In a widely anticipated move, the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) announced an interim final rule (the “Interim Rule”) that designates China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela as national security threats and prohibits U.S. companies from buying six
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On January 4, 2021, the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in EB Docket No. 20-374 (“NPRM”) was published the Federal Register. Comments are due February 3, 2021 on the FCC’s proposed online web portal for private entities to report information
STIR/SHAKEN – Robocall Mitigation & Compliance Regime: What is it, why is it important, who must comply, how and by when?
Nearly all Companies in the “Call Origination-to-Call Completion” chain are impacted by a variety of federal laws, FCC’s Rules, and industry group policies implementing industry-wide measures intended to materially reduce the volume of unwanted and/or illegal robocalls plaguing American consumers
As we approach the end to a “memorable” 2020 (understatement of the millennium!), Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The CommLaw Group is pleased to share a little bit of good and positive news! Jane L. Wagner and Allison D. Rule, two
ATTENTION: VoIP & Wireless Companies Doing Business in Oregon Subject to State USF Obligations on January 1, 2021
The Oregon Public Utilities Commission released an order implementing legislation that will subject providers of interconnected VoIP and retail wireless services to state universal service fund obligations. The new rules become effective on January 1, 2021. Affected clients of The
New FCC Rules Streamlining Foreign Ownership/National Security Review Processes to Take Effect on December 28th
After publication in the Federal Register on November 27, 2020, the FCC’s changes to the review process for certain applications involving foreign ownership will go into effect on December 28, 2020, with the exception of rules requiring OMB review and
The Federal Communications Commission released a public notice on December 14, 2020, announcing the proposed universal service contribution factor for the first quarter of 2021 will be 31.8%, up from the previous quarter’s 27.1%. At 31.8%, the Q4 Universal Service
FCC Identifies CVAA Compliance Gaps; Are Your Company’s Covered Products and Services Accessible to People with Disabilities?
Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released its latest Biennial Report to Congress (the “Report”), assessing industry compliance over the past two years with sections 255, 716, and 718 of the Communications Act of 1934, as required by
More Regulatory Fees on the Horizon as States Given Green Light to Recover Costs Related to 9-8-8 “National Suicide Hotline” Services; Disability Rights Advocates Ask FCC to Accelerate Deadline for Text-to-9-8-8 and Direct Video Calling Compliance
On October 17, 2020, President Trump signed S. 2661 — the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 (the “Act”). In addition to codifying the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) designation of 9-8-8 as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, the
FCC Order Grants ILEC Wishes: Scaled Back Network Unbundling Rules and Avoided-Cost Resale Requirement to be Phased-Out
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 (“The Act of 1996”) moved to break up telecom monopolies by requiring local exchange carriers to allow their rivals use of individual (or “unbundled”) network components to reach customers. In the twenty-four years since then,
FCC Order Confirms and Clarifies Application of “10% Rule” and Jurisdictionalization of Private Line Revenue for USF Purposes
On Friday, October 9th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) upheld existing rules governing when private telecommunications lines must contribute to the federal Universal Service Fund (USF). Mixed use private phone lines will continue to be assessed for USF contribution under
On October 6th 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a draft Order on Remand (“Draft Order”) responding to the DC Circuit’s remand in Mozilla Corp. v. FCC, which ordered the FCC to review the effect of the Restoring Internet
As we approach the end of 2020, certain manufacturers, vendors and service providers should be gearing up to comply with the requirements of RAY BAUM’s Act, starting on January 6, 2021. Under the FCC’s rules, new installations of fixed multiline
FCC Adopts Rules to Overhaul and Streamline “Team Telecom” National Security Review of Foreign Ownership in U.S. Carriers
On Wednesday, September 30th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously agreed to implement changes to the review process that foreign telecommunications companies undergo before doing business in the USA. The changes, first proposed via an Executive Order on April 4th,
LAST CALL to Register! EDUCATIONAL WEBINAR: Learn the Regulations re: Disability Access to Communications & Technology Under the CVAA and ADA; Turn Compliance Into Business!
Maybe we say it too often around here and it loses its impact (you know, “the boy who cried wolf” effect), but we’ll throw caution to the wind and just say it again — the upcoming webinar co-hosted and sponsored
LAST CALL: Join Us for a Webinar on USAC Audits Hosted by TeleStrategies! Learn the Audit Process and Steps You Can Take to Minimize (and even Avoid) the Pain!
The attorneys of Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The CommLaw Group’s USAC Compliance, Audit Preparation and Defense practice cordially invite you to attend a webinar sponsored and hosted by TeleStrategies! USAC Audits – Surviving the Regulatory Meat Grinder Learn the “in’s
Will Your Telecom/VoIP Company Have Legitimate and Lawful Calls Blocked by the Big Terminating Carriers (aka, Your Competitors) Courtesy of the STIR/SHAKEN Robocall Mitigation Regime?
Will my Customers’ lawful calls get blocked by the Big Carriers (AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, Comcast, T-Mobile, and others) thanks to the STIR/SHAKEN robocall mitigation regime (a regime the Federal Communications Commission is largely putting into the hands of the very
FCC Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the CVAA on October 8th; Register to Attend Disability Access Webinar Hosted by CCA and CommLaw
The Federal Communications Commission will recognize the 10th anniversary of the Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) and its importance in building a more accessible telecommunications world for people with disabilities with a public program on October 8, 2020 beginning
Another Record Shattered! FCC Announces Proposed USF Contribution Factor of 27.1% for 4Q20! Join CommLaw’s Managing Partner at Cloud Comms “Virtual” Summit Where the Skyrocketing USF and Possible Reforms Will be Discussed
The Federal Communications Commission released a public notice on September 14, 2020, announcing the proposed universal service contribution factor for the fourth quarter of 2020 will be 27.1%, up from the previous quarter’s 26.5%. At 27.1%, the Q4 Universal Service
TIME-SENSITIVE REGULATORY COMPLIANCE NOTICE: Annual Regulatory Fees Payable to the Federal Communications Commission Due No Later than September 25, 2020 Most Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) licensees and other regulated entities must pay regulatory fees annually to offset