The Federal Communications Commission released a public notice on June 10, 2021, announcing the proposed Universal Service Fund (“USF”) contribution factor for the third quarter of 2021 will be 31.8%, a nearly 2% decrease from the previous quarter’s 33.4%. At
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Less Than One Month Until June 30th STIR/SHAKEN Deadline! Still Need to Develop and Submit Your Robocall Mitigation Plan?
With a mere four (4) weeks remaining until the FCC’s June 30th deadline for compliance with STIR/SHAKEN rules, we thought it would be a good time to remind clients that the single most important obligation for the vast majority of
FCC Commissioner Carr Proposes to Reform Universal Service Fund Contribution System by Adding Broadband Revenue to Contribution Base
Proposal Would Require Big Tech to Start Paying Its Fair Share for Universal Service While Establishing a Stable Revenue Stream for Efforts Needed to Eliminate the Digital Divide Today, in a Newsweek op-ed, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr outlined a
CommLaw Partner, Jackie Neff, Named 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Star – Top Rated Communications Law Attorney!
Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, is proud to announce the selection of Jackie Neff as a 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Star! Ms. Neff has been named a Top Rated Communications Law attorney by Super Lawyers. This is the 3rd time Jackie
STI-GA Announces Update of SPC Token Access Policy: Voice Service Providers Without Direct Access to Telephone Numbers May Now Apply for STIR/SHAKEN Certificate
On May 10, 2021, the FCC issued a Public Notice stating that the Secure Telephone Identity Governance Authority (“STI-GA”) has issued a change in its Service Provider Code (“SPC”) Token Access Policy. Under the new policy, effective immediately, a voice
May 6, 2021 Deadline to Have Robocall Mitigation Plan (RMP) and “Know Your Customer” Procedures Operational Fast Approaching; Deadline to Register and File RMP with FCC on the Horizon
Don’t become the FCC’s Poster Child for filing an inadequate, incomplete, non-substantive Robocall Mitigation Plan (RMP”) and avoid making the mistakes many Companies appear to be making with their RMP submissions; RMPs are NOT “Superficial” or “Certification” style documents; RMPs
A West Virginia federal court judge denied motions to dismiss a proposed class action lawsuit against several telecommunications companies. Mey v. All Access Telecom, Inc., Civil Action No. 5:19-cv-00237-JPB (April 23, 2021). Plaintiff filed a class action lawsuit against All
CommLaw Group and ECG Offering Two-Day Class to Train Telecom Industry Professionals on Privacy Laws, Lawful Intercept (CALEA), Call Routing, Robocalling (STIR/SHAKEN) and International VoIP Requirements
Industry leading engineering and technical consulting firm, ECG, Inc., in collaboration with Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The CommLaw Group, is offering technical and legal issues training through a two-day online class focusing on privacy, confidentiality, and nuisance calling including SHAKEN/STIR, CPNI, HIPAA,
Engineering Firm, ECG, Inc., Collaborates with The CommLaw Group to Offer Two-Day Accredited Class Covering Regulations for Emergency Calling & Reliability
Industry leading engineering and technical consulting firm, ECG, Inc., in collaboration with Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The CommLaw Group, is offering technical and legal issues training through a two-day online class focusing on Emergency Calling – e911, Kari’s Law, Ray
Now that the Robocall Mitigation Database is Available Your Company Needs a “Robocall Mitigation Plan” stat! What is it? And How The CommLaw Group Can Help
The final countdown to the June 30, 2021 TRACED Act (Stir/Shaken) compliance deadline has officially begun! [Click linked text for advisory announcing the availability of the Robocall Mitigation Database (and associated rules)] “Robocall Mitigation Plan” What is it? And How
FCC Finally Releases Robocall Mitigation Plan Filing & Database Public Notice; Final Countdown to June 30, 2021 STIR/SHAKEN Compliance Deadline Starts… NOW!
On April 20, 2021, the FCC released its Public Notice that “announces the immediate opening of the Robocall Mitigation Database, provides detailed filing instructions, and establishes a June 30, 2021 deadline for voice service providers (“VSPs”) to submit required information
Are Big Brand Software Companies Selling UCaaS “Free and Clear” of Telecom Taxes and Regulatory Fees? Or Are They Just Outsmarting You?
Over the course of the past year, a trend within the hyper-competitive Unified Communications as a Service (“UCaaS”) market seems to have emerged. Superficially, at least, it looks like certain large, rapidly growing, and potentially dominant UCaaS vendors are not
With the Goal of Enhancing Access to Advanced Technologies for Persons with Disabilities, FCC Seeks Comment on Proposed Update of CVAA Rules
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
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
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%
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
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
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
FCC to Distribute over $10 Billion in Emergency, Pandemic-Related Benefits to Qualified Broadband Consumers for Certain Broadband Equipment and Services
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
FCC Continues Aggressive Efforts on Robocall Enforcement: Hits Half a Dozen Providers with Cease & Desists
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
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
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