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Industry News

January 2022

UPDATED Jan 11, 2022

The Nevada Telecommunications Association

Serving the Industry for over 63 years.

FCC proposes Affordable Connectivity Program rules

The Federal Communications Commission released a draft of its Affordable Connectivity Program broadband subsidy rules that include a provision to allow Emergency Broadband Benefit providers to qualify automatically qualify as an authorized service provider for the ACP. The 150-page proposal, which does not expand the definition of covered devices, is available for public comment until Tuesday with a vote on the rules by the commission to follow.

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FCC's broadband funds for schools, libraries
reaches $4.2B

The Federal Communications Commission is doling out another $361 million in broadband subsidy dollars to schools and libraries, making its to-date total nearly $4.2 billion. "Today's funding announcement will provide 700,000 more schoolchildren with the digital tools they need to connect with teachers and classmates," FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel said.

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FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program

The Federal Communication Commission's $14.2 billion Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is now open for enrollment and provides eligible households with a discount up to $30 per month ($75 on qualifying Tribal lands) on internet service and connected devices. Learn more about the program and apply here.

Survey: 98% of internet homes in US have broadband

Broadband makes up 98% of internet service for the 87% of homes in the US that are connected, Leichtman Research reports, and 60% of those with high-speed internet find their provider very satisfactory. These figures represent growth from 2016, as does the discovery that video viewing is a daily activity for six out of ten adults who have internet.

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NTA Announcements

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Quick Bites from RegScan

  • The FCC issued a tentative agenda for its Jan. 27, 2022 open meeting. The FCC will consider eight items, including: an NPRM to require broadband internet access service providers display labels to disclose to consumers certain information about their prices, data allowances and broadband speeds; and a report and order to clarify tribal libraries are eligible for support through the E-rate Program.

  • Rosenworcel circulated and released a draft report and order and FNPRM that would establish the rules for the $14.2 billion Affordable Connectivity Program.

  • The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public notice modifying the ex parte rules in the ACP proceeding.

  • NTIA is seeking comment on program design, policy issues and implementation considerations associated with new broadband grant programs authorized and funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Comments are due Feb. 4, 2022.

  • Rosenworcel sent letters to members of Congress on small business broadband speed needs, noting the current speed benchmark is not adequate. 

  • Consumers’ Research, et al. filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on the FCC’s approval of the first quarter 2022 USF contribution factor.

Jan 10, 2022

  • Jan. 10 – Replies are due on the FNPRM on stopping illegal robocalls from entering U.S. networks.

  • Jan. 18 – Comments are due on the NOI on the future of the USF in light of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Replies are due Jan. 31, 2022.

  • Feb. 17 – Comments are due on the future of the Universal Service Fund NOI. Replies are due March 17, 2022.

Research: What to expect in streaming this year

The streaming video industry is expected to see an increase in mergers and acquisitions this year and a move toward vertical integration, according to research from Ampere Analysis. Research Director Guy Bisson notes, "One wave will focus on content intellectual property where acquisition targets will include traditionally established TV production entities ... as well as publishers, games studios, comic creators, toys, music catalogues, TV and movie libraries and archives that have the same proven abilities."

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Treasury adds speed and price to ARPA broadband metrics

Price and speed requirements could make some areas that technically have broadband service eligible for American Rescue Plan Act funding under the Treasury Department's final rules. "[G]iven that many federal broadband grant programs are focused solely on unserved and underserved areas, Treasury believes that the final rule's flexibility enables these funds to fill an important role in the overall federal broadband landscape," the department stated.

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