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Jonathan Marashlian

On April 7, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Public Notice inviting comment from all stakeholders on whether any updates are needed to its rules implementing the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (“CVAA”). Congress passed the CVAA more than ten years ago to help “ensure that individuals with disabilities …

With the Goal of Enhancing Access to Advanced Technologies for Persons with Disabilities, FCC Seeks Comment on Proposed Update of CVAA Rules Read More »

The Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) in January implemented a new rule section, Part 89 of Title 14 of Code of Federal Regulations. Part 89 imposes new remote identification (“Remote ID”) requirements on unmanned aircraft (“UA”) and related equipment, for which their manufacturers and operators are responsible. The Remote ID rules are intended to fully integrate …

FAA’s Comprehensive New Rules for Drones are Imminent: Comply or Don’t Fly Read More »

Yesterday, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released an order granting Tata Communications’ petition for waiver of rules governing the Limited International Revenue Exemption (LIRE) to allow Tata to maintain its eligibility for the exemption for contribution purposes once its interstate revenues exceed the current qualifying threshold for that exemption (currently 12% interstate revenue to 88% …

FCC Grants Petition Seeking Waiver of Interstate Revenue Threshold Associated with Limited International Revenue Exemption; Allows Tata to Qualify for LIRE in Spite of Interstate Revenue Exceeding 12% Read More »

As explained below, changes to the way the federal Telecommunications Relay Services fund (“TRS Fund”) generates the funds needed to support a variety of communications solutions to disabled persons are in the works. Historically funded based solely on contributions from interstate and international telecommunications and interconnected VoIP (“I-VoIP”) services revenue, by next year we anticipate …

FCC Sets in Motion Further Expansion of TRS Fund Contribution Base; Evaluate Your Carrier’s Regulatory Cost Recovery Fee Practices to Avoid Shortfalls or Gross Over-Collection Read More »

Congress has authorized, and the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) is administering, two recent funds to ensure the availability of broadband services to those most in need during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.  The two funds are stockpiled with billions of dollars of federal funding: Emergency Connectivity Fund — $7.1 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit program – $3.2 …

FCC to Distribute over $10 Billion in Emergency, Pandemic-Related Benefits to Qualified Broadband Consumers for Certain Broadband Equipment and Services Read More »

The FCC is continuing its aggressive enforcement efforts against robocalls and the service providers that appear to facilitate them.  Coming on the heels of a $225 million forfeiture order against Texas-based telemarketers for “transmitting approximately 1 billion robocalls, many of them illegally spoofed, to sell short-term, limited-duration health insurance plans,” the Commission has delivered “cease-and-desist …

FCC Continues Aggressive Efforts on Robocall Enforcement: Hits Half a Dozen Providers with Cease & Desists Read More »

Authored by:  Jonathan S. Marashlian The fast-growing and wildly popular video conferencing company, Zoom, recently filed an application with the FCC to obtain direct telephone numbers from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (“NANPA”). While the company’s application may well be a simple business Economics 101 decision — increase margins through lowered cost of number …

Zoom’s Direct Numbering Access Application with FCC May Accelerate the “Skype Loophole’s” Demise Read More »

The Federal Communications Commission released a public notice on March 12, 2021, announcing the proposed universal service contribution factor for the second quarter of 2021 will be 33.4%, up from the previous quarter’s 31.8%.   At 33.4%, the Q2 Universal Service Fund (“USF”) contribution Factor is the highest ever recorded.  Breaking last quarter’s record… which broke …

Yet Another Record Shattered! FCC Announces Proposed USF Contribution Factor of 33.4% for Q2 2021! Read More »

On March 4, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a public notice reminding equipment manufacturers and service providers subject to the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (“CVAA”) of their obligation to (1) maintain documentation of their efforts to make covered products and services accessible to users with disabilities and (2) …

Annual CVAA Accessibility Recordkeeping Compliance Certifications due April 1: Is Your Company Ready to Comply? Read More »

Today, the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) released Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture proposing fines of between $10,000 and $20,000 against a half dozen facilities-based broadband ISPs for, allegedly, failing to timely file their 2020 FCC Form 477s.  The impacted ISPs are: Ryan Root d/b/a Root Automation and 4Fast.net …

FCC Fines a Half Dozen Broadband ISPs for Failing to Timely File Form 477s Read More »