Telecommunication

Communication at a distance, especially the electronic transmission of signals via the telephone

Verizon seeks FCC permission to retire copper in 8 markets, emphasizes call to revise processes

Location:
VA, United States

Verizon has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to retire copper in eight Northeast markets (Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland and Delaware), marking another step in the company’s migration of its customer base to fiber-based technology.

Rural Telecom Economics: Telergee Report Finds Revenues Up, Profits Down

Location:
Telergee Alliance, 8215 Nashville Avenue, Lubbock, TX, 79423, United States

The average small rural telecommunications company saw revenues increase in 2016 but profitability declined in comparison with the previous year.

Trump’s FCC Will Let Big Telecom Destroy Small Houston ISPs As It Rebuilds After Harvey

Location:
Houston, TX, United States

As Texas starts to dry out from the damage of Hurricane Harvey, another perfect storm is forming.

Consumer Advisory Committee (Sept 2017)

Sep 18 2017 - 8:30am - 3:00pm
Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Broadband 4 All

Nov 2 2017 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location:
National Union Building, 918 F Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004, United States

The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition will convene Broadband4All: Universal Service Symposium on the future of anchor institutions and the Universal Service Fund (USF) on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Lifeline: Continue Reform, Or Throw It Out With the Wastewater?

The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on waste, fraud, and abuse in the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program, which provides discounts on telecommunications services for eligible low-income consumers. In 2016, Lifeline disbursed about $1.5 billion in subsidies, making crucial communications services more affordable for 12.3 million households. In June, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report, based on 2014 subscriber data, that pointed to fraud and inefficiencies in the program, leading to this week's hearing.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner O'Rielly Before 7th Congreso Internacional de Espectro, Bogota, Columbia

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

As far as the US perspective, our priorities generally seek to create a regulatory environment that provides our telecommunications industries the opportunity to innovate, obtain investment and ensure continued growth for years to come.

The FCC’s Plan to Gut Tech Transitions Rules Is Bad for Consumers, Small Businesses and Competition

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

In April 2017, the Federal Communications Commission began a wireline infrastructure proceeding designed to accelerate broadband deployment. The proceeding contains multiple proposals to remove barriers to broadband deployment and infrastructure, such as reforming pole attachment rates and preempting state and local laws. Buried within these proposals is a plan to eliminate “tech transitions” rules, which outline the responsibilities of phone carriers when they choose to retire copper networks or discontinue service.

FCC Seeks Comment On NECA 2018 Average Schedule Company Universal Service HCLS Formula

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

On August 30, 2017, the National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc. (NECA) filed its 2018 Modification of the Average Schedule Universal Service High Cost Loop Support Formula.

Harvey highlights issues of aging 911 tech

Location:
Houston, TX, United States

As flood waters began swallowing roads and homes during Tropical Storm Harvey, panicked Houston residents did what everyone in the US is programed to do in an emergency. They dialed 911. But the emergency number struggled with record high call volume.

FCC Announces Working Group Members Of The Communications Security, Reliability, And Interoperability Council And The Date Of The Next CSRIC Meeting

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

This Public Notice serves as notice that the Federal Communications Commission has appointed members to serve on the working groups of the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC or Council).

Will Rural Texas Ever Get Its Phone Service Back After Harvey?

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Once the floodwaters recede and the reconstruction begins, when can residents see their phone service — and broadband service — return. For rural residents of Texas still dependent on traditional landlines, the answer to that may be “never.”

To Tackle Robocalls From Illegally Spoofed Numbers, FCC Proposes Whopping $82M Fine

Location:
Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth, 1300 North 17th St, Arlington, VA, 22209, United States

Earlier in August, in its war against illegal robocalling campaigns the Federal Communications Commission proposed another hefty fine. That is, a fine of 82 million dollars.

Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Announces Agenda for Sept 11 Workshop on Improving Situational Awareness During 911 Outages

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

As previously announced, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) will host a public workshop on September 11, 2017 to discuss best practices for improving situational awareness during 911 outages.

Announcement of Sept 18 Consumer Advisory Committee Meeeting

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

The next meeting of the Consumer Advisory Committee will take place on Monday, September 18, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Commission’s headquarters building.

CBO Scores Public Lands Telecommunications Act

Location:
Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Second and D Streets, SW Ford House Office Building 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20515-6925, United States

The Public Lands Telecommunications Act (HR 2425) would make most fees collected by the federal government from firms with communications equipment on federal lands available to be spent, subject to appropriation, by federal land management agencies (Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation).

Pleading Cycle Established for Comments on NTCA and USTelecom's Petition for Forbearance from USF Contribution Requirements

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

On June 14, 2017, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) and the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) filed a joint petition pursuant to Section 10 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, requesting that the Commission temporarily forbear from application of universal service fund (USF) contribution requirements with respect to broadband Internet access transmission services provided by RLECs, whether tariffed or offered on a de-tariffed basis.

Telemarketer Fees to Access the FTC’s Do Not Call Registry to Rise Slightly in FY 2018

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States

The Federal Trade Commission has announced FY 2018 fees for telemarketers accessing phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. The annual fees will increase slightly from FY 2017, and are set forth in a Federal Register notice.

FCC Seeks Comment & Information to Guide Annual Inquiry Under Sec. 706, Whether Advanced Telecom Has Been Reasonably and Timely Deployed

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

Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, as amended (1996 Act), requires the Commission to determine and report annually on “whether advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.”

Chairman Pai Welcomes Senate Passage Of Kari's Law

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai released the following statement regarding unanimous U.S. Senate passage of Kari’s Law Act of 2017.

Senate Passes Six Technology and Telecommunications Bills

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

On August 3, the passed the following technology and telecommunications bills ...

FCC Proposes $82 Million Fine For Spoofed Robocalls

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

The Federal Communications Commission proposed an $82,106,000 fine against an individual who apparently made more than 21 million illegally spoofed robocalls in violation of the Truth in Caller ID Act.

FCC’s 2015 pole attachment order upheld by circuit court

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

The Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 pole attachment order was upheld in a ruling July 31 by the Eighth Circuit Court, providing a potential win for competitive and incumbent providers expanding their fiber networks.

FTC Escalates the Fight against Illegal Robocalls Using Consumer Complaints to Aid Industry Call-Blocking Solutions

Location:
Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States

Every day American consumers report tens of thousands of illegal robocalls to the Federal Trade Commission, and now the FTC is helping put that information to work boosting industry efforts to stop unwanted calls before they reach consumers. Under a new initiative announced by the FTC, when consumers report Do Not Call or robocall violations to the agency, the robocaller phone numbers consumers provide will be released each day to telecommunications carriers and other industry partners that are implementing call-blocking solutions.

Verizon says pole attachment reforms should not be tied to union agreements

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Verizon is taking a different view on the one-touch make-ready (OTMR) proposals being considered by the Federal Communications Commission, saying that any new rules should not be driven by the labor agreements carriers have with unions like the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

Louisville’s Award-Winning Redlining Map Helps Drive Digital Inclusion Efforts

Location:
Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville has garnered much praise for an award-winning data map that visualizes the modern day effects of redlining — a practice that dates back to the 1930s, and involves racial and socioeconomic discrimination in certain neighborhoods through the systematic denial of services or refusal to grant loans and insurance.

FCC Fines Robocalling Platform Almost $3 Million for Illegal Calls

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

The Federal Communications Commission today issued a $2.88 million fine against a New Mexico-based company, Dialing Services, for facilitating unlawful robocalls.

AT&T, Verizon say 90 days is enough for copper retirement notices

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

AT&T and Verizon, two of the nation’s largest telecommunication companies, are making their case again to the Federal Communications Commission to shorten the copper retirement notice from 180 to 90 days.

When dialing 9-1-1 doesn’t work and how Kari’s Law helps fix it

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Soon after his daughter's funeral, Hank Hunt began reaching out to dozens of resources to make sure his tragedy never happens to anyone else. His mission: to ensure 9-1-1 could be dialed directly from any landline phone from any public building in the US.

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.

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