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Jonathan Marashlian

Apply for an OCN and Seek FCC Waiver of Telephone Numbering Rules Now!   The CommLaw Group Offers VoIP Providers a “STIR/SHAKEN Compliance Preparation Bundle” for U.S. $5,000 Fixed Fee   Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The CommLaw Group has responded to the business need for Interconnected VoIP providers (and One-Way VoIP providers) to participate in …

Attention VoIP Providers (One and Two-Way Services): Are You Ready for STIR/SHAKEN? Worried about Call Traffic being Blocked? (Attorney Marketing) Read More »

On June 11, 2020, the FCC requested comments on whether providers of “one-way” Voice over Internet Protocol (“One-Way VOIP”) services should be assessed for contribution to the federal Universal Service Fund (USF). Businesses and industry groups submitted their responses beginning July 13. Not unexpectedly, industry commenters generally fell into three camps – for, against and …

Summary of Comments Filed in FCC Proceeding Considering Extension of USF Fees to One-Way VoIP Services Read More »

On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Enforcement Bureau released two Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) against telecommunications providers for allegedly failing to comply with Universal Service Fund (USF) obligations. Specifically, the FCC proposes to fine Blue Casa Telephone, LLC, and Compu-Phone Voice & Data, Inc. $75,000 a piece for their repeated failure …

FCC Enforcement Bureau Proposes $75,000 Fines Against Two Companies for Repeated and Prolonged Failures to Respond to USAC Information Requests Read More »

The CommLaw Group is pleased to offer Privacy Awareness Training programs to Telecommunications and Cloud Communications service providers operating in the United States and across the globe. PRIVACY AWARENESS TRAINING PROGRAM For Telecoms & Cloud Communications Providers (Click to Download Brochure) Unlike the high-level, “cookie cutter” approach to employee privacy training available to businesses through …

CommLaw Group Now Offers Flat-Fee Privacy Awareness Training Programs Tailored to Your Telecom-Cloud Communications Company! Read More »

Back in late December of last year, our firm predicted the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) could soon take steps to subject revenue derived from “Non-Interconnected VoIP” and other “One-Way VoIP” services to Universal Service Fund (“USF”) contributions:   Are One-Way VoIP Services on the Precipice of Regulatory Parity with Two-Way Interconnected VoIP, including Direct …

FCC Re-Opens Proceeding to Consider Whether to Extend USF Contributions (and Other Regulatory Fees) to One-Way VoIP Services; Comments Due July 13, 2020 Read More »

On June 5th, the FCC Enforcement Bureau’s 11-year long investigation into magicJack’s (a provider of VoIP services) compliance with Commission rules requiring contributions to the Universal Service Fund (“USF”), ended with a settlement.  magicJack agreed to pay a five million dollar ($5 million) fine and accept the terms of an FCC Consent Decree, including onerous …

VoIP Provider, magicJack, Enters Into $5 Million Settlement with FCC to Resolve Decade-Long Investigation of Alleged Unlawful Avoidance of USF Contributions Read More »

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 »