February 21, 2017 - REGScan
- The FCC released the agenda for its February
23, 2017 Open Meeting, and will consider, among other things: a Report and
Order on the Mobility Fund; a Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration
that resolves a number of issues raised in the CAF Phase II Auction Order
FNPRM, including the adoption of weights; an Order granting a five-year waiver
to BIAS providers with 250,000 or fewer broadband connections from the enhanced
reporting requirements adopted in the 2015 Title II Open Internet Order; and a
Report and Order that would streamline and eliminate Part 32 accounting rules.
- The FCC announced
the 2017 local voice service rate floor for incumbent ETCs is $22.49, the
reasonable comparability benchmark for voice services is $49.51, and the
reasonable comparability benchmarks for broadband services range from $76.47
for 10/1 Mbps (100 GB usage allowance) through $90.76 for 25/5 Mbps (unlimited
were filed on
asking whether to expand the A-CAM budget for rate-of-return carriers to
provide additional funding with an associated increase in broadband deployment
obligations. Replies are due February 27. FR Notice
- WTA seeks
a waiver or extension of the March 31, 2017 deadline until December 31, 2017,
for recipients of CAF A-CAM and CAF BLS support to file deployment data in the
High Cost Universal Service Broadband portal.
- WTA, et al. support
full funding for both the A-CAM Path and the RoR Path.
- Oppositions are due March 6, 2017, to
Adak Eagle Enterprise’s Petition
for Reconsideration of the FCC’s decision to deny Adak Eagle a second offer
of A-CAM support. Replies are due March 14, 2017.
- NTCA said
a paper prepared by Vantage Point Solutions shows 5G networks will continue to
have technical shortcomings that will render them very useful complements, but
poor substitutes, for wireline broadband.
- Numerous ex partes were filed on the CAF Phase
II auction and the Mobility Fund II.
- Allband discussed its Petition
for interim partial waiver of the $250 per line cap on high-cost support and
for increased per line support above the cap.
- Comments are due
March 16, 2017, on why the FCC should not initiate proceedings to revoke the
Commission authorizations granted to SIC. Replies are due March 31, 2017.
filed an opposition to SIC’s Petition
for Reconsideration of the Order
that found SIC improperly received payments in the amount of $27,270,390 from
the federal high-cost support mechanisms from 2002 to June 2015. Replies are
due February 27. FR
Telcom and Crown
Castle filed comments on the DHHL’s request
for guidance on whether SIC’s exclusive license to provide telecommunications
services to the Hawaiian home lands conflicts with section 253(a) of the
Act. Replies are due February 27. Public
February 13, 2017 - REGScan
- Chairman Pai pledged his
office will share with the Commissioners every item that will be considered at
an Open Meeting before anyone in his office discusses the content of those
items publicly or the FCC releases the text of those documents. Chairman Pai announced
when the FCC releases the text of meeting items, it will also release a
one-page fact sheet summarizing the proposal, and any substantive edits made to
an item between the time it is circulated and the meeting at which the
Commissioners vote on it should have to be proposed by a Commissioner, rather
than staff. Chairman Pai announced
changes to the process of granting editorial privileges to the staff of the
relevant Bureaus and Offices after an item is adopted at the FCC’s Open
Meetings. Chairman Pai instructed
the Enforcement Bureau that any consent decree settling a Notice of Apparent
Liability or Forfeiture Order issued by the full Commission must now be
approved by a vote of the full Commission.
Telephone, Direct Communications, MTE Communications, and WTA discussed
full funding of both the A-CAM Path and the RoR Path for USF high cost support.
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing on March 8, 2017, on FCC oversight. Chairman Pai
and Commissioners Clyburn and O’Rielly will be witnesses.
- Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) sent a letter
to Chairman Pai, to express concerns with the Commission’s decision
to retract the E-rate
Modernization Progress Report. Fifteen
Democratic Senators sent a letter
to Chairman Pai, expressing concern with the FCC’s action revoking the Lifeline
Broadband Provider status of nine providers.
- The WCB seeks
comment on NECA’s 2017 proposed modification
of average schedule formulas. Comments are due March 13; replies due March 28.
- Organizations representing rural America asked
President Trump to designate a senior member of the White House staff and/or
create an Office of Rural Policy within the Executive Office of the President
to focus specifically on rural issues.
- The FCC clarified
the means by which ILECs may provide interconnecting entities and governmental
authorities with copies of copper retirement notices and granted Verizon’s request
for clarification that a carrier provide a hyperlink to a searchable online
list of addresses or locations where copper is to be retired.
were filed on
applicability of the study area waiver granted to SIC in 2005, which
provided it ILEC status for purposes of receiving high-cost support. Comments
were also filed on the NAL for
Forfeiture that proposed a
fine of $49M on SIC, Waimana Enterprises, and its former controlling owner.
- The WCB seeks
comment on the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands’ request
for guidance on whether SIC’s license to provide telecommunications services to
the Hawaiian home lands conflicts with section 253(a). Comments are due
February 20; replies due February 27.
February 6, 2017 - REGScan
- The FCC will
consider six items at its February 23, 2017 Open Meeting, including: a
Report and Order on the Mobility Fund; a Report and Order and Order on
Reconsideration of the CAF Phase II Auction Order FNPRM; an Order granting a
five-year waiver of the enhanced transparency requirements to small BIAS
providers; and a Report and Order that would streamline and eliminate outdated
Part 32 accounting rules.
- The FCC announced
Chairman Pai has launched a pilot program designed to increase the
transparency of Commission rulemakings by publicly releasing the text of all
agenda items for monthly Commission meetings in advance of the meeting. Chairman
Pai and Commissioner
O’Rielly issued statements.
- Chairman Pai announced
the formation of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee to explore ways to
accelerate deployment of broadband and close the digital divide. (News)
are due February 15, 2017.
- Chairman Pai circulated
an Order appointing Commissioner O’Rielly to serve as the Chairman of the
joints boards on Universal Service, Separations, and Advanced Services.
Commissioner O’Rielly issued a
- The FCC asked the D.C. Circuit Court to hold in abeyance
the proceeding seeking
review of the Lifeline Reform Order because of recent
changes in the membership and leadership of the Commission. The FCC also retracted
report that examined the progress of E-rate modernization, and reconsidered prior Orders designating
certain carriers as Lifeline Broadband Providers. Commissioner
Clyburn issued a statement.
- NTCA filed a Petition
for Temporary Limited Waiver/Extension of Time
of the March 1, 2017 filing deadlines for RLECs electing either A-CAM support
or CAF BLS support to geocode and report on locations “newly served.”
- NECA addressed
methods for assigning broadband-only loop costs in existing Parts 36 and 69
- ACA, CCA, CTIA, ITTA, NCTA, NTCA, USTelecom,
WISPA, and WTA filed a Petition
asking the FCC to stay the broadband privacy rules while the FCC addresses
- The Congressional Budget Office issued a report
on Senate bill S. 96,
the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017, estimating it
will cost $4 million to implement over the 2017-2022. It said since the FCC is
authorized to collect fees sufficient to offset the costs of its regulatory
activities, however, the net cost is negligible.
- The FCC will hold
a webinar on robocalls on February 16.
- Comments are due
May 4, 2017, on the Public
Notice seeking comment on whether certain rules in Parts 32, 51, 52, 54,
61, 64, and 69 should be continued without change or be amended or rescinded.
Comments are due March 6, 2017, on
Notice seeking comment on whether certain docketed proceedings listed in
the attachment to the Public Notice should be terminated as dormant. Replies
due March 20