Category: Blog

Democrats Introduce New Net Neutrality Bill

We have often pleaded with Congress to once and for all codify net neutrality rules, so we don’t continue to ping-pong between Republican and Democratic presidents. We envisioned that the two parties would compromise, forbidding blocking, throttling and paid prioritization of traffic, but rejecting utility like Title II regulation for ISPs.

FCC Mandates New Resiliency Requirements for Wireless Networks

On July 6, 2022, the FCC released a Report and Order (Order) and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Further Notice) in Docket 21-346, establishing new rules to improve the reliability and resiliency of vital mobile wireless networks during disasters and other emergencies.

FCC Adopts New Compensation Plan for IP Relay Service

In a Report and Order (Order) released June 30, 2022, in Docket 03-123. the FCC adopted a new compensation plan for Interstate Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Fund support of Internet Protocol Relay Service (IP Relay).

FCC Tries Again to Stop Access Arbitrage

Like a bad penny, the issue of access arbitrage continues to turn up every year or two. The last time we confronted this issue was in 2019, when the FCC released the Access Arbitrage Order, in Docket 18-155, in which it revised its Access Stimulation Rules to prohibit local exchange carriers (LECs) and Intermediate Access Providers from gaming the inter-carrier compensation process by inflating traffic volumes to maximize access charge revenues.

FCC Deadlines Loom for Broadband Data Collection and Stir/Shaken Implementation

The summer slowdown for the FCC may be looming, but there is no downtime for telecommunications carriers. Broadband data collection (BDC) filings are due for all ISPs on September 1, 2022, while non-facilities-based telecom providers must implement the Stir-Shaken caller ID authentication system by June 30, 2022.

FCC Proposes Rules for Broadband Connectivity Program

On June 8, 2022, in Docket 21-450, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice) intended to establish rules for collecting data on the price and subscription rates of broadband services obtained by consumers enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program (Program).

Potential New FCC Commissioner Withering on the Vine

Eight months ago, President Joe Biden nominated Gigi Sohn to be the fifth FCC commissioner and third Democrat, finally breaking the two-two tie that had stymied the return of net neutrality and other stronger broadband controls.

FCC Seeks Higher Speeds for Rural Broadband Providers

On May 20, 2022, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in Docket 10-90 seeking industry comments on a proposal by the Alternative Connect America Broadband Coalition (Coalition) designed to achieve widespread deployment of 100/20 Mbps broadband service throughout rural areas served by rate-of-return carriers currently receiving Alternative Connect America Cost Model (ACAM) support.