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Altice Appeals USAC's Retroactive Application of Higher Evidentiary Standard to FCC's 10% Rule >

February 7, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) released an Order last year that elevates the audit risk to private line service providers labeling revenues as “intrastate.”
 
According to the Order, private line service providers may no longer rely on any “presumption” that services are intrastate.  Instead,...Continue Reading »

Reminder: Annual CPNI Privacy Certifications Due March 1st >

February 7, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau issued a reminder today that carriers and interconnected VoIP service providers are required to submit their annual Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) privacy certifications by March 1st.
 
CPNI rules have been in effect since 2007, but were briefly slated to...Continue Reading »

IoT & Equipment Manufacturers Doing Business in Europe Will Face New Privacy Regulations this Spring >

January 22, 2018


Internet of Things (IoT) companies and equipment manufacturers provide cutting edge products and services powered in no small part by Big Data.  To protect their access to and use of valuable data, companies that handle data on European residents must take steps to comply with new privacy and data security regulations that come into force this...Continue Reading »

Internet of Things Compliance: The CommLaw Group Publishes Revised 2018 Global Guide to Radiofrequency Equipment Regulation >

January 17, 2018

New in 2018, The CommLaw Group has revised and updated its guide to compliance with equipment authorization laws around the world.
 
Now available for download, the Global Guide to Radio-Frequency (RF) Equipment Regulation covers rules in 13 major countries and jurisdictions, including the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, South Korea,...Continue Reading »

Transparency is FCC's Remaining Method of Enforcing Net Neutrality >

January 16, 2018

When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted last month to dismantle the Obama-era net neutrality regulatory framework, the agency nevertheless recommitted to enforcing its existing transparency rule, albeit a modified version.  First imposed in 2010, the transparency rule requires fixed and mobile internet service providers (ISPs) to...Continue Reading »

FCC Considering Rules to Govern 911 Access in the Multi-User Enterprise Environment >

January 4, 2018

As we noted in September, the Federal Communications Commission proposed new regulations to govern accessibility to the 911 system through Enterprise Communications Systems (ECS), typically associated with communications services offered to enterprise, multi-user business environments. The first step in this process was a Notice of Inquiry...Continue Reading »

FCC USF Fee Factor Rises to 19.5% for Q1 2018 >

December 14, 2017

The FCC Managing Director issued a Public Notice on December 14, 2017, announcing the proposed universal service contribution factor for the first quarter of 2018 will be 19.5 percent, up from the current 18.8 percent.
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Chicago Increases 911 Surcharge to $5.00 effective January 1, 2018 >

December 13, 2017

The City of Chicago approved a $1.10 per network connection rate increase for the landline and wireless 911 surcharge pursuant to the State authorization passed earlier this year. 
 
Effective January 1, 2018, the surcharge rate will be $5.00 per network connection per month. As a result of this increase, Chicago’s nearly 20 year old 911 system...Continue Reading »

ATTENTION VOIP PROVICERS: Oregon Imposes New Surcharge on I-VoIP Providers Starting January 1 >

December 7, 2017


Starting January 1, 2018, Interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (I-VoIP) providers serving customers in Oregon must begin collecting and remitting Oregon’s Residential Service Protection Fund (RSPF) surcharges. Legislation specifically requiring I-VoIP providers to contribute to the fund passed earlier this year and takes effect on...Continue Reading »

Comment Period Opens for FCC’s 3.5 GHz Rule Overhaul: Don’t Let Them Take Away YOUR Spectrum! >

November 28, 2017

Today’s Federal Register publication of a summary of the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”), proposing substantial changes to the existing rules governing the 3550-3700 MHz (“3.5 GHz”) spectrum band kicks off the public comment period in this proceeding.  Because the FCC’s suggested rule changes...Continue Reading »

FCC Continues RF Equipment Crackdown: Fines Lighting Company $25,000 for Marketing Ballasts without FCC Logo >

November 26, 2017

A lighting supply company is the latest target of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) crackdown on marketing non-compliant radiofrequency (RF) equipment.  On November 21, 2017 the FCC released a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), proposing a penalty of $25,000 on a company that marketed fluorescent lighting ballasts...Continue Reading »

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