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Memo: ACP Annual Data Collection Required

November 29, 2022

Data Collection requirements identified by FCC. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) released the Fourth Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making identifying the ACP Transparency Data Collection rules as required by Congress. All service providers participating in the ACP with enrolled subscribers will be required to participate. The information collected will be…

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Memo: ACP Year-End Updates and Reminders

November 22, 2022

Recent updates and reminders for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) transitioned to the ACP in January 2022. Since inception, the program has enrolled over 14.9 million households. Unfortunately, there is still a digital divide and gap between those who are eligible and those receiving the benefit. To ensure those eligible…

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Memo: FCC Issues Report, Order, and FNPRM on Broadband Consumer Labels

November 18, 2022

ISPs Required to Display Broadband “Nutrition” Labels. In the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) Report and Order dated November 17, 2022, the FCC adopts rules requiring broadband Internet service providers (“ISPs”) to display certain information regarding their Internet access service plans. In 2021, President Biden signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (the “Act”)…

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Memo: Broadband Map will be available Friday

November 17, 2022

The pre-production draft of the new broadband map will be available on November 18, 2022. On November 18th, the FCC will be making available the pre-production draft broadband map (Broadband Map) depicting Broadband Serviceable Location (BSL) availability as of June 30, 2022. The availability information will reflect the maximum advertised download and upload speeds available…

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Memo: USDA Begins to Release ReConnect Round 4 Application Public Notice Filings

November 11, 2022

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has started to release Public Notice Filings (PNFs) on the recently submitted ReConnect Round 4 applications. As in previous ReConnect Funding Rounds, once a PNF is released, there is a 45-day response window allowing broadband providers the opportunity to challenge Proposed Funded Service Areas (PFSA) of an individual…

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Memo: New Broadband Map will be released November 18, 2022

November 10, 2022

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the pre-production draft of the new broadband map will be available on November 18, 2022. Additional information is available in the News Release. The pre-production map is the first release of the map required by the Broadband DATA Act. The broadband availability will be based on data submitted by…

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Memo: Broadband Data Collection Fabric Bulk Challenge Process

September 8, 2022

All Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were required to complete the Broadband Data Collection (BDC) by September 1, 2022. The filing required ISPs to identify Broadband Serviceable Locations (BSLs) from the Fabric, a common dataset of all locations developed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vendor CostQuest. The Fabric was developed utilizing multiple data sources but…

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Memo: PSHSB Counsels EAS Participants to Take Immediate Actions to Safeguard Devices

August 10, 2022

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued an advisory on August 1, 2022, concerning a potential vulnerability in certain Emergency Alert System (EAS) encoder/decoder devices that have not been updated to most recent software versions. It is FEMA’s observation that unauthorized actors could issue false alerts over Internet-accessible EAS infrastructure, if the devices are not…

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Memo: USDA Officially Releases Details on the 4th Round of ReConnect

August 4, 2022

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released the highly anticipated details for the fourth (4th) round of funding for the ReConnect Program. The ReConnect Program will provide up to $1.15B in loan and grant funding to assist with building broadband infrastructure in areas of America lacking sufficient access to broadband. This program was…

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Memo: FCC Pauses Voice Lifeline Phase-out and Mobile Broadband Data Capacity Increase Again

July 13, 2022

The FCC released an Order on July 1, 2022, hitting the pause button on (1) the support phase-out of Lifeline voice services, and (2) the data capacity increase for mobile broadband for an additional year. Therefore, the basic lifeline benefit will remain at $5.25 for eligible voice-only service and the minimum service standard for mobile…

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