Today's Regulatory Mix: Minnesota Delays 911 Plan Annual Updates but Continues Other 911 Related Obligations, Montana Enacts Two-Year Statute of Limitations for Overbilling, Rural Broadband Financing Flexibility Act Reintroduced
Minnesota Delays 911 Plan Annual Updates but Continues Other 911 Related Obligations
Due to an ongoing 911 project to establish statewide points of interconnection for 9-1-1 call delivery, the Minnesota Department of Public Service Emergency Communications Network (ECN) has paused the submission of 9-1-1 CLEC Plans.
Montana Statute of Limitation for Overbilling,
Minnesota 911 Annual Updates,
Rural Broadband Financing Flexibility Act
Today's Regulatory Mix: Michigan Governor Vetoes Internet Tax Exemption Bill, Washington State’s Office of Cybersecurity
Michigan Governor Vetoes Internet Tax Exemption Bill
For the second time in two months, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a bill proposing tax exemptions for broadband internet equipment for qualified business.
Michigan Broadband Internet,
Today's Regulatory Mix: California Governor's Budget Plan Includes $7 Billion for Broadband, Oklahoma USF Extends Temporary Emergency Bandwidth Increases
California Governor's Budget Plan Includes $7 Billion for Broadband
California Governor Gavin Newsom presented his plan for the state's surplus and federal recovery funds, which includes committing $7 Billion over three years to build out broadband infrastructure. According to the budget proposal, 51.3 percent of rural households lack networks offering service at 100 Mbps, while almost half of urban areas lack access at this speed.
Today's Regulatory Mix: Arizona Governor Signs New Broadband Legislation, Montana Passes Broadband Legislation, Vermont Proposes 10-Year Telecommunications Plan
Arizona Governor Signs New Broadband Legislation
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has signed legislation to expand broadband access. House Bill 2596 allows the installation, operation, and maintenance of telecommunications equipment within the Arizona Department of Transportation's (ADOT) rights-of-way by private broadband providers.
Vermont Telecommunications Plan,
Today's Regulatory Mix: Alabama Governor Awards nearly $17 Million for Broadband Services, Arkansas Adopts New ICS Rate Caps, Colorado Bill Implementing a 988 Surcharge Passes State Senate
Alabama Governor Awards Nearly $17 Million for Broadband Services
Alabama Governor, Kay Ivey, has awarded 36 grants totaling almost $17 million to multiple broadband providers across the state from the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund.
Arkansas ICS Rate Caps,
Colorado 988 Surcharge Legislation
Today's Regulatory Mix: Emergency Broadband Benefits Program Underway, Federal Legislation Would Clarify FCC's Ability to Regulate Inmate Calling Rates, NANPA Begins 488 NPA Code assignments in Florida 850 NPA
Emergency Broadband Benefits Program Underway
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, the $3.2 billion federal initiative designed to lower the cost of high-speed internet for eligible households during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, launched today.
US Senate Inmate Calling Rate Legislation,
Florida 850 NPA
Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Issues Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Reminder, Texas House Bill Would Raise Wireless Monthly Surcharge
FCC Issues Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Reminder
Providers participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) can begin enrolling customers as of May 12, 2021. In advance of this date, the FCC issued an advisory reminding providers about EBB Program rules,
FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program,
Texas Wireless Surcharge
Today's Regulatory Mix: New York Investigation Alleges Campaign to Influence FCC's Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules, Nebraska Enacts Broadband Funding Law, CCA Urges FCC to Reconsider RDOF Awards
New York Investigation Alleges Campaign to Influence FCC’s 2017 Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules
The New York Office of Attorney General (OAG) released a statement and report detailing the results of an investigation into fake, public comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission in a 2017 proceeding to repeal net neutrality rules.
New York OAG,
Competitive Carriers Association,
Repeal of FCC Net Neutrality Rules,
Today's Regulatory Mix: Colorado Issues 2021 CHCSM Customer Education Notice, FCC Seeks Comment on FY 2021 Regulatory Fees, Idaho Enacts Broadband Law
Colorado Issues 2021 CHCSM Customer Education Notice
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has issued an order directing each telecommunications service provider (provider) that collects the Colorado High-Cost Support Mechanism (CHCSM)
FCC Regulatory Fees,
Colorado High-Cost Support Mechanism
Today's Regulatory Mix: ECF Program Draft Rules Exclude Desktops/Mobile Phones, FCC Seeks Comment on RDOF ETC Applications, Idaho Extends Suspension of ITSAP Surcharge
ECF Program Draft Rules Exclude Desktops/Mobile Phones
The FCC circulated draft rules that, if adopted, would govern the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECF Program). The ECF Program would reimburse schools and libraries for the purchase of eligible equipment and services for students, school staff, and library patrons during the pandemic.
RDOF ETC Applications,
FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund,
Idaho Telecommunication Service Assistance Program,
FCC ECF Draft Rules