On January 24, 2022, in Docket 21-450, the FCC released a Report and Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement the new Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP, which builds upon the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program, provides eligible low-income households discounts off the cost of broadband service and connected devices.
Section 222(a) of the Telecommunications Act requires every telecommunications carrier to protect the confidentiality of customer proprietary network information (CPNI) of, and relating to, other telecommunication carriers, equipment manufacturers, and customers, including telecommunication carriers reselling telecommunications services provided by a telecommunications carrier.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which became law in November requires the FCC to develop regulations for ISP broadband labels.
It’s a story too big to ignore. The unprecedented dispute between AT&T and Verizon and the aviation industry led by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the airline carrier association – Airlines for America (AFA).
The FCC ends the year looking toward the future. The recently enacted Infrastructure Act (Act) allocates $65 billion to broadband development.
In a Fourth Report and Order (Order) released December 10, 2021 in Docket 17-97, the FCC has shortened the amount of time provided to small voice service providers that are not facilities-based. They will now be required to implement STIR/SHAKEN in the IP portions of their networks no later than June 30, 2022.
Industry comments and reply comments were filed over the last few weeks regarding the FCC’s request to refresh the record for Docket 17-142. In this proceeding the Commission is attempting to bring additional broadband choices to multiple tenant environments (MTEs) such as apartments, condominiums and shopping malls.
Inmates have always had issues communicating with their friends and family by phone. They are typically poor but must (usually) deal with a monopoly provider free to charge them prices well above cost. It’s been a recognized problem for years in our industry.
Arizona Senator Krysten Sinema is a thorn in Joe Biden’s side. She, along with West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin have opposed his Build Back Better proposal because of the massive price tag, and now she may also oppose his new FCC pick Gigi Sohn
In a widely expected Order in Docket 11-42 released on November 5th, the FCC paused the scheduled phaseout of Lifeline support for voice-only service until December 31, 2022.