It has been fifteen years since the FCC adopted a rule requiring telecommunications carriers and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers to notify customers and federal law enforcement of breaches of customer proprietary network information (CPNI) in their possession.
It’s a new year but the FCC is stuck in the same old place, waiting for a fifth commissioner to be appointed. Gigi Sohn has been renominated by President Biden with the advent of the new Senate.
In 2018, the FCC released a Notice of Inquiry in Docket 18-64 after it recognized that there was a problem routing certain wireless 911 calls.
In a Fourth Report and Order (Order) and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice) released November 23, 2022, in Docket 21-450
In a Statement issued on November 10, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stated that it would once again restore the agency’s policy
In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice) in Docket 22-339 released on October 27, 2022, the FCC proposed to “bolster the operational readiness and security of the nation’s public alert and warning systems, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts. These systems warn the public about emergencies through alerts on their televisions, radios, and wireless phones.”
While they disagree on many issues, the evenly divided FCC agrees on the importance of stopping illegal robocalls. Therefore, it requires voice providers to implement the caller ID authentication technology called STIR/SHAKEN on their Internet Protocol (IP) networks. STIR/SHAKEN combats robocalls by allowing voice carriers to verify that the caller ID information transmitted with a call matches the caller’s number.
On September 27, 2022, the FCC decided to act against scam text messaging. Unwanted texts cause similar problems as unwanted voice calls since they violate consumer privacy and can jump-start consumer fraud and identity theft.
In May 2021, in a Fifth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Docket 12-375, the FCC sought industry comments on requiring inmate calling services providers to provide access to all eligible relay services for incarcerated people with communication disabilities.
The FCC released a Report and Order that phased out cost based ILEC unbundling requirements everywhere except in the most rural areas of the country.