Telecommunication

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

AT&T-backed legislation to cut POTS lines limits affordable, reliable options, says AARP, Citizens Utility Board

Location:
IL, United States
Recommendation:
2

AT&T-supported legislation in Illinois that would eliminate a requirement for the telco to offer landline voice service, or "plain old telephone service," has been met with opposition from the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and the AARP, igniting new debate on legacy services.

Why is telecommunications taxed like a sin?

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

The way governments in the United States treat telecommunications providers, you would think that the providers’ services came with a Surgeon General warning.

Republicans want to leave you more voicemail — without ever ringing your cellphone

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

For years, consumers have warred with telemarketers for ringing their landline phones at all hours of the day. Pretty soon, though, they might find their mobile voicemail under the same sort of assault — that is, if the Republican Party and others have their way.

FCC Halts Rural Phone Rate Hike

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission stopped a federally mandated rate increase for certain rural phone customers, pending review of an FCC policy known as the “rate floor.”

Final Report on March 8, 2017 AT&T Mobility VoLTE 911 Outage

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

On the afternoon of March 8th, 2017, nearly all AT&T Mobility (AT&T) Voice over LTE customers across the nation lost 911 service for five hours. This report presents the Federal Communications Commission's findings on the investigation.

Public Notice on Filing Comments on Advanced Methods to Target Robocalls

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

On March 23, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry that begins a process to facilitate voice service providers’ blocking of illegal robocalls by proposing rules to expressly authorize blocking of certain categories of calls by providers and inquiring into further options for blocking.

President Trump Taps David Redl to Head NTIA

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate David J. Redl of New York to be Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, Department of Commerce.

Infrastructure Deployment Webinars For Small Businesses

May 31 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will hold a webinar on a recently-adopted Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry entitled Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment.

Infrastructure Deployment Webinars For State And Local Governments

May 24 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will hold a webinar on a recently-adopted Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry entitled Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment.

Infrastructure Deployment Conference Call Consultation For Tribal Nations

May 25 2017 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy (ONAP) will hold a Tribal conference call Consultation on a recently-adopted Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry entitled Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment.

President Trump has a long history of secretly recording calls, according to former associates

Location:
Trump Tower, 725 5th Ave, New York, NY, 10022, United States
Recommendation:
2

Throughout Donald Trump’s business career, some executives who came to work for him were taken aside by colleagues and warned to assume that their discussions with the boss were being recorded.

CenturyLink’s Level 3 acquisition faces challenges from California consumer advocacy groups

Location:
CenturyLink, 100 CenturyTel Dr, Monroe, LA, 71201, United States
Recommendation:
3

CenturyLink’s proposed acquisition of Level 3 is now facing protests from two California-based consumer advocacy groups who say the combined company will place too much control of a large portion of the state’s wholesale and retail fiber into one company.

Sprint sues FCC for 'capricious' deregulation of business data services

Location:
Sprint Nextel, 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sprint and another Windstream filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission for the agency's recent decision on business data services.

FCC's Ajit Pai too focused on deregulation

Location:
Penn State University, State College, PA, 16801, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai exudes charm even as he operates an aggressive deregulatory weed wacker that favors arcane administrative safeguards for phone companies over other matters, such as the long past due reduction in extortionate calling rates paid by prison inmates.

Comm O'Rielly Remarks at ACA International's Washington Insights Conference

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Thank you for inviting me to join you today to discuss the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, or TCPA.

Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July–December 2016

Location:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA, 30333, United States
Recommendation:
3

The second 6 months of 2016 was the first time that a majority of American homes had only wireless telephones.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda For May 2017 Open Meeting

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the May Open Commission Meeting scheduled for ...

Court Urged To Restore FTC's Power To Prosecute AT&T

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

In 2016, three judges on a federal appellate court issued a stunning ruling that blocked the Federal Trade Commission from prosecuting AT&T for allegedly duping customers. The judges said in their opinion that the FTC couldn't proceed against AT&T because the agency lacks jurisdiction against common carriers.

AT&T hopes you forget it's a phone company

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

With T-Mobile tearing up the wireless industry, what's a carrier to do? If you're AT&T, start looking outside the wireless business.

European Union Has Issues with FCC's Business Data Services Proposal

Location:
European Union, Brussels, Belgium
Recommendation:
3

Add the European Union (EU) to those raising red flags over the Federal Communications Commission's planned April 20 vote on a broadband business data services deregulation order proposed by new FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

FCC Advances Competition, Investment in Business Data Services Market

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Recognizing substantial and growing competition in the market for business data services, the Federal Communications Commission eased outdated pricing rules to enable continued robust growth in the market.

Maximizing Investment (and Jobs) In Broadband Networks

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) demonstrates that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai not only recognizes the importance of the technology transition that is already underway, but that he is willing to tackle the issue head on early in his leadership.

Sen Markey, Rep Doyle Call for Business Data Services Vote Delay

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Add to the list of those calling for a delay in the Federal Communications Commission's April 20 vote on deregulating broadband business data services (BDS) Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) and House Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Doyle (D-PA).

BDS Reform for 2017, Not 2005

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

As the business data services (BDS) proceeding is drawing to a close, some are still arguing for an additional delay, suggesting that resolution of this proceeding is contrary to the facts and will slow the deployment of 5G services.

US telecoms industry set for M&A negotiations frenzy

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

In 10 days, the Federal Communications Commission will lift a ban on telecoms companies engaging in merger talks, and Wall Street is betting on T-Mobile US, Sprint, and Dish Network to be the first ones out of the gate.

3 GOP Reps Call on Chairman Pai to Soften Business Data Services Proposal

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Three members of the Arkansas delegation are asking Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to soften his proposal to deregulate the business data services market.

Five Obama-era tech policies on the chopping block

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is just getting started. Here are five regulations or policies he's working to roll back.

If your phone line gets hacked, guess who your service provider thinks should pay the bill

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Arlene Howard’s phone bill said she made a bunch of calls to Cuba, which she didn’t. Her service provider, Charter Communications, acknowledged that her office line must have been hacked. But it still demanded that she pay thousands of dollars to cover the cost of the bogus calls.

USTelecom: FCC's BDS Deregulation Could Go Further

Location:
USTelecom, 607 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

USTelecom, which represents major phone Internet service providers, was rooting on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's business data service (BDS) proposal, which deregulates rates for incumbent providers like USTelecom members AT&T and Verizon where there is competition—and Pai signals he thinks that is a lot of places.

Chairman Pai's Response to Members of Congress Regarding Prison Payphone Rates

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

On March 28 2017, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai responded to several members of Congress regarding prison payphones and the FCC's decision not to defend at oral argument the intrastate calling rate caps.

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