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Resistance to 911 Fee Diversion Regroups in 2 States, as FCC Ups Pressure

Movements to end 911 fee diversion in New Jersey and Rhode Island continue as FCC commissioners amplify rhetoric on the issue and after another commission report showed several states still using 911 fees charged on phone bills for things … Subscribe to Read >>

NTIA Sees Relocation of 1.3 GHz Band as Key Spectrum Focus

NTIA is making reallocation of the 1.3 GHz band one of its top spectrum focuses under new Administrator David Redl, said industry and former NTIA officials. Language in the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum … Subscribe to Read >>

O'Rielly Says Separations Joint Board 'Unlikely' to Agree on Plan, Seeks Prolonged Freeze

A federal-state joint board on separations probably won't agree on recommendations for overhauling the system of allocating incumbent telco costs between the federal and state jurisdictions, said FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, the board chairman. He proposed a 15-year … Subscribe to Read >>

On Social Media, Microsoft Researcher Suggests Advertiser Profiles

Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter should require advertisers to establish public-facing profiles with information about all their ads, a Microsoft researcher said Friday, arguing this could help eliminate toxic, viral political commercials. Speaking at a Georgetown Law … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

Trump Infrastructure Proposal Includes Permit Process Streamlining

Principles for President Donald Trump's infrastructure legislative proposal expected to be released Monday will include a promised focus on streamlining the federal environmental permitting process down to a maximum of two years for a wide range of projects that could include broadband, plus state block grants and federal matching funds, administration officials told reporters this weekend. The communications sector has been lobbying for an anticipated broadband title in the infrastructure package.Read More >>

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FCC Consumer Advisory Committee meets, 9 a.m., Commission Meeting Room — see here
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National Association of Attorneys General Winter Meeting, including panel on net neutrality, with events at Washington Marriott Georgetown, Metropolitan Ballroom, and at Ritz-Carlton, West End, Ballroom — see here
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