The Federal Scene
10.21.19 - The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the Minnesota PUC’s appeal of an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision affirming a District Court of Minnesota’s ruling that Charter’s VoIP service
is an information service under the Telecommunications Act and that state regulation of Charter’s VoIP services was preempted.
10.15.19 - The State Members of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service sent a recommended decision to the FCC Commissioners, on revising the contribution mechanism for federal universal service programs. The State Members recommended the FCC expand the contribution base to include broadband internet access service and adopt a connections-based assessment on residential services and an expanded revenues-based assessment on business services
10.07.19 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture
announced it is
investing $152 million in 20 projects to provide or improve rural broadband service in 14 states. The USDA is making the
investments through the
Community Connect Grant Program, the
Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program and the
Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program.
10.01.19 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an opinion granting in part and denying in part petitions for review of the 2018 Restoring Internet Freedom order. The court upheld the order with two exceptions.
|10.02.19||Where the net neutrality fight goes next (Axios)|
|10.01.19||Appeals court upholds net neutrality repeal but rules FCC can't block state laws(The Hill)|