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January 20, 2020 - REGScan

  • The Wireline Competition Bureau announced those carriers receiving CAF BLS that did not have HUBB portal reporting obligations prior to the 2018 RoR reform order will have until March 1, 2021, to submit geo-located broadband deployment information in the HUBB for all locations to which broadband service of 25/3 Mbps or greater was deployed between May 25, 2016, and December 31, 2018. Information for locations deployed in 2019 is due by March 2, 2020.
  • The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks to assess parties’ continuing interests in petitions for reconsideration of various aspects of the intercarrier compensation provisions of the USF/ICC Transformation Order. Responses are due 45 days after publication of this public notice in the Federal Register.
  • The Wireline Competition Bureau granted Frontier’s petition for waiver of the rules requiring carriers accepting CAF Phase II model-based support to complete deployment to 80% of supported locations by December 31, 2019.
  • NTCA, USTelecom, et al. suggested the FCC reduce the burdens of the RDOF letter of credit requirements. CenturyLink, Consolidated, et al. also expressed concerns.
  • The FCC said about six million rural homes and businesses could be eligible for bidding in the RDOF auction. The FCC news release provided a state-by-state list for Phase I funding.
  • WTA, Cambridge Telephone, et al. discussed performance testing issues.
  • The FCC announced petitions for reconsideration of the Digital Opportunity Data Collection order have been filed by Microsoft and INCOMPAS. The pleading cycle has not been set.
  • NTCA offered suggestions on how the FCC can address IP interconnection issues and facilitate full industry participation in the SHAKEN/STIR caller ID spoofing mitigation framework.

January 13, 2020 - REGScan

  • The FCC issued a tentative agenda for its January 30, 2020 Open Meeting. It will consider five items, including a report and order that would adopt a two-phase reverse auction framework for the rural digital opportunity fund, committing $20.4 billion in high-cost universal service support to bring high-speed broadband service to unserved Americans.
  • The order establishing an eligible locations adjustment process consistent with the parameters set forth in the CAF Phase II auction reconsideration order and prior FCC guidance for making adjustments to defined deployment obligations is effective February 12, 2020.
  • The Wireline Competition Bureau announced it is ready to authorize CAF Phase II support for Mid-Hudson Data Corp. in conjunction with the New NY Broadband Program.
  • NTCA said the FCC should reject USTelecom’s proposals for a new 50/5 tier and reduce the 100 Mbps tier from what was proposed in the RDOF notice and applied in the CAF auction. USTelecom filed a paper it claims shows the inefficiencies high-latency bidders bring to the RDOF auction.
  • The FCC announced the release of updated data on fixed broadband deployment and mobile voice and broadband deployment as of December 30, 2018, based on Form 477 data.
  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), et al. sent a letter to Chairman Pai to urge the Commission to focus efforts on providing reliable broadband to rural communities before expanding 5G coverage.
  • Free Conferencing filed a petition seeking a waiver of the 45-day implementation date of the access arbitrage order.
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit announced the allotted time for the January 17, 2020 oral argument in the proceeding seeking review of the Commission’s separations freeze order . Petitioners and respondents will each have 15 minutes to argue.

January 6, 2020 - REGScan

  • President Trump signed the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act into law. The bill, among other things, gives the FCC the ability to step up enforcement actions against unlawful robocalls with a longer statute of limitations and increased fines in certain cases.
  • USTelecom responded to certain proposals on increasing the spread of weights between tiers for the rural digital opportunity fund auction. USTelecom asserted these proposals risk leaving the bulk of RDOF-eligible locations without broadband.
  • Comments are due February 5, 2020, on the NPRM on updating its unbundling and resale rules to reflect the marketplace realities of intermodal voice and broadband competition. Reply comments are due March 6, 2020.