July 15, 2019 - REGScan
- The FCC adopted
eight items at its July 10, 2019 Open
Meeting, including: a
report and order on remand
granting price cap carriers relief from ex ante pricing regulation of
their lower speed TDM transport business data services nationwide and
partially granting USTelecom’s request for forbearance from DS1 and DS3
transport unbundling obligations for price cap carriers; an NPRM proposing a connected care pilot; and an NPRM
and declaratory ruling promoting
facilities-based broadband deployment and competition in multiple tenant
- The FCC issued
agenda for its August 1,
2019 Open Meeting. The FCC will consider nine items, including: an NPRM proposing to establish a new Rural Digital
Opportunity Fund that would distribute $20.4 billion in high-cost USF
support over 10 years using a two-phase reverse auction framework; a report
and order and second FNPRM
that would establish a new Digital Opportunity Data Collection to collect
geospatial broadband coverage data from fixed providers, adopt a
“crowdsourcing” process on the accuracy of the maps, and make targeted
changes to the existing Form 477 to reduce filing burdens; and a report
and order that would
overhaul the Rural Health Care Program by streamlining and simplifying the
way health care providers apply for and calculate USF support amounts.
- The Wireline
Competition Bureau issued a Public
Notice on July 12, 2019,
to provide guidance regarding calculation of final deployment obligations
for A-CAM I and A-CAM II and the application of the support recovery rules
in the event that a carrier does not meet its final deployment
- The Wireline
Competition Bureau opened
WC Docket No. 19-195, Digital Opportunity Data Collection.
- NTCA filed a letter on measures to address the potential for
increasing standalone broadband conversions to reintroduce the effects of
the USF budget control mechanism.
NortheastTel, et al. discussed performance testing requirements for rural LECs,
and said there remain a number of issues and questions regarding the
design and implementation of the ultimate performance testing regime for
- The FCC held a summit on implementation of the SHAKEN/STIR
caller ID authentication framework. Chairman Pai issued a statement on the summit. Pai also proposed adoption of new rules banning malicious caller ID
spoofing of text messages and international calls, which will be voted on
at the August Open Meeting. Carriers
responded to letters from Commissioner Starks on robocalls.
- Fourteen Members of
Congress sent a letter to the FCC Commissioners urging them not to
establish an overall cap for the Universal Service Fund or combine the cap
of any of the USF programs.
- NECA and NTCA filed
a motion with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to file an
amicus brief in support of the FCC in the case appealing
the FCC’s Order that extended the separations freeze..
July 8, 2019 - REGScan
- The FCC released the agenda
for its July 10, 2019 Open Meeting. The FCC will consider eight items,
Report and Order on Remand that would grant price cap carriers
relief from ex ante pricing regulation of their lower speed TDM transport
BDS nationwide and would partially grant USTelecom’s request for
forbearance from DS1 and DS3 transport unbundling obligations for price
cap carriers; an
NPRM that would propose a connected care pilot; and an
NPRM and Declaratory Ruling to promote facilities-based
broadband deployment and competition in multiple tenant environments.
- The FCC placed an Order on circulation
entitled “Petition of USTelecom for Forbearance Pursuant to 47 U.S.C.
160(c) to Accelerate Investment in Broadband and Next-Generation
Networks.” The Wireline Competition Bureau granted
to withdraw all pending requests for forbearance identified in Appendix A
of its Petition, with the exception of unbundling obligations for DS1 and DS3
transport and analog voice-grade cooper loops and avoided cost resale.
- Comments are
due July 19, 2019, on approaches to identifying and resolving
apparent discrepancies between the number of model-determined funded
locations that A-CAM I and II support recipients are expected to serve and
the actual number of locations that support recipients can serve. Public
- The FCC extended
comment and reply dates on the NPRM
proposing to establish an $11.42 billion cap on the USF. Comments are now
due July 29, 2019; replies due August 26, 2019.
- PRA comments are
due August 1, 2019, on a revision of a currently approved
information collection associated with reforms to the USF support
mechanisms that were adopted in the March
2016 and December
2018 RoR USF Reform Orders.
- NTCA and Panhandle Telephone Cooperative discussed
the need for greater granularity in the reporting of broadband
availability and a validation and challenge process.
- WTA, et al. discussed
A-CAM II location issues and build-out requirements, performance testing
requirements for rural telecommunications companies, broadband mapping,
and the proposed overall USF cap.
were filed on
a petition for rulemaking filed by
Central Texas Telephone, et al. urging the FCC to consider adopting rules that
prohibit the use of USF funds for special construction of fiber networks that
overbuild existing fiber networks. Replies due July 16, 2019. PN
July 1, 2019 - REGScan
West Telecommunications and NTCA discussed concerns over potential FCC action to impose a
new overall cap on the USF programs, stating such action could undermine
the predictability finally restored by the December 2018 RoR USF Reform
Order and hinder the progress in broadband investments spurred by
Cambridge Telephone, et al. discussed performance testing requirements for RLECs and
A-CAM II location issues and build-out requirements. They said there
remain a number of questions regarding the design and implementation of
the performance testing regime for rural LECs.
- Miller Telephone and JSI
the negative ramifications to Miller’s future USF support of
a fixed wireless provider that has overstated and misrepresented its
broadband availability on its Form 477.
- Vantage Point Solutions asked
the FCC to clarify A-CAM II qualifying location criteria, either through a
USAC directive or FCC order, before the ACAM II election deadline on July
- The House Small Business Subcommittee on
Contracting and Infrastructure held
a hearing on broadband mapping.
hosted a workshop on how to address the national security threats posed by insecure
equipment within the communications network.
FTC and its law enforcement partners announced a major crackdown on
illegal robocalls on June 25, 2019, called “Operation Call it Quits,” including
94 actions targeting operations around the country