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Holly Harper

On January 10, 2022, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) Media Bureau released a Public Notice reviving a stalled rulemaking proceeding to clarify disability access requirements for closed captioning display settings for digital apparatus, to ensure consumers with hearing loss can fully enjoy video programming. The proposed rules, if adopted, would clarify how manufacturers …

Comments Sought by FCC for Accessibility Requirements for Closed Captioning Settings for Video Apparatus: Now is the Time for Your Company to Weigh In Read More »

On Wednesday, January 12, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a press release proposing changes to existing regulations concerning the notification responsibilities of telecommunications carriers following a breach of customer proprietary network information (CPNI). Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to her fellow Commissioners and will seek comments from the …

Proposed Changes to CPNI Breach Notification Requirements of Telecom Carriers Announced by FCC Chair Read More »

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) has reevaluated “undue hardship” extensions to full STIR/SHAKEN implementation, as required by the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act. TRACED Act Requires Reevaluation and Potential Revision of Undue Hardship Extensions The TRACED Act requires the FCC, at least annually, to reevaluate and …

FCC Declines to Modify Extensions for Certain Providers to Implement STIR/SHAKEN Pursuant to TRACED Act Read More »

New Mexico’s state universal service fund (“USF”) administrator — VantagePoint Solutions — recently announced a change to the New Mexico State Rural Universal Service Fund contribution factor. For 2022, the contribution factor will decrease from $1.08 to $0.95 per connection. While seemingly insignificant, this change exemplifies the diverse and rapidly evolving USF regulatory landscape, discussed …

New Mexico Announces Change to State Rural Universal Service Fund Contribution Factor, Reinforcing Diverse and Dynamic Nature of USF Surcharges Read More »

On November 29, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) Enforcement Bureau released an order requiring ViaTalk, LLC, an interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) provider to take specific steps to remedy violations of the Commission’s disability access rules. The ViaTalk Enforcement Order requires ViaTalk to conduct a call with the aggrieved customer within …

FCC Orders VoIP Provider to Remedy Disability Access Violations: Time to Revisit Your Company’s CVAA Compliance Read More »

SPC Token Application Available with Just Over a Week to Implement STIR/SHAKEN The Canadian Secure Token – Governance Authority‎ (CST-GA) released its much-anticipated and long-awaited SPC Token Application. Available only via this direct link, the Application generally tracks what was expected and will allow currently ineligible Telecommunications Service Providers (TSPs) to obtain Service Provider Code …

Canada’s CST-GA Releases SPC Token Application; CRTC’s Full STIR/SHAKEN Implementation Deadline is Nov 30 Read More »

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that CA Diffusion entered into a settlement and will pay a $200,000 penalty for violating Canada’s Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules between September 2018 and July 2019 by making non-compliant telemarketing calls. The CRTC investigation found that CA Diffusion committed several violations by placing millions of unsolicited calls to …

CRTC Announces $200,000 Penalty Against Canadian Company Violating the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules via African Call Centers Read More »

Telecommunications Service Providers (TSPs) in Canada may soon have access to Secure Telephone Identify (STI) Certificates—necessary for higher (Level A or B) attestation—once the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) acts on a report (Report) by the Canadian Secure Token Governance Authority (CST-GA). The Report follows consultation with currently ineligible TSPs (without access to Canadian …

Canadian Telecommunications Service Providers May Soon Have Access to STI Certificates, Allowing for Higher Attestation in Canada Read More »

On June 29, 2021, as part of a California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) proceeding reviewing funding mechanisms for the state’s Public Purpose Programs, the Administrative Law Judge overseeing the case issued a memorandum that includes an extensive data request for information (the “Data Request”). All communications companies licensed by the CPUC must respond to the …

California Public Utilities Commission Orders Licensed Communications Companies to Respond to a Detailed Data Request Within 30 Days Read More »