FCC May Let Carriers Offer Robocall Blocking

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Wired and wireless telecom service providers would have the opportunity to offer robocall blocking technology if a proposal made by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is adopted, said senior FCC officials today. Wheeler is circulating within the commission a draft of his proposal, which also includes...Learn More

FCC Low-Income Broadband Pilot Results Released

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If low-income people don’t subscribe to broadband is it because the cost of service is too high? Or is it related more to the cost of a wired or wireless device? Or do these people simply not understand broadband and its benefits – a situation...Learn More

GAO Report: FCC Broadband Performance Data Needs Rethinking

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The Federal Communications Commission should take additional steps to evaluate its efforts to provide consumers with broadband performance information, advises a new U.S. Government Accountability Office report. The recommended additional steps include conducting or commissioning research on the effectiveness of FCC efforts and making the...Learn More

Lawmakers Pressure FCC on Stand-Alone Broadband

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The pressure is on the FCC to modify Universal Service rules to allow small rural telcos to collect Universal Service funding for stand-alone broadband. More than 60 senators and 115 congressmen yesterday sent letters to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler calling on the commission to modernize...Learn More

Verizon, Sprint to Pay $158M to Settle Illegal Billing Investigations

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May 12, 2015 — Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau announced today that Verizon Wireless will pay $90  million and Sprint Corporation will pay $68 million to settle investigations that revealed the companies billed customers millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party premium...Learn More

FCC’s O’Rielly: Stand-Alone Broadband in the Works

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The FCC appears serious about changing the rules of the Universal Service/ Connect America Fund to allow rural carriers to collect funding to support lines that are used only to deliver broadband service, rather than requiring voice to also be part of the offering. Stand-alone...Learn More

Survey: Seniors Want to Keep Lifeline Phone Program

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Launched back in 1985, the federal Lifeline program provides qualified low-income consumers, including many retired people on fixed incomes, access to telecoms services from private-sector service providers at discounted rates. Part of the Universal Service Fund (USF), Lifeline discounts today can be used for wireless...Learn More

Wheeler at INTX: No Going Back on FCC Internet Interconnection Oversight

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In an address to cable industry stakeholders today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler defended Open Internet rules but did not mention broadband’s reclassification as a Title II telecommunications service. “Cable has important technical advantages, leading market position and very limited regulation,” said Wheeler. “It is an...Learn More

FCC Fines Carrier for Failing to Register, Avoiding USF Payments

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May 4, 2015 – Washington, DC – The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine Simple Network, Inc., a New Jersey prepaid calling card provider, $100,000 for allegedly providing interstate telecommunications services without registering with the FCC through the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).  Simple Network’s...Learn More

New Verizon Deals: Could Peering Disputes Be On the Way Out?

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Three months after the FCC threatened closer oversight of Internet interconnection agreements as part of its Open Internet order, Verizon has reached traffic exchange agreements with two companies that previously were the focus of high-profile interconnection disputes. On April 23, Verizon noted in a corporate...Learn More

Broadband Provider Associations Seek Stay of Title II Decision on Broadband

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Five associations representing broadband service providers in two separate filings on Friday asked the FCC to stay its decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II telecommunications service. One filing came from the American Cable Association and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. The other...Learn More

Verizon Rural Call Completion Hotline Launched in FCC Compliance Plan

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Rural telcos that have problems with calls not going through to their customers from Verizon customers now have a hot line to call at Verizon. In addition, Verizon plans to award $30,000 to $50,000 for an academic study on methods to determine and resolve rural...Learn More