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Jonathan Marashlian

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released its latest 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 sections require telecommunications and advanced …

FCC Identifies CVAA Compliance Gaps; Are Your Company’s Covered Products and Services Accessible to People with Disabilities? Read More »

On October 17, 2020, President Trump signed S. 2661 — the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 (the “Act”). In addition to codifying the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) designation of 9-8-8 as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, the Act clears the path for imposing 9-8-8 fees on carriers. It does so by prohibiting …

More Regulatory Fees on the Horizon as States Given Green Light to Recover Costs Related to 9-8-8 “National Suicide Hotline” Services; Disability Rights Advocates Ask FCC to Accelerate Deadline for Text-to-9-8-8 and Direct Video Calling Compliance Read More »

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 (“The Act of 1996”) moved to break up telecom monopolies by requiring local exchange carriers to allow their rivals use of individual (or “unbundled”) network components to reach customers. In the twenty-four years since then, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has repeatedly scaled back the unbundling requirements where telecom competition …

FCC Order Grants ILEC Wishes: Scaled Back Network Unbundling Rules and Avoided-Cost Resale Requirement to be Phased-Out Read More »

On Friday, October 9th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) upheld existing rules governing when private telecommunications lines must contribute to the federal Universal Service Fund (USF). Mixed use private phone lines will continue to be assessed for USF contribution under the so-called “10% Rule” first established in 1989 and most recently affirmed by the FCC’s …

FCC Order Confirms and Clarifies Application of “10% Rule” and Jurisdictionalization of Private Line Revenue for USF Purposes Read More »

On October 6th 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a draft Order on Remand (“Draft Order”) responding to the DC Circuit’s remand in Mozilla Corp. v. FCC, which ordered the FCC to review the effect of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (“Freedom Order”) on (1) public safety, (2) the regulation of pole attachments, and …

Draft Order on Remand: Review of the Restoring Internet Freedom Remand Order Read More »

As we approach the end of 2020, certain manufacturers, vendors and service providers should be gearing up to comply with the requirements of RAY BAUM’s Act, starting on January 6, 2021.  Under the FCC’s rules, new installations of fixed multiline telephone services (“MLTS”), telephone services and VoIP must be capable of transmitting “dispatchable location” information …

Reminder of Upcoming 911 Compliance Deadline Read More »

On Wednesday, September 30th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously agreed to implement changes to the review process that foreign telecommunications companies undergo before doing business in the USA. The changes, first proposed via an Executive Order on April 4th, formalize and streamline the existing ad hoc system of review. The DOJ, DHS, and AG …

FCC Adopts Rules to Overhaul and Streamline “Team Telecom” National Security Review of Foreign Ownership in U.S. Carriers Read More »

Maybe we say it too often around here and it loses its impact (you know, “the boy who cried wolf” effect), but we’ll throw caution to the wind and just say it again — the upcoming webinar co-hosted and sponsored by the Cloud Communications Alliance and Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The CommLaw Group, really is …

LAST CALL to Register! EDUCATIONAL WEBINAR: Learn the Regulations re: Disability Access to Communications & Technology Under the CVAA and ADA; Turn Compliance Into Business! Read More »

The attorneys of Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The CommLaw Group’s USAC Compliance, Audit Preparation and Defense practice cordially invite you to attend a webinar sponsored and hosted by TeleStrategies!  USAC Audits – Surviving the Regulatory Meat Grinder Learn the “in’s and out’s” of the USAC Audit process.  Learn how your company can not only survive …

LAST CALL: Join Us for a Webinar on USAC Audits Hosted by TeleStrategies! Learn the Audit Process and Steps You Can Take to Minimize (and even Avoid) the Pain! Read More »

Will my Customers’ lawful calls get blocked by the Big Carriers (AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, Comcast, T-Mobile, and others) thanks to the STIR/SHAKEN robocall mitigation regime (a regime the Federal Communications Commission is largely putting into the hands of the very same Big Carriers)?   Is there anything my Company can do between NOW and June …

Will Your Telecom/VoIP Company Have Legitimate and Lawful Calls Blocked by the Big Terminating Carriers (aka, Your Competitors) Courtesy of the STIR/SHAKEN Robocall Mitigation Regime? Read More »