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Jonathan Marashlian

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau recently announced the proposed North American Numbering Plan (NANP) administration fund size estimate and contribution factor for the fiscal year October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023 (Fiscal Year 2023). Proper funding of NANP administration ensures that consumers will continue to have access to the numbering resources essential to the …

Proposed NANPA Fund Contribution Factor of 0.00853% Announced by FCC (More than 1/3 Higher than Prior Year Factor of 0.00535%) Read More »

MachineGenius— a conditionally certified Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (“IP CTS”) provider — has recently entered into a Consent Decree with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”), ending an investigation into the company’s violations of the Commission’s IP CTS user eligibility certification rules. In collecting the required eligibility self-certifications, the company neglected to …

MachineGenius Settles with FCC for $400K Over Non-Compliant TRS User Eligibility Self-Certifications Read More »

On June 21, 2022, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) issued an Order, directing all U.S.-based voice service providers (“VSPs”) to immediately investigate and stop carrying traffic from a known robocall scam marketing auto warranties made by or on behalf of the following: (1) Roy Cox, Jr.; (2) Aaron Michael Jones; (3) their individual …

FCC Orders All U.S. Voice Providers to Immediately Mitigate Robocall Traffic from Auto Warranty Scammers; Failure to Heed FCC Directive Could be Embarrassingly Costly Read More »

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is updating its current broadband mapping with more detailed and precise information on fixed and mobile broadband via the Broadband Data Collection (BDC) Program. BDC submissions are required by all facilities-based fixed and mobile broadband Internet access providers and due by September 1, 2022. While the new BDC Program filing …

Form 477 & Broadband Data Collection (BDC) Program Compliance Deadline Fast-Approaching; FCC Goal of Ensuring Greater Data Accuracy Brings Greater Burdens, Complexity, and Consequences for Filers Read More »

In 2019, the Commission adopted the Access Arbitrage Order, in which it revised its Access Stimulation Rules to prohibit local exchange carriers (LECs) and Intermediate Access Providers from gaming the intercarrier compensation regime by inflating traffic volumes to maximize access charge revenues. To crack down on new ways carriers are manipulating traffic to evade the …

FCC Proposes Updates to Intercarrier Compensation Regime Rules to Eliminate Access Arbitrage; Includes Potentially Onerous and Costly Compliance Reporting Duty Imposed on Entire IP-Enabled Services Industry Sector Read More »

Solix, the administrator for the Texas Universal Service Fund (TUSF), recently announced a massive increase to the TUSF contribution factor, which shall be raised from 3.3% to 24% effective August 1, 2022. As a result of Order 50796, the ‘Remittance and Support Worksheet for TUSF Recipients (RMT1)’ and ‘Remittance Worksheet for Non-TUSF Recipients (RMT2)’ within …

Texas USF Assessment Set to Increase from 3.3% to 24% on August 1, 2022 Read More »

Last week, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (“NAL”) proposing to fine Verizon $100K for failing to produce adequate records concerning the accessibility of its Premium Visual Voicemail service to customers with disabilities. In a previous client advisory, we reported the Commission granted a consumer complaint alleging that Verizon’s voicemail service is inaccessible, …

FCC Proposes to Fine Verizon $100K for Failing to Produce Accessibility Records Read More »

On June 30, 2022, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) released an Order expanding the Interstate Telecommunications Relay Services Fund (the “TRS Fund”) contribution base for Video Relay Service (“VRS”) and Internet Protocol Relay Service (“IP Relay”). The Order updates FCC TRS rules to require telecommunications carriers, as well as  both interconnected and …

FCC Broadens TRS Fund Contribution Formulas to Add Intrastate VRS and IP Relay Revenues; Updates TRS Contribution Factors Read More »

On June 30, 2022, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) released an order and notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) collectively, the “Order” — updating the Commission’s regulations governing Video Relay Service (“VRS”) and Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (“IP CTS”), and proposing additional regulatory changes under these telecommunications relay service (“TRS”) programs. The …

FCC Establishes Registration Grace Period for VRS and IP CTS; Proposes Further Changes to VRS Regulations Read More »