Category: Blog

FCC Adopts Broadband Digital Discrimination Rules

In a Report and Order (Order) and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) adopted November 15, 2023, in Docket 22-69 a split FCC adopted rules to prevent and eliminate broadband digital discrimination. The Commission takes this action do to the Congressional 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which requires it to adopt rules ensuring that […]

Mobile Providers Must Increase Accessibility to Wireless Emergency Alerts

On October 19, 2023, the FCC released a Third Report and Order (Order) in Docket 15-91, adopting rules to improve Wireless Emergency Alerts. These include making WEA messages available in more than a dozen additional languages, including American Sign Language (ASL); adding increased functionality; and providing public information on where and how WEA is available. […]

FCC Proposes to Reinstate Net Neutrality

Despite warnings that it is not needed, and that it will almost certainly be rejected by the Supreme Court, the new fully staffed FCC re-introduced Net Neutrality at its October 19, 2023, meeting.  The new Net Neutrality proposal will be subject to industry comments in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in Docket 23-320.  Comments will be due on December 14, 2023.

Democratic Legal Experts Urge FCC to Avoid Net Neutrality Fight

It is no secret that Democrats are chomping at the bits to re-institute the Obama-era Net Neutrality rules.  Under that administration, the FCC classified broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service regulated under Title II of the Telecommunications Act after years of light Title I regulation.  While this ensured that the ISPs could not discriminate against particular Internet traffic it also gave the Commission authority over ISP rates, terms and conditions.  Moreover, critics claimed that such imposing regulations stifled investment and innovation.

FCC Order Would Reduce VoIP Provider Access to Telephone Numbers

As we welcome Anna Gomez to the FCC as its fifth commissioner, we ought to be prepared for an avalanche of new regulations, including the return of net neutrality, additional control of broadband services and an increased focus on consumer protections. 

FCC Mandates Higher Broadband Speeds and New Support for Rate-Of-Return ILECs

In a July 25, 2023, Report and Order in Docket 10-90, along with a Notice of Proposed Rule-making (NPRM) and Notice of Inquiry (NOI), the FCC adopted an Enhanced Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) program. This model will provide a voluntary path to enable the widespread deployment of 100 Mbps download speed and 20 Mbps upload speed (100/20) broadband service throughout rural areas served by small ILECs currently receiving A-CAM support and in areas served by legacy rate-of-return support recipients.

FCC to Increase Affordable Connectivity Program Benefit to $75 per Month

The Infrastructure Structure and Jobs Act (Infrastructure Act) became law in 2021, directing the FCC to establish the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Congress appropriated $14.2 billion to the Program to support discounted broadband service to qualifying low-income households by providing a monthly benefit of: (1) up to $30 per month; (2) up to $75 per month for eligible households on qualifying Tribal lands; or (3) up to $75 per month for eligible households in high-cost areas. In a Sixth Report and Order (Order) in Docket 21-450 that will be adopted at its August 3, 2023, meeting, the FCC will mandate rules to implement the up-to-$75 monthly ACP benefit in high-cost areas.