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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.

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FCC Seeks Feasibility of Location-Based Routing of Wireless 911 Calls

With today’s technology, when Americans make a 911 call over a wireline telephone, the call will be directed to, and answered by, a public safety answering point (PSAP) that can immediately dispatch aid to the caller’s location. The same scenario doesn’t always work when 911 calls are made on wireless phones and can have dangerous consequences.

FCC Eases Budget Controls for Some Rate-of-Return ILECs

On May 10, 2022, the FCC released an Order in Docket 10-90 in which it temporarily waives, on its own volition, the application of the budget control mechanism for rate-of-return (ROR) carriers that receive high-cost

FCC Makes New Moves to Stop Foreign Robocalls

Stopping illegal robocalls that originate abroad remains a particular problem for the Commission because of the difficulty in reaching foreign-based robocallers and the foreign voice service providers that originate their traffi

FCC Improves Reassigned Numbers Database

From the “who knew it existed file,” the FCC announced on April 8, 2022, that it is improving its Reassigned Numbers Database (RND) by “making it more affordable and valuable for callers as a resource to reduce the number of unwanted phone calls Americans receive.”

Will Edge Providers Pay for Universal Service?

In FCC Docket 21-476 the industry is debating the future of the Universal Service Fund (USF). There is widespread agreement that the contribution base should remain revenues based but should widen to include revenues from broadband Internet access services