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May 14, 2018 - REGSCan

  • The Restoring Internet Freedom Order and amendments to the transparency rules are effective June 11, 2018.  
  • The Wireline Competition Bureau announced the availability of illustrative model results and summary reports based on that model to aid parties that are preparing comments in response to the 2018 Rate-of-Return USF Reform NPRM.  
  • The FCC approved, subject to an OpEx cap condition, Hargray Communications and W. Mansfield Jennings’ application for the transfer of control of ComSouth from Mansfield to Hargray.  
  • Chairman Pai sent a letter to Reps. Ben Ray Luján (D- N.M.), Frank Pallone (D- N.J.), and Greg Walden (R-Ore.) in response to their letter on the impact of the FCC's 2016 OpEx limitations on closing the digital divide on Tribal land.  
  • Hamilton County Telephone filed a Petition for Reconsideration of the March 23, 2018 RoR USF Reform Order, seeking an increase in the amount of additional A-CAM support.  
  • CoBank discussed the need to reform the USF contributions methodology to reflect the broadband consumers who are benefiting from the network that is supported by USF.  

  • Reps. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) asked the FCC to provide information about how FCC broadband deployment data is being used.  
  • The FCC released the following items from its May 10, 2018 Open Meeting: an NPRM on the use of 2.5 GHz spectrum; an NPRM proposing to streamline the rules relating to interference caused by FM translators and expedite the translator complaint resolution process; an NPRM on streamlining or eliminating certain rules that require the physical posting of broadcast licenses in specific locations; and an Order that fined Adrian Abramovich $120 million for malicious call spoofing.  

May 7, 2018 - REGSCan

  • The FCC issued the agenda for its May 10, 2018 Open Meeting. The FCC will consider: an NPRM on the use of 2.5 GHz spectrum; an NPRM proposing to streamline rules on interference caused by FM translators and expedite the translator complaint resolution process; an NPRM on streamlining or eliminating rules that require the physical posting of broadcast licenses in specific locations; an enforcement action; and a Hearing Designation Order.  
  • The Wireline Competition Bureau announced 217 revised offers of A-CAM support.  
  • The Order that increases the amount of operating costs carriers that predominantly serve Tribal lands can recover from the USF for the period beginning January 1, 2017, is effective May 31, 2018.  
  • Chairman Pai issued a statement following USAC’s announcement that the high-cost USF budget control mechanism will cut USF support for small, rural carriers by 15.52 percent over the next year.  
  • Grand River Mutual Telephone filed a Petition for Reconsideration of the March 23, 2018 RoR USF Reform Order that provided additional support to fund model-based broadband deployment. GRM requested increasing the amount of additional A-CAM support to provide funding for the locations that were precluded from receiving support due to an inadvertent clerical error.  
  • The FCC issued an Order on Reconsideration on the procedures to be used in the Mobility Fund Phase II challenge process. The Order increases the maximum distance between speed test measurements to 800 meters and the associated buffer radius to 400 meters.  
  • The FCC issued an Order granting the Kansas Farm Bureau’s Petition for Waiver so it can participate as a challenger in the Mobility Fund Phase II challenge process.  
  • USTelecom filed a Petition seeking forbearance from certain ILEC regulatory obligations.  
  • Comments are due June 1, 2018, on the NPRM proposing ways to ensure that USF support is not used to purchase equipment or services from companies posing a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks or the communications supply chain. Replies due July 2, 2018.