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The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC” or “Commission) Enforcement Bureau (“Bureau”) recently issued an Order that notifies and directs all U.S.-based voice service providers (‘VSPs”) to take immediate steps to effectively mitigate suspected illegal robocall traffic made by or on behalf of the following: (1) Urth Access, LLC (Urth Access); (2) Fire Data LLC; (3) US …

FCC Orders Voice Service Providers to Block Student Loan Robocalls Read More »

The UK Government is introducing a new telecoms security framework (the “TSF”) through the Telecommunications (Security) Bill (the “Bill”). This is a particularly important development, given that fines could be significant – up to 10% of annual turnover and/or £100,000 per day of contravention in certain circumstances as further described in the Advisory linked below. Providers of …

The UK Government is introducing a new telecoms security framework through the Telecommunications (Security) Bill Read More »

On November 30, 2022, all Telecommunications Service Providers (TSPs) required to fully implement STIR/SHAKEN as a condition of providing or offering services in Canada must file their second post-implementation STIR/SHAKEN status reports with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). TSPs can rely on the CRTC’s template, which adds additional optional questions not included in …

November 30, 2022 Deadline for Canadian TSPs – Second CRTC STIR/SHAKEN Status Reports Read More »

All service providers who receive funding from any of the FCC’s USF programs, or the new Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), are required to have an identification number, called a SPIN, in order to file FCC Form 498 and to receive funds. Among the items formerly required to obtain a SPIN was a so-called DUNS number, …

Changes in a General Services Administration (GSA) Registration Process Will Affect Service Providers Participating in the Universal Service Fund (USF) Programs, Starting on November 16, 2022. Read More »

On October 11, 2022, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) released its sixth CVAA biennial report to Congress (the “Report”), assessing industry compliance over the past two years with sections 255, 716, and 718 of the Communications Act of 1934, as required by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (“CVAA”). These …

FCC Submits 2022 Biennial CVAA Report to Congress, Citing Compliance Gaps in Video Conferencing Services Read More »

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) recently released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) proposing new rules to mitigate malicious robotext campaigns. The FCC is soliciting public comments on whether to require mobile wireless providers to find and actively block illegal texts, as well as ideas to apply caller ID authentication standards to text …

FCC Seeks Comments on Proposed Anti-Robotext Rules Read More »

On September 29, 2022, the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC” or “Commission”) approved a Report and Order (the “Order”) adopting new rules that will improve the clarity and accessibility of emergency alert messages delivered using the Emergency Alert System (EAS) for all Americans and, in particular, people with disabilities. The new rules require all EAS …

FCC Adopts Rules Making Emergency Alert System Communications More Accessible and Less Confusing to Consumers Read More »

On September 8, 2022 the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a report and order and further notice of proposed rulemaking adopting sweeping changes to its regulations governing access to telecommunications relay services (TRS) for incarcerated individuals with hearing and speech disabilities. The new rules require inmate calling service (ICS) providers to offer all …

FCC Expands Disability Access Obligations of Inmate Calling Service Providers and Proposes Additional Regulatory Changes to Improve Communications for Inmates with Hearing and Speech Disabilities Read More »

In a previous Client Advisory, the CommLaw Group delineated the new robocall mitigation regulatory requirements imposed on previously exempt gateway providers by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”). In a Report & Order released May 20, 2022, the FCC imposed a number of new rules on gateway providers, which it defines as “U.S.-based intermediate …

Gateway Providers’ Traceback Compliance Rule Effective September 23, 2022 Read More »