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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 »

ALERT: South Carolina Orders Contributors to Refrain from Billing and Remitting USF for December 2017 >

November 16, 2017

Recently, the South Carolina Public Service Commission (“SCPSC”) provided notice to all contributors to the South Carolina Universal Service Fund (“SC USF”) related to the recommendation of the Office of Regulatory Staff (“ORS”) to suspend invoicing providers for SC USF payments during the month of December 2017.  In its notice, the SCPSC...Continue Reading »

ContextMedia Seeks TCPA Safe Harbor for Technical Errors that Cause Violations >

November 14, 2017

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November 2017 TCPA Compliance Monitoring Report

On October 20, ContextMedia, Inc. d/b/a Outcome Health (“Outcome”) petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) to clarify that it does not violate the Telephone Consumer protection Act (“TCPA”) if an...Continue Reading »

Starting December 1, 2017, Prepaid Wireless Provides Must Pay New York Public Safety Surcharge >

November 13, 2017

Starting December 1, 2017, companies selling prepaid wireless communications services in New York must collect and remit a state public safety surcharge on all retail sales.  In addition, New York law authorizes localities to impose a local surcharge on prepaid wireless services.   The New York State Tax Department recently issued guidance...Continue Reading »

IOT and Other RF Device Suppliers Take Note: The FCC’s New Authorization and Importation Rules are Now Effective >

November 2, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new rules for radiofrequency (RF) equipment authorization rules are, as of today, officially in effect.  As underscored in a previous article, the new rules modify:
  • Self-approval authorization techniques for non-transmitting RF devices.
  • RF Equipment Importation Rules.
  • Electronic labeling of RF...
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Number Portability Administration Center Transition Deadline October 31, 2017 for Telecommunication Service Providers >

October 27, 2017

If your company or organization uses the Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC), take note of several upcoming deadlines as part of the NPAC operation transition. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission selected Telcordia Technologies, Inc. d/b/a iconectiv (iconectiv) as the new Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA)....Continue Reading »

FCC Proceeding Includes 3.5 GHz Rule Overhaul That Could Devastate Smaller Carriers and Rural Areas That Need Broadband >

October 22, 2017

 As discussed in a previous article, in June 2017 T-Mobile USA, Inc. (“T-Mobile”) filed a petition for rulemaking with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) proposing changes to the rules governing the 3550-3700 MHz (“3.5 GHz”) spectrum band that would substantially raise the barrier to entry for businesses seeking to utilize the 3.5...Continue Reading »

Credit Unions Seek TCPA Exception for Calls to Customers' Wireless Numbers >

October 18, 2017

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October 2017 TCPA Compliance Monitoring Report

Last month, the Credit Union National Association (“CUNA”) asked the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) to create an Established Business Relationship (“EBR”) exception to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...Continue Reading »

FCC Considering New 911 Regulations for Enterprise Communications Providers >

September 29, 2017

This week, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) issued a wide ranging Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) seeking comment on the use of Enterprise Communications Systems (“ECS”) and the functionality of 911 calling from an ECS. The NOI is a first step in the Commission’s attempt to understand and potentially regulate how ECS...Continue Reading »

FCC Monitoring RF Equipment Sellers’ Websites; Recently Found Company in Violation and Threatens Severe Sanctions >

September 28, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has again made it clear that it will not tolerate companies that manufacture, market, or distribute radiofrequency (“RF”) equipment that is not compliant with its rules.  The FCC recently released a Citation and Order against an RF equipment dealer that advertised non-compliant audio/visual...Continue Reading »

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