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Jonathan Marashlian

On May 5, 2020, Representative Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) announced that he and a bi-partisan group of representatives, including Reps. Don Young (R-Alaska), T.J. Cox (D-Calif.), Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), Angie Craig (D-Minn.), et al., had introduced the Universal Broadband Act.  According to the announcement, the legislation would add revenue from broadband services to the Universal Service …

Bi-Partisan House Bill Introduced to Expand USF Contribution Base to Include Broadband Services Revenue Read More »

On April 23, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”), proposing to gradually expand its video description rules to local affiliates of the top four broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox) in 40 additional television markets, as well as to multichannel video programming distributors (“MVPDs”) that carry the …

FCC Proposes to Expand Video Description Requirements to 40 New Television Markets by January 1, 2024 and to Rename the Service “Audio Description” Read More »

NOTE:  This is a “Member’s Only” event hosted by IDeACom.  However, clients and “friends of the firm” may contact Jonathan S. Marashlian at jsm@commlawgroup.com to request a complimentary admission pass to attend.   Two new laws and associated regulations are having a significant impact on businesses with Multi-Line Telephone Systems (“MLTS”) and MLTS system installers, …

Exclusive Webinar Invitation: Kari’s Law and RAY BAUM’S Act Compliance and What it Means for Your Business Read More »

On Monday, April 13, the FCC began receiving applications for the $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Fund (“the Fund”) appropriated by the CARES Act passed last month. The FCC will review applications on a rolling basis until the funds run out or the current public health crisis ends. The FCC has removed competitive bidding requirements for …

FCC Opens Application Portal for $200 Million Telehealth Fund, Publishes Participation Requirements, and Removes Competitive Bidding Process Read More »

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has recently released a Public Notice reminding Commercial Mobile Radio Service (“CMRS”) providers of the upcoming five-year wireless e911 dispatchable location accuracy benchmark certification deadline – June 2, 2020. The benchmark requires CMRS providers to provide, as of April 3, 2020, dispatchable location or x/y location (latitude and longitude) information …

Five-Year Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Benchmark Certifications Due June 2, 2020 Read More »

NOTE:  This is a “Member’s Only” event hosted by IdeaCom.  However, clients and “friends of the firm” may contact Jonathan S. Marashlian at jsm@commlawgroup.com to request a complimentary admission pass to attend.   Two new laws and associated regulations are having a significant impact on businesses with Multi-Line Telephone Systems (“MLTS”) and MLTS system installers, …

Exclusive Webinar Invitation: Kari’s Law and RAY BAUM’S Act Compliance and What it Means for Your Business Read More »

Under an Executive Order issued on April 4, 2020, foreign telecommunications companies seeking to do business in the U.S. will face formal scrutiny from a joint team of representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the office of the Attorney General.  President Trump’s Executive Order brings structure and time limits …

“Team Telecom Executive Order” Formalizes and Brings Greater Clarity to Historically Opaque National Security Review Process Read More »

The Universal Service Administrative Corporation (“USAC”) announced in its April 2nd newsletter that despite changes to business as a result of ongoing efforts to combat the COVID-19 virus, it will continue “all regular and ongoing work” related to administering the Federal Universal Service Fund (“USF”). USAC receives and processes USF program applications, collects contributions from …

USAC Maintains Q2 Deadlines Amidst COVID-19 Disruption and Continues to Make USF Refunds Available to Double-Assessed Resellers Read More »