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Jonathan Marashlian

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) plans to take up a proposal to require “Nutrition Labels” for broadband service at the commission’s public meeting set for January 27, 2022. The requirement for broadband service labeling stems from provisions in the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The funding bill established the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program …

FCC Seeks Comments on Proposed Rules Mandating Consumer Disclosures by Broadband ISPs (aka, “Nutrition Labels”) Read More »

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau has extended the deadline for filing Comments and Reply Comments on the Universal Service Fund reform proceeding it opened late last year.  For more details regarding the scope of the rulemaking proceeding, see here: Notice of Inquiry on the Future of the Universal Service Fund in Light of the Broadband …

FCC Extends Comment Deadline on USF Reform Proceeding Read More »

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) initiated a new proceeding (WC Docket No. 21-476) and issued a Notice of Inquiry seeking comments due January 18, 2022 on issues related to the impact of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Act) on broadband. Along with expected comments on universal service goals for broadband, the FCC is …

USF Reform Kicks Off Now! FCC Solicits Comments on Universal Service Goals for Broadband; Invites Proposals to Overhaul USF Program Rules Read More »

Delivering on Chairwoman Rosenworcel’s promise to make robocalls a top priority, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Fourth Report and Order amending 47 C.F.R. §§ 64.6300,04,05 by shortening the extension for non-facilities-based small—100,000 or fewer subscriber lines—voice service providers (VSPs) to implement STIR/SHAKEN on IP portions of their network by a year from June …

FCC Accelerates Full STIR/SHAKEN Implementation Mandate for Small Providers and “Bad Actors” Read More »

On December 3, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) entered into a Consent Decree with CaptionCall, LLC — an Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (“IP CTS”) provider — and its parent company, Sorenson Communications, LLC, to resolve investigations into CaptionCall’s alleged non-compliance with the Commission’s Telecommunications Relay Services (“TRS”) rules. The Commission’s Enforcement …

FCC Reaches Historic $40.5 Million Settlement with TRS Provider over Alleged Violations of the IP CTS Rule Read More »

November 29, 2021 represented a milestone in the push to reform the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) contribution system by adding revenue from broadband services into the contribution base.  254 organizations representing multiple stakeholders signed a letter urging policymakers to take “immediate  action  to reform  and  stabilize  the  funding  mechanism that supports  the  USF  by …

254 Organizations, including Broadband Providers, Urge Federal Policymakers to Reform USF by Adding Broadband Revenue to Contribution Base Read More »

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Commissioner Ian Scott addressed the Canadian Telecom Summit today, highlighting key areas that will likely be the CRTC’s focus over the next year and anticipated updates to the telecommunications and broadband industry in Canada. CRTC takes November 30, 2021 STIR/SHAKEN Implementation Deadline for all TSPs Seriously Commissioner Scott confirmed …

CRTC Commissioner Addresses Canadian Telecom Summit: Focus on November 30th STIR/SHAKEN Deadline and Next-Generation 911 Regulations Read More »

On November 5, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the  Biden administration’s $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Infrastructure Bill), which includes $65 billion for broadband access to improve internet services for rural areas, low-income families and tribal communities. Most of the money would be made available through grants to states. The Infrastructure …

Broadband Portion of Infrastructure Bill: A Big Win for Cable & Wireless Industries Read More »

New York’s Governor signed into law two bills on November 8, 2021 that will require telecommunications service providers in the state to increase robocall protections by requiring STIR/SHAKEN implementation and blocking of calls to certain numbers. The first law codifies the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) regulations into state law.  Although it does not expand upon …

New York Turns Up the Heat Against Illegal Robocallers and Carriers of Voice Traffic with Two New Laws Read More »

The Public Utility Division of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission recently announced sweeping changes to the Oklahoma universal service fund (“OUSF”) that will immediately impact all communications service providers doing business in the state. At the same time, the Missouri USF assessment suspension has been extended through September 30, 2022. As of November 1, 2021, all …

IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING STATE USF FEES: Oklahoma and Missouri Recently Announced Changes Impacting State-Level USF Contribution Obligations of Communications Service Providers Read More »