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Newsletter

The NTA Monthly Newsletter

November 2021, Volume 228

Serving the Industry for over 63 years.

Rosenworcel Announces Items for October Open Meeting

Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel announced items the FCC will consider at its Oct. 26, 2021 Open Meeting. The FCC will consider a third round of Connected Care Pilot Program awards, national security and updating its television rules. She also said the meeting will feature a virtual field hearing on Hurricane Ida and improving the resilience of communications networks.

NTIA Publishes Proposed Service Areas for Broadband Infrastructure Program

NTIA announced on Oct. 4, 2021, it published the proposed service areas of all applications undergoing review for funding through the Broadband Infrastructure Program. Broadband service providers will have 15 days to submit information about the broadband services they offer in any of the proposed service areas. NTIA said this announcement will assist it in targeting federal funds appropriately to areas lacking qualifying broadband service. NTIA will consider the information submitted by service providers as a factor in its evaluation of the program’s applications.

Wireline Bureau Issues Erratum to Order Extending Waiver of Lifeline Program Rules

The Wireline Competition Bureau issued an erratum on Oct. 4, 2021, to the order extending prior waivers of the Lifeline program rules governing documentation requirements for subscribers residing in rural areas on tribal lands, reverification, recertification, general deenrollment and income documentation through Dec. 31, 2021. The erratum corrected footnote 10 of the order.

Frontier looks to support fiber build

Announcements

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Quick Bites

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  • A House subcommittee will hold a hearing on Oct. 6, 2021, to consider several broadband bills.

  • The WCB reminded voice and intermediate service providers they may only accept calls directly from a provider that has filed in the robocall mitigation database certifying it has implemented STIR/SHAKEN.

 

  • The FCC announced interim usage charges for subscriptions to the reassigned numbers database.

 

  • The WCB announced approval of the second group of funding commitments under round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. news release.

  • Comments are due on the FNPRM updating the FCC’s rules on direct access to numbers by interconnected VoIP providers to safeguard numbering resources. Replies are due Nov. 15, 2021.

Frontier Communications will seek to raise $1 billion to fund the expansion and marketing of its fiber network in an offering of lien secured notes due 2023, the telecom announced, adding that it will target "qualified institutional buyers." The money will support Frontier's plans to bring fiber-to-the-premises technology to roughly 10 million homes by 2025.

Full Story: Light Reading (10/5) 

A proposed bipartisan House measure would direct the federal government to form a process for labeling selected groups as "systemically important critical infrastructure." Reps. John Katko, R-N.Y., and Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., introduced the bill, which would require the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to provide these groups with access to important security programs.

Full Story: The Hill (10/5),  CyberScoop (10/5) 

USTelecom on 24/7 Newsy Network to talk robocalls

USTelecom's Jonathan Spalter recently joined Newsy to share the latest in the effort to combat illegal robocalls. Spalter touted the work of the Industry Traceback Group -- the FCC's official robocall fighter -- to traceback and shut down the flow of these calls, noting: "we [ITG] are the only folks doing this kind of work." Watch the interview here and learn more at tracebacks.org.