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Starks, Rosenworcel Getting EEO Proceeding, Criticize FCC Media Update

The FCC’s media modernization effort should be scrutinized for ignoring “foundational statutory obligations” and bypassing policies “truly in need of modernization,” said new Commissioner Geoffrey Starks in an extended statement at Thursday’s commissioners’ meeting. Starks and Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel … Subscribe to Read >>

O'Rielly, Rosenworcel Say Best Approach for 5.9 GHz Band Is a Broad NPRM

A waiver proposed by the 5G Automotive Association to use part of the 5.9 GHz band for cellular vehicle-to-everything technology in the upper 20 MHz of the band may not have the votes needed to move forward. FCC Commissioners … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Proposes to Fight Spoofing; Rosenworcel Wants Robocalls Enforcement Division

Commissioners voted 5-0 Thursday to launch a rulemaking on curbing spoofed robocalls, implementing as expected (see 1902120050) part of Ray Baum's Act. Chairman Ajit Pai led with the item during a news conference. Commissioner Mike O’Rielly raised … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Adopts CAF I Legacy Shift to CAF II Auction Funding; Telco Voice Bid Denied

Commissioners approved 5-0 a Connect America Fund order to transition from legacy, Phase I price-cap incumbent telco support to CAF II support won at auction last year. As some expected (see 1902130054), the FCC stuck to a draft … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Faces Different NANC Routes on Any Suicide Hotline, No Recommendation

The FCC North American Numbering Council is leaning toward handing the agency a list of what it doesn't recommend regarding feasibility of designating a three-digit dialing code for a suicide prevention and mental health hotline, including opposing repurposing any … Subscribe to Read >>

O'Rielly Notes FTC's 'Challenging Opportunity' Amid Broad Purview

Amid the FTC's "huge portfolio that’s much different" from his agency's, FCC Commissioner Mike O'Rielly said, are "a bunch of things that are unrelated. It makes it a very challenging opportunity for them." He was answering a question about … Subscribe to Read >>

Amazon's Queens HQ2 Pullout Spawns Cheers, Jeers Among Opinionated New Yorkers

Amazon scuttled plans to establish a second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, Thursday after saying last week (see 1902080046) it was focused on “engaging with our new neighbors.” The company doesn’t plan to reopen its HQ2 search … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

Progress Seen at NARUC as Lifeline Resolution Clears Committee, FCC Joint Boards Meet

NARUC's Telecom Committee unanimously cleared an amended Lifeline resolution urging the FCC and Universal Service Administrative Co. ensure the national verifier accesses state databases required to automatically check users are eligible. USAC is responding to concerns and committed to making the NV work, South Dakota Commissioner Chris Nelson told us after the vote. Read More >>

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