document
Publications
Home >> Publications >> RegScan
  • RegScan banner image

    Subscribe | Unsubscribe | Archives


    June

    June 18, 2018 - REGScan 

    • The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing on June 20, 2018, to consider the nomination of Geoffrey Starks to be an FCC Commissioner.  
    • The Order establishing USF funds for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to rebuild, improve, and expand voice and broadband networks is effective June 13, 2018. Comments on the accompanying NPRM on how best to structure the second stage of these funds are due July 5, 2018. Replies are due July 18, 2018.  
    • The FCC announced an upcoming June 26, 2018 webinar for Tribal governments on the process for challenging the identification of areas initially deemed ineligible for Mobility Fund II funding.  
    • NTCA filed a Petition for Reconsideration of the 2018 Rural Call Completion Order, requesting the Commission reconsider its decision not to require covered providers to file their documented rural call completion monitoring procedures with the Commission. USTelecom filed a Petition for Stay of the RCC Order’s covered provider monitoring requirements during the pendency of the RCC NPRM.  
    • The FCC announced the Restoring Internet Freedom Order went into effect on June 11, 2018.  
    • The FCC Office of Managing Director announced the proposed universal service contribution factor for the third quarter of 2018 will be 17.9 percent, down from the current 18.4 percent.  
    • Chairman Pai announced that Commissioners Carr and O’Rielly have voted in favor of his proposal to increase funding for the USF Rural Health Care Program by $171 million a year.

    • The FCC placed an item on circulation entitled Jurisdictional Separations and Referral to the Federal-State Joint Board

    June 11, 2018 - REGSCan

    • The FCC adopted eight items at its June 7, 2018 Open Meeting, including: an Order granting forbearance from applying USF contribution requirements to rural carriers’ broadband internet access transmission services, effective July 3, 2018; a Second Report and Order revising section 214(a) service discontinuance, network change disclosure, and the Part 68 customer notification processes; an FNPRM proposing to transition interstate and intrastate originating 8YY end office and tandem switching and transport charges to bill-and-keep and capping and limiting 8YY database query rates; a Declaratory Ruling and NPRM that will clarify the FCC’s rules regarding the authorization required to text-enable a toll free number and proposing further safeguards to promote the use of toll free numbers; and a Report and Order to protect consumers from slamming and cramming. Some of the items are not yet released.  
    • The FCC released an NPRM proposing measures to eliminate access arbitrage. Comments are due 21 days after the NPRM is published in the Federal Register; replies due 35 days after FR publication.  
    • Commissioner Clyburn issued a closing statement on her last day as FCC Commissioner.  
    • The Wireline Competition Bureau granted, on its own motion, a waiver of the filing deadline, until July 16, 2018, for the annual ETC reporting requirements under section 54.313(j). Carriers must continue to report their local service rates pursuant to section 54.313(h) on July 2, 2018.  
    • The Wireline Competition Bureau concluded the limited CAF Phase I challenge process regarding 185 previously unidentified census blocks served by FairPoint. The Bureau said it received no challenges.  
    • The FCC seeks PRA comments on a new information collection on Form 683 to collect information from the winning bidders to determine the recipients of CAF Phase II auction support. PRA comments are due July 9, 2018.  
    • The FCC released a list of the handsets designated by each mobile wireless provider in the Mobility Fund Phase II challenge process for challengers to use when conducting speed tests in areas deemed presumptively ineligible for MF-II support.  


    June 4, 2018 - RESCan 

    • The FCC issued the agenda for its June 7, 2018 Open Meeting. The FCC will consider 11 items, including: an Order granting forbearance from applying USF contribution requirements to rural carriers’ broadband internet access transmission services; a Second Report and Order that will revise section 214(a) service discontinuance processes, network change disclosure processes, and the Part 68 customer notification process; an NPRM proposing reforms to eliminate access arbitrage in the intercarrier compensation regime; and an FNPRM proposing to transition interstate and intrastate originating 8YY end office and tandem switching and transport charges to bill-and-keep and capping and limiting 8YY database query rates.  
    • Chairman Pai released a statement on the announcement that President Trump intends to nominate Geoffrey Starks to serve as an FCC Commissioner.  
    • The FCC issued an Order and NPRM establishing the funds for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to rebuild, improve and expand voice and broadband networks. Comments are due 21 days after publication in the Federal Register; replies due 35 days after FR publication. (News release)  
    • NTCA discussed the two draftNPRMs on intercarrier compensation arbitrage, and urged the FCC to retain focus on arbitrage issues and to avoid broader sweeping debates. NTCA also urged the FCC to act on its forbearance Petition on USF contributions and the NPRM on the local service rate floor.  
    • The FCC extended the due date to file comments and reply comments until August 6, 2018, and September 5, 2018, respectively, on USTelecom’s Petition for Forbearance from certain regulatory obligations imposed on ILECs. The Bureau also issued a Protective Order.  
    • NTIA seeks comments on ways to improve identifying gaps in broadband availability. Comments are due July 16, 2018.  
    • ITTA suggested the Senate Agriculture Committee not allow RUS loan or grant monies to be used to overbuild networks already supported by the federal USF. ITTA, USTelecom, ACA, and NCTA also asked the Senate to focus funding on areas where either all, or at least 90 percent, do not have broadband service.