In a move that may signify the early stages of an eventual transition away from a purely “Revenue-Based” Universal Service Fund contribution system (where contributions are calculated based on revenue
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On March 15, the FCC considered a Fourth Report and Order (19-23) that will ensure long-distance calls successfully reach rural America. The FCC acts under the Improving Call Quality and
On March 15, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (19-22) announcing that it will reevaluate its current “partitioning, disaggregation, and spectrum leasing rules might further the agency’s goals
On March 15, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Press Release and Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in its ongoing effort to standardize both a location accuracy
The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau released a reminder to all telecommunications carriers and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers regarding their obligation to file their annual certification documenting compliance with
The FCC continues to combat fraud in its Universal Service Fund (“USF”) programs. In its recent 19-3 Order, the FCC announced the creation of a Fraud Division within the Enforcement Bureau.
FCC Seeks Comments on Changes to FCC Form 499 Including Important Updates for International Carriers
In DA 18-1298, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on changes to Forms 499-A and 499-Q to “ensure ‘sound and efficient administration of the universal service programs.’” Some of these
On December 21, 2018, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a civil suit against telecom provider Comcast/Xfinity in the Hennepin County District Court. Swanson’s complaint alleges that Comcast is liable
USAC has provided a Reseller Certificate template on its website for companies to use. USAC provides this template as a voluntary resource for wholesale telecommunications service providers. Filers may use
Each quarter, USAC releases a newsletter called the 498/499 Spotlight. We at Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC and our affiliated consulting firm, The Commpliance Group, eagerly anticipate these newsletters, as they
In the latest deregulatory action of the Trump era, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) classified text message services as “information services” not subject to federal oversight. Mirroring last year’s action
On November 5, 2018, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sent letters to phone providers demanding that they respond within two weeks with their plans to implement a robust call authentication system
The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) recently released filing requirements for certain carriers holding international Section 214 authority, which requires that these carriers file and maintain international route lists as laid
On September 28, 2018, California became the first state to enact legislation that governs cybersecurity measures on Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and it is sure to have implications nationwide.