Public Notice, the Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus of the Federal Communications Commission identify each station ...

Chairman Pai's Response to Sens Wyden, Schatz Regarding ECFS Cyberattack

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

On July 7, 2017, Sens Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to express concern about the FCC facing a similar ...

Remarks of Rachael Bender at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Caribbean Association of Network Telecommunications Organizations

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

[I]t is particularly important that the United States and Caribbean nations collaborate. Our countries share many common interests and significant cultural and economic ties.

Remarks of Commissioner Clyburn Appalachian Ohio-West VA Connectivity Summit

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

If you care about robust broadband, if you care about being able to use the internet without your service provider compromising your privacy, picking winners and losers online, if you want infrastructure built in your communities, then you cannot remain on the sidelines.

FCC Denies motion of the National Hispanic Media Coalition for extension of time to file comments in the Restoring Internet Freedom proceeding

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

On July 7, 2017, the National Hispanic Media Coalition filed a Motion for Extension of Time in the above captioned proceeding. Petitioner asks us to extend the initial comment deadline until “60 days after the Commission complies with [NHMC’s] outstanding” Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. For the reasons set forth below, we deny the Motion.

FCC Announces Preliminary Reimbursable Cost Estimate for the Post-Auction Broadcast Transition

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

This week, TV stations and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) eligible for reimbursement of costs associated with new channel assignments resulting from the incentive auction submitted their initial cost estimates.

Bridging the Digital Divide

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

I’m pleased to announce that August will be Rural Broadband Month at the Federal Communications Commission.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for August 2017 Open Meeting

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the August Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 3, 2017 ...

FCC Takes Action to Alleviate Robocalls to Reassigned Phone Numbers

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Inquiry to explore methods by which reassigned telephone number data could be made available to callers to avoid making unwanted calls to consumers.

FCC Rules on Game Show Network v. Cablevision

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission responded to Cablevision’s appeal of a decision by the FCC’s Administrative Law Judge which granted Game Show Network’s (GSN) program carriage complaint against Cablevision. The Memorandum Opinion and Order adopted today reverses the Initial Decision and denies GSN’s complaint.

FCC Updates Rules on Authorization of Radiofrequency Devices

The Federal Communications Commission streamlined and modernized the authorization requirements for most radiofrequency devices, such as cell phones or TV receivers, that are imported, marketed, or operated within the United States.

FCC Seeks Comment on Combating Rural Call Completion Problems

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Continuing its work to improve communications services in rural America, the Federal Communications Commission took additional steps to combat the problem of long-distance calls failing to reach rural communities.

Entering the Construction Phase of the Post-Incentive Auction Transition

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

July 12 marks another milestone in the incentive auction transition – the deadline for TV stations that have been assigned a new channel to file for construction permits for their new facilities and to submit their estimated eligible costs for relocation.

FCC Increases Amount Of Required Video Described Programming On Top-Rated Broadcast and Nonbroadcast Networks

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Beginning in July 2018, broadcasters and pay-TV providers carrying one of the top networks must provide 87.5 hours of described programming per calendar quarter, which averages out to roughly one hour per day of description on each included network.

FCC Chairman Pai Orders Immediate Action on Lifeline Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

In a letter to Universal Service Administration Company CEO Vickie Robinson, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai responded to a recent Government Accountability Office report on potential waste, fraud and abuse in the FCC’s Lifeline program and additional internal FCC investigations. “In light of these investigations and their findings, I believe immediate action is warranted.”

Chairman Pai Announces Pelkey As Press Secretary

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he has appointed Tina Pelkey as Press Secretary for the Chairman. Pelkey will report to the director of the FCC’s Office of Media Relations.

A Mid-Band Spectrum Win in the Making

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Anyone who has spent half a minute working on wireless communications issues knows that America’s wireless providers need additional spectrum to expand existing network capacity and/or deploy new technologies (e.g., 5G). Such constraints apply to both licensed and unlicensed spectrum users.

FCC Streamlines Reporting Rules for Universal Service Recipients

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

In this Report and Order, by eliminating several rules that are either duplicative of other reporting requirements or are simply no longer necessary, we streamline the annual reporting requirements for eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) that receive high-cost universal service support.

FCC Chairman Pai Appoints Jerry Ellig Chief Economist

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced the appointment of Jerry Ellig as chief economist for the FCC. Dr. Ellig currently serves as a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Chairman Pai Announces Hudson To Serve As Director Of The Office Of Workplace Diversity

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the agency has chosen Larry Hudson to serve as Director of the Office of Workplace Diversity, continuing the work he has been doing as acting director.

FCC Takes Pains So That Code Of Federal Regulations Contains Current FCC Privacy Rules

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission released an Order taking a necessary procedural step so that the Code of Federal Regulations contains an accurate reflection of the FCC’s current privacy rules.

FCC Reminds Eligible Telecommunications Carriers of Their Ongoing Responsibility to Claim Lifeline Support Only for Eligible Low-Income Consumers

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau reminds eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) of their primary responsibility to ensure the eligibility of Americans seeking Lifeline support. Even as the FCC implements reforms to the Lifeline program to further protect the Universal Service Fund from waste, fraud, and abuse, ETCs are, and will remain, responsible for any fraud that forms the basis of their claims for Lifeline reimbursement.

Statement Of FCC Chairman Pai On T-Mobile's Agreement With Public Television Stations To Assist With Translator Repacking

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement after PBS and America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) announced an agreement with T-Mobile whereby T-Mobile will provide financial assistance during the post-incentive auction repack to translator stations that extend public television signals into hard-to-reach rural areas.

Effective Date Announced for Revisions to Public File Requirements

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

On January 31, 2017, the Commission adopted a Report and Order in MB Docket No. 16-161 eliminating two public inspection file requirements: (i) the requirement that commercial broadcast stations retain in their public inspection file copies of letters and emails from the public; and (ii) the requirement that cable operators maintain for public inspection the designation and location of the cable system’s principal headend.

Statement Of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai On The GAO Report Finding Significant Risks In The FCC's Lifeline Program

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report finding that deceased individuals had enrolled in the program and noting that GAO could not confirm the eligibility of 36 percent of the subscribers it reviewed. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement in response.

FCC Chairman Pai Announces Appointment of New BDAC Member

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai appointed Andy Huckaba to serve on the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). Huckaba will serve on the BDAC as a representative of the City of Lenexa, Kansas, where he is a member of the City Council. Huckaba also serves as Vice-Chair of the FCC’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee.

Chairman Pai's Response to Members of Congress Regarding Affordable Broadband in High-Cost Rural Areas

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

On June 16, 2017, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai responded to various members of Congress responding to questions surrounding affordable broadband in high-cost rural areas.

FCC Chairman Pai Responds to Congress on Local Service Rate Floor

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

FCC Chairman Pai sent letters to Sens Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Luther Strange (R-AL) and Reps Robert Aderholt (R-AL) and Mo Brooks (R-AL) on June 20, 2017, in response to their letter about the local service rate floor.

FCC Chairman Pai Responds to Sen Barrasso on BDAC Nomination

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Chairman Pai sent a letter to Sen John Barrasso (R- WY) on June 20, 2017, in response to his letter supporting the appointment of Neil Schlenker, Chairman of the Board of ...

Chairman Pai Announces Wayne Leighton as Chief of FCC Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the agency has chosen Wayne Leighton as chief of the FCC’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, continuing the work he has been doing as acting chief.