November 11, 2019 - REGScan
- The FCC issued a memorandum opinion and order, declaratory ruling, and order of proposed modification (news release) approving, with conditions, the transfer of control applications filed by T-Mobile and Sprint.
- The Wireline Competition Bureau granted petitions filed by Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative and Consolidated Communications Networks seeking waiver of their obligations to provide service to a specific number of locations as part of the rural broadband experiments program.
- Commissioner Starks spoke at the Broadband Communities Conference to discuss internet inequality. He suggested the FCC conduct a data-driven 10-year look-back on how the High-Cost/CAF program has performed in bringing broadband to remote areas.
- USTelecom, AT&T, et al. offered suggestions on the rural digital opportunity fund.
- The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Inter-Community Telephone’s petition for waiver of certain Part 51 rules to implement the merger of affiliated rate-of-return study areas (ICTC and Absaraka Cooperative Telephone) in North Dakota. Comments are due November 19, 2019.
- The FCC granted Verizon’s formal complaint that alleged Wide Voice’s tariff contained tandem-switched transport rates that exceed those authorized by the FCC’s ICC and benchmark rules.
- The USDA announced it invested $4.2 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-connectivity for rural households and farms in Oklahoma. It also invested $23.7 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure in North Carolina. The funding is through the USDA’s ReConnect pilot program.
- The Wireline Competition Bureau announced the deadline for election to participate in Stage 2 mobile support for the Uniendo a Puerto Rico fund and the Connect USVI Fund is December 9, 2019.
- NTCA offered suggestions on the supply chain draft report and order, which will be considered at the November 22, 2019 Open Meeting.
November 4, 2019 - REGScan
- The FCC released the order on reconsideration on CAF testing procedures and performance measures, which was adopted at the October 25, 2019 Open Meeting. The order addressed several petitions for reconsideration and applications for review of the 2018 Performance Measures Order and provides flexibility for smaller carriers by making targeted modifications to the testing procedures.
- The FCC issued a tentative agenda for its November 19, 2019 Open Meeting. The FCC will consider seven items, including: a report and order, FNPRM, and order that would 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; and an NPRM on updating its unbundling and resale rules.
- West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative, et al. expressed support for Pineland’s petition for reconsideration of the December 2018 report and order on A-CAM II support.
- The Wireline Bureau issued an order granting petitions filed by Sunflower Enterprises and Lakeland Communications for waivers of certain Part 51 rules to allow them to merge existing study areas.
- The Wireline Bureau seeks comment on a petition for waiver filed by Farmers Mutual Telephone Company of Stanton, Iowa, of certain Part 51 rules to modify access rate bands and charges and 2011 base period revenue requirements. Comments are due November 12, 2019; replies are due November 22, 2019.
- USAC filed the Federal Universal Service Support Mechanisms Fund Size Projections for the first quarter of 2020.
- The USDA announced it invested $3.8 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-connectivity for more than 1,250 rural households in Virginia.
- Craigville Telephone and Consolidated Telephone filed a complaint against T-Mobile and Inteliquent in Illinois district court, alleging, among other things, T-Mobile’s provision of false ring tones resulted in lost opportunities to seek intercarrier compensation and lost profits and revenue.
- Final briefs were filed with the D.C. Circuit Court in the case addressing the Irregulators, et al.’s petition for review of the FCC’s order extending the separations freeze. Briefs include: the Irregulators, et al. final reply brief; Irregulators et al. final initial brief; FCC final brief; and NECA and NTCA final amicus brief.