August 2020, Volume 214 Serving the Industry for over 62 Years
FCC Bars USF Money for ZTE and Huawei Tech
The Federal Communications Commission has officially branded ZTE and Huawei Technologies
threats to national security, banning carriers from using Universal Service Fund money to buy the vendors' equipment.
Democrats who approved the action said the government needs to help telecoms replace their current gear.
Full Story [Source: USTelecom
FCC to Allow Calls From "bad actors" to be Blocked
New Federal Communications Commission rules could let telecoms completely block service from
providers that carry illegal robocalls, without being liable for preventing wanted calls from going through. The FCC would
give "bad actors" two days to "implement effective measures to prevent customers from using its network to originate
illegal calls" before allowing other services to block their traffic.
Full Story [Source: USTelecom
National Lifeline Association Urges Extension of Lifeline Waivers
The National Lifeline Association
spoke with advisors to Commissioners Starks,
O’Rielly and Rosenworcel on July 27 and 28, 2020, to urge the Commission to: extend the Lifeline COVID-19 involuntary
de-enrollment waivers through at least the end of the year; extend the current waiver; leave the mobile broadband minimum
at three gb until the Commission can properly assess and act on pending reconsideration petitions; and issue the State of
the Lifeline Marketplace Report. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 07/31/2020]
FCC Releases Broadband Mapping Order, FNPRM
The FCC released the
second report and order and third FNPRM on
broadband mapping on July 17, 2020, which was adopted at its July 16, 2020 Open Meeting. The order adopted specific
reporting and disclosure requirements for fixed and mobile broadband availability and quality of service data, and required
fixed and mobile wireless providers to submit standardized propagation maps, propagation model details and infrastructure
information, among other things. The FNPRM seeks comment on: additional processes for verifying broadband availability and
providing technical assistance to service providers; a process to allow consumers and other parties to challenge the
accuracy of the maps; implementing the fabric of broadband-serviceable locations; and implementing other requirements of
the Broadband DATA Act and proposed targeted reforms to Form 477. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 07/20/2020]
FCC Initiates 2021 Urban Rate Survey
The Office of Economics and Analytics and Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public notice
on July 23, 2020, initiating the urban rate survey for 2021. The information collected will be used to develop voice and
broadband reasonable comparability benchmarks that will be in place in 2021. Notifications to providers required to
complete a survey will be sent via email on July 23, 2020. The notification will provide information on how to access and
complete the online survey report form and obtain technical assistance. Completed surveys are due August 28, 2020. [Source:
NECA Washington Watch, 07/24/2020]
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