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FCC Gets Serious about CVAA & Disabilities Access Rules Enforcement; Over the Internet Video Streaming Company Agrees to Pay $3.5 Million Fine for Failure to Provide Closed Captioning

On September 29, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission” announced that Pluto Inc. (“Pluto”) and its parent company, ViacomCBS Inc. (“ViacomCBS”), entered into a Consent Decree with the FCC, settling the Enforcement Bureau’s investigation of allegations that Pluto

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Call Blocking Officially Began on September 28th – FCC Wireline Competition Bureau Reminds Carriers to Block Calls for VSPs Without a Robocall Mitigation Plan Filed in the FCC Robocall Mitigation Database

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required voice service providers (VSPs) to implement STIR/SHAKEN by June 30, 2021 on internet protocol (IP) portions of their network and file certifications on implementation status with the FCC via the Robocall Mitigation Database (RMD)

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Following the Passage of its Initial Assessment Reports Deadline, the CRTC (Canadian Regulator) Focuses on Full STIR/SHAKEN Implementation by November 30, 2021

A Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) decision requires all Telecommunications Service Providers (TSPs) offering and providing telecommunications services in Canada must implement STIR/SHAKEN to authenticate and verify caller identification information for Internet Protocol (IP)-based voice calls by November 30,

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State PUCs Experimenting with Alternatives to Revenue-Based USF Funding Mechanism; Differences in Federal and State Methods Resulting in Confusion and Compliance Complexities

The Federal Universal Service Fund (“FUSF”) as well as the vast majority of state universal service programs currently require contributions from service providers based upon revenue derived from “assessable” telecommunications and VoIP services. With a steadily decreasing pool of assessable

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FCC Issues Citation against VoIP Provider, Signals Broad Expansion of Disability Access/CVAA Enforcement: The Time to Revisit Your Company’s Compliance is Now!

In an unprecedented move, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) issued a citation against ViaTalk, LLC (the “ViaTalk Order”), an interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) provider, finding that the company violated the Commission’s disability access rules by its

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Is Your OTT VoIP Company Ineligible for an STI Certificate (Highest Call Attestation Level) Under Canadian STIR/SHAKEN Rules? Governing Authority Announces Series of Meetings to Decide on New Eligibility Requirements

Interested Telecommunications Service Providers (TSPs) can now participate in a consensus process facilitated by the Canadian Secure Token Governance Authority (CST-GA) to develop new eligibility requirements for access to Secure Telephone Identity (STI) Certificates through Service Provider Code (SPC) Tokens.

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Providing Voice Services in Canada? CRTC Finalizes Canadian STIR/SHAKEN Compliance Deadlines and Mandates Compliance Obligations for all TSPs

Telecommunications Service Providers (TSPs) offering and providing telecommunications services pursuant to the Telecommunications Act in Canada must, pursuant to an April 6, 2021 Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) decision (Decision): File STIR/SHAKEN implementation readiness assessment reports (Assessment Reports) by

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STIR/SHAKEN and Robocall Compliance Seem too Complicated and Burdensome? STI-GA Announces Policy Changes that Improves the Process for Voice Service Providers and Enterprises

The Secure Telephone Identity Governance Authority (STI-GA) recently announced two policy changes that are designed to make the STIR/SHAKEN ecosystem more efficient. The first change concerns allowing optional use of delegate certificates in order to enable voice service providers (VSPs”)

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FCC Proposes Changes to Form 499; Noteworthy Among the Proposed Changes, System Integrators Reselling “Traditional” Telecom Services Would Be Required to Register, File 499s, Report Revenue, and Contribute to Title II Programs (TRS, LNP, NANP) for the First Time

On July 1, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Public Notice proposing changes to the 2022 FCC Form 499-A, 499-Q, and accompanying filing instructions.  Proposed clarifications/edits to the Form 499 include the following (review closely, as

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