August 19, 2019 - REGScan
- The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public
notice and news
release announcing it authorized over $16.2 million in CAF
funding for three winning bidders over the next decade to expand broadband
to 8,088 unserved rural New York homes and businesses.
- Farmers Mutual filed a request
for an expedited waiver of the March 1, 2018 filing deadline for
certifying broadband locations in the High Cost Universal Broadband system
for A-CAM support received in 2019 for locations deployed in 2017.
- USTelecom discussed
preliminary findings from the Broadband Mapping Consortium Pilot Project
that it is leading along with ITTA and WISPA.
- HD Tandem asserted
the adoption of Prong 1, as currently proposed in the NPRM
on access arbitrage, would result in the creation of a new arbitrage
platform that is solely available to access originators. Bandwidth discussed
problems it experiences that it says are created by the current
intercarrier compensation rules, including access charge avoidance by
certain entities on interstate 8YY traffic.
- The FCC announced Chairman Pai circulated a
draft order that would approve, subject to conditions, the proposed merger
between T-Mobile and Sprint.
August 12, 2019- REGScan
- The FCC authorized
CAF Phase II support for 593 winning bids identified in attachment A of the
- NTCA filed comments
on a new
information collection regarding network performance testing,
asserting the time per response estimated in the notice appears to underestimate
the actual anticipated burden. ITTA, et al. discussed
the July 2018 order
on network performance testing, petitions for reconsideration and applications
for review of it, and responsive pleadings, and urged the FCC to afford
providers flexibility on the random selection of test subjects.
- NEIT and WITA discussed
for a declaratory ruling on the definition of locations under the A-CAM for
home-based businesses, and the WCB’s guidance
on A-CAM final deployment obligations.
- The FCC granted
a petition filed by Sunset Digital, a winning bidder in the CAF Phase II
auction, for a waiver of a Part 54 rule to allow it to make a major
modification to its long-form application. The FCC also granted
LTD Broadband’s petition for waiver of the deadline for filing audited
financial statements for the CAF Phase II auction.
- The FCC released the report
and order and second FNPRM on establishing a new digital opportunity
data collection, which was adopted at the August Open Meeting. Comments are due 30 days after publication in
the Federal Register; replies due 45 days after the FR publication.
- Sandhill Communications discussed
the broadband mapping initiative in the report
and order and second FNPRM, and said the crowdsourcing proposal may
impose additional burdens on rural operators. Public Knowledge also offered
suggestions on the FCC’s collection of broadband data.
- The FCC announced
the filing deadline for Form 477 data as of June 30, 2019, is September 3,
- The D.C. Circuit granted
in part petitions for review of the order
on small cell deployment, vacating the order’s removal of small cells from the
FCC’s limited approval authority.
- The report
and order on remand that granted price cap carriers relief from ex
ante pricing regulation of their lower speed TDM transport business data
services nationwide is
effective September 6, 2019.
- The FCC released the second
report and order that amended the Truth in Caller ID rules to
implement the anti-spoofing provisions of the RAY BAUM’S Act, which was adopted
at its August Open Meeting.
- RWA and
NTCA and WISPA
asked the FCC to seek comment on the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile in
light of new developments, including bringing Dish Network into the proposed
merger and recent
commitments in exchange for approving the merger.
- The FCC announced
AT&T filed a formal
complaint against LEC-MI and/or Prime Circuits, alleging they
improperly billed AT&T in end office access charges on aggregated 8YY
traffic that AT&T paid.
August 5, 2019 - REGScan
- The FCC adopted eight items at its August 1, 2019
Meeting, including: an NPRM
proposing to establish a new Rural Digital Opportunity Fund that would
target support to areas that lack 25/3 Mbps broadband service and
distribute $20.4 billion in high-cost USF support over 10 years using a
two-phase reverse auction; a report
and order and second FNPRM establishing a new Digital Opportunity Data Collection to
collect geospatial broadband coverage data from fixed providers, adopting a
crowdsourcing process on the accuracy of the maps, making targeted changes
to the existing Form 477 to reduce filing burdens, and seeking comment on
enhancing the new data collection; a report
and order overhauling the RHC Program; and a second
report and order amending the Truth in Caller ID rules to
implement the anti-spoofing provisions of the RAY BAUM’S Act. Some items
are not yet released.
- Tri-County and NTCA said TCT’s data shows staff and labor hours
beyond the estimated time per response for the network testing data
collection and reporting requirements.
- ITTA discussed
its comments filed on the public
notice on A-CAM II location adjustments, and said A-CAM support
recipients should have flexibility regarding when or if to raise location
discrepancy issues. TDS also discussed
A-CAM II location adjustments, and said further analysis is necessary to
decide on the appropriate remedy in the event of location shortfalls.
Reasnor Telephone supported
the proposals in the public
notice, but suggested added allowances of flexibility for
carriers to work with the FCC to ensure location data sources and
associated subsidies are correct.
- The FCC
issued an Order granting two requests in USTelecom’s Petition
for Forbearance from UNE
analog loop and avoided-cost resale obligations for price cap ILECs.
- The FCC seeks
comment on NTCA’s Petition
for a waiver of the updated minimum service speed standard applicable to
fixed wireline broadband internet access service eligible for support
under the Lifeline program. Comments are due August 29, 2019; replies are
due September 13, 2019.
were filed on CTIA, et al.’s Petition
asking the FCC to pause the December 1, 2019 implementation of an increase
in the Lifeline minimum required broadband data usage allowance and the
phase-down in Lifeline support for voice services. Replies are due August
15, 2019. Public