Telecommunication

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

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.

FCC Seeks Comment on Combating Rural Call Completion Problems

Location:
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.

House Appropriations Committee Approves the Fiscal Year 2018 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

Location:
House Committee on Appropriations, 45 Independence Ave SW 2359 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

The House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill on a voice vote. The legislation includes $6.94 billion for rural electric and telephone infrastructure loans, the same level as fiscal year 2017.

CenturyLink wants to shed 7 legacy analog, low-speed data services in 24 states

Location:
CenturyLink, 100 CenturyTel Dr, Monroe, LA, 71201, United States

CenturyLink is seeking the Federal Communications Commission’s permission to shut down a number of low-speed data and analog services in 24 states located in its predecessor company CenturyTel’s territories, citing lack of demand.

Mexico's America Movil details argument in telecom dispute

Location:
America Movil SAB, Lago Alberto 366, 11320, Mexico

Billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil argued on July 5 against rules brought in by an overhaul of the country's telecommunications industry, saying in a statement they were unfair and had led to a loss of its business rights.

Illinois OKs end of landlines, but FCC approval required

Location:
Illinois General Assembly, Springfield, IL, 62706, United States

An AT&T-backed bill to end traditional landline phone service in Illinois is now the law of the land. Overriding Gov Bruce Rauner's (R-IL) veto, the General Assembly approved the telecom modernization bill on July 1, enabling AT&T to disconnect its remaining 1.2 million landline customers statewide, pending approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

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

Location:
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 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.

Verizon says de facto copper retirement concept inhibits fiber migration, creates uncertainty

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

Verizon has asked the Federal Communications Commission to get rid of the so-called de facto retirements from its copper retirement definition, arguing that it could create uncertainty in the process of shutting down legacy facilities.

Senate Minority Leader Schumer (D-NY) calls for FCC crackdown on ringless robocalls

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) called on the Federal Communications Commission to block telemarketers from leaving ringless voicemails, a new technology for sales calls.

Ringless voicemail spam won’t be exempt from anti-robocall rules

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

A petition to exempt ringless voicemails from anti-robocall rules has been withdrawn after heavy opposition.

Eighth Circuit to Hear Challenges to FCC's Business Data Services Decision

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 111 S 10th St., St. Louis, MO, 63102, United States

Legal challenges to the Federal Communications Commission's business data services (BDS) reforms have been consolidated in the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for July 2017 Open Meeting

Location:
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 July Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 13, 2017 ...

Consumer Protection Month at the FCC

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

During Consumer Protection Month, the FCC will take up several public interest initiatives to address problems that too many Americans face.

FCC Proposes Rules To Aid Investigation Of Threatening Calls

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

The Federal Communications Commission proposed rules to help unmask anonymous callers who threaten and harass schools, religious institutions, and other victims.

FCC Proposes $120 Million Fine of Massive Caller ID Spoofing Operation

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

The Federal Communications Commission proposed a $120 million fine against an individual who apparently made almost 100 million spoofed robocalls in violation of the Truth in Caller ID Act. The law prohibits callers from deliberately falsifying caller ID information to disguise their identity with the intent to harm or defraud consumers.

FCC Seeks Comment on Eliminating Burdensome Payphone-Era Rules

Location:
fcc, United States

In its continuing effort to eliminate costly and unnecessary regulations, the Federal Communications Commission proposed easing certain audit and reporting rules to better reflect the changing role of payphones in a mobile era.

Former-Commissioner Michael Copps: ‘Maybe the Worst FCC I’ve Ever Seen’

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

A Q&A with former Federal Communications Commission member Michael Copps.

Britain’s broadband capital considers cutting off phone lines

Location:
Hull, United Kingdom

The small city of Hull in northern England is planning to be one of the first places in Europe to consign its telephone lines to history. By the end of 2017, between 150,000 ...

Consumer Groups Take Aim at Navient for Phone Harassment

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

A half-dozen consumer groups have asked the federal government to take action against Navient, a student loan servicer, and have accused the company of “harassing and abusing” borrowers with repeated automated telephone calls, even after being asked to stop.

CenturyLink Is Accused of Running a Wells Fargo-Like Scheme

Location:
CenturyLink, 100 CenturyTel Dr, Monroe, LA, 71201, United States

A former CenturyLink employee claims she was fired for blowing the whistle on the telecommunications company's high-pressure sales culture that left customers paying millions of dollars for accounts they didn't request, according to a lawsuit filed in Arizona state superior court.

A New Court Ruling Harms Prisoners Nationwide -- Including My Cousin

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

My cousin Charlie is serving time in an upstate New York prison. On June 13, a federal appeals court struck down several provisions in the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decisions to cap the cost of prison- and jail-phone calls. This ruling is a real blow to my family and many others like mine across the country.

Democratic Sens Press FCC Not To Allow Straight-to-Voicemail Telemarketing

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States

Democratic Sens are calling on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai not to allow telemarketers to leave “ringless voicemails” on potential customers' phones.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn's Statement on Inmate Calling Decision in DC Circuit

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

Today’s DC Circuit decision is deeply disappointing, not just for me and the many advocates who have fought for more than a decade to bring about much needed reform in the inmate calling services regime...it is a sad day for the more than 2.7 million children in this country with at least one incarcerated parent.

FCC Chairman Pai Circulates Item on Broadband Privacy

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

New to the Federal Communications Commission’s list of items on circulation an un-docketed item on protecting the privacy of customers of broadband and other telecommunications services; implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996; and telecommunications carriers' use of CPNI and other customer information.

FCC Chairman Pai Statement On D.C. Circuit Inmate Calling Decision

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

Today, the DC Circuit agreed with my position that the FCC exceeded its authority when it attempted to impose rate caps on intrastate calls made by inmates. Looking ahead, I plan to work with my colleagues at the Commission, Congress, and all stakeholders to address the problem of high inmate calling rates in a lawful manner.

Remarks of Commissioner Mignon Clyburn SEARUC 2017 Annual Conference

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

We can all agree that what we could do with less is the pull and push between federal, state, and local policymakers.

“Regulatory Revival” and Employment in Telecommunications

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States

Empirical research demonstrates that the Obama Administration’s aggressive regulatory agenda at the Federal Communications Commission reduced investment in the telecommunications sector between $20 and $40 billion annually, robbing the nation of a boom in network expansion the public wants and Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act mandates.

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