Federal Scene

December updates

12.30.19 - President Trump signed the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act into law. The bill requires carriers to offer call-authentication technology to everyone at no additional charge and 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, among other things.

12.19.19 - The Senate passed S. 1822, the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Available Act on December 19, 2019. The bill will require creation of a new national broadband map and among other things, requires the Commission to collect granular service availability data from wired, fixed wireless and satellite broadband providers. | press release

12.16.19 - The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4229, the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act, which requires the FCC to change the way broadband data is collected, verified and reported. The House also passed H.R. 4227, the Mapping Accuracy Promotes Services Act, which prohibits the submission to the FCC of broadband internet access service coverage information or data for the purposes of compiling an inaccurate broadband coverage map. | press release

12.05.19 - The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held an FCC oversight hearing with Chairman Pai and Commissioners Carr, O’Rielly, Rosenworcel and Starks appearing as witnesses. | press release

News clips

12.31.19Trump signs law to cut down on robocalls (The Hill)
12.19.19Robocall deal sails through Senate to Trump's desk (Politico)
12.16.19New study finds surge in robocalls as Congress weighs legislation (The Hill)
12.16.19Second top White House telecom adviser resigns in less than a year (The Hill)
12.04.19House passes anti-robocall bill (The Hill)