Telecommunication

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

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and growing competition in the market for business data services, the Federal Communications Commission eased outdated pricing rules to enable continued robust growth in the market.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

FCC Wants Business Data Service Data From CenturyLink, Level 3

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

As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to deregulate the broadband data services market for incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs)—a vote is planned at the April 20 meeting—the Wireline Competition Bureau has asked for more information from ILEC CenturyLink and merger partner Level 3 on how their merger would affect competition for business services.

INCOMPAS to FCC: Delay Business Data Serivces Vote

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

INCOMPAS, which represents competitive carriers, wants the Federal Communications Commission to hold off on planned vote April 20 on FCC chair Ajit Pai's business data services deregulation until it releases the list of counties it presumes have competition and can deregulate incumbent carrier rates.

Commissioner Clyburn Statement on Transparency in the Business Data Services Proceeding

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

In less than two weeks, the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on an item that will have serious ramifications for the $45 billion market for business data services.

Ajit Pai's Business Data Services Proposal Draws Mixed Reviews

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to deregulate business data service (BDS) rates—credit card readers, ATMs—of incumbent carriers and not to impose potential new price regulations on competitors including cable operators was drawing a lot of attention in Washington after the chairman signaled the FCC would vote on his BDS item at the April meeting.

Upcoming NAFTA renegotiation should expand telecommunications freedom of choice

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico is expected to be at the top of the list for renegotiation under the Trump Administration.

Infrastructure Month at the FCC

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

To bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans, the Federal Communications Commission needs to make it easier for companies to build and expand broadband networks.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda For April 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 April Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 20, 2017:

Business Data Services: Delivering on the Trump Regulatory Reform Agenda

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

March 30, the Federal Communications Commission circulated a drastically different vision for the Business Data Services marketplace [than what was seen during the Wheeler FCC]. On the heels of the largest data collection in the history of the FCC, the order proposes a data- and economics-driven regulatory approach that best reflects the level of competition that exists today (though the market is likely significantly more competitive than even this data – from four years ago – reflects).

Realizing Nationwide Next-Generation 911

Mar 29 2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

Consumer Alert: 'Can You Hear Me' Scams

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

The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers to be on the lookout for scam callers seeking to get victims to say the word “yes” during a call and later use a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges on the victim's utility or credit card account.

FCC Acts To Confront 'IRS Debt' Scam Robocalls and Malicious Caller-ID Spoofing

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

In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on rules that would codify the “Do-Not-Originate” initiative proposed by the FCC and launched by the industry strike force, allowing the effort to continue to grow and help more consumers.

FCC Acts To Improve Video Relay Service To Help Americans With Hearing And Speech Disabilities

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

The Federal Communications Commission approved new rules to improve the quality and efficiency of video relay services. Video relay services (VRS) enable people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech disabled to make calls over broadband through intermediaries using American Sign Language and a videophone. These changes respond to requests from VRS users for improved relay services – and a more robust marketplace of service providers – that are functionally equivalent to those available to hearing individuals.

FCC Proposes To Eliminate And Streamline Burdensome International Reporting Requirements

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

The Federal Communications Commission took steps to streamline and eliminate certain international reporting requirements. Specifically, the Commission proposes to eliminate the annual Traffic and Revenue Reports, and seeks comment on whether there are ways to further streamline the Circuit Capacity Reports. The Commission believes these reports may no longer be necessary in their current form.

Eying an Opening, CenturyLink and Frontier Seek Regulatory Relief for Business Data Services

Location:
Frontier Communications, 3 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT, 06905, United States
Recommendation:
3

CenturyLink and Frontier apparently see the current Federal Communications Commission administration as potentially sympathetic to their concerns about business data services regulation.

FCC Proposes Extension of the Freeze of Jurisdictional Separations

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

In this Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Further Notice), we propose a further eighteen month extension of the freeze of jurisdictional separations category relationships and cost allocation factors for rate-of-return incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) while we continue to work with the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations (Joint Board) to overhaul our separations rules.

Public Knowledge Responds to NYC Complaint Alleging Verizon Breached Deployment Promise

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

The allegations that Verizon has failed to build out to nearly a million New York City households it is obligated to serve are troubling. Although new broadband deployments are costly and time intensive, broadband providers have a responsibility to comply with their franchise agreements.

Broadband Equipment Supplier Adtran: Connect America Fund Broadband Technologies Will Be a Mixed Bag

Location:
Adtran, 901 Explorer Boulevard, Huntsville, AL, 35806, United States
Recommendation:
3

Telecommunication companies are likely to use a mixture of technologies — including fixed wireless, copper bonding and vectoring – to meet deployment requirements of phase two of the Connect America Fund (CAF), said Kurt Raaflaub, head of strategic solutions marketing for broadband equipment supplier Adtran.

1 million NYC homes can’t get Verizon FiOS, so the city just sued Verizon

Location:
New York City Hall, 260 Broadway, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
3

New York City filed a lawsuit against Verizon. The city claims Verizon failed to complete a citywide fiber rollout by 2014 as required in its cable franchise agreement.

FCC Mobility Fund Plans Call For Two Year CETC Support Phase-out

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

Wireless carriers, known as competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (CETCs), who currently receive Universal Service funding in areas that will no longer be eligible for support will have that funding phased out over a two-year period beginning one month after completion of an upcoming mobility fund reverse auction. Details about the CETC support phase-out are included in an Federal Communications Commission order adopted Feb 23 and released to the public this week.

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