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Memo: FCC Announces Census Blocks Eligible for Continued Voice-Only Lifeline Support

June 3, 2021

FCC Announces Census Blocks Eligible for Continued Voice-Only Lifeline Support Summary In the 2016 Lifeline Reform Order, the FCC began the transition to phase out the Lifeline support for voice-only services in an attempt to shift the focus of Lifeline benefits toward broadband services. The transition for voice-only supported services are: Until December 1, 2019…

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FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Preparedness Guide

April 29, 2021

FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Preparedness Guide Preparing for program launch. Summary The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB) will launch enrollment on May 12, 2021. Get ready to educate and enroll subscribers in the time limited program. To participate in the program and receive reimbursement for an EBB customer credit, a…

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Memo: STIR/SHAKEN – Originating Robocall Mitigation Database Announced

April 22, 2021

STIR/SHAKEN – Originating Robocall Mitigation Database Announced Action required for all voice service providers. Summary The FCC released a Public Notice on April 20, 2021, announcing the opening of the Robocall Mitigation Database and providing filing instructions along with confirmation of the Robocall Mitigation Program filing deadline of June 30, 2021.  Note that action is…

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Memo: Next Step for Transition of 8YY End Office Access Charges

April 21, 2021

Next Step for Transition of 8YY End Office Access Charges Cap on Joint Tandem Switched Transport and Transition Database Query Charges. Summary On October 9, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Report and Order relating to 8YY Access Charge Reform. The Report and Order announced a transition of 8YY originating end office access…

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Memo: Upcoming & Emerging Funding Opportunities

March 23, 2021

Upcoming & Emerging Funding Opportunities Review & Report of Opportunities Ahead. Summary The need to bring broadband to unserved and underserved areas is more important now than ever. The Federal Government along with several states have made a significant commitment, from a funding perspective, to assist with bringing broadband to those areas in need. Vantage…

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Memo: Bureau Announces CAF II Eligible Locations Adjustment Process (ELAP) Filing Window

March 19, 2021

Bureau Announces CAF II Eligible Locations Adjustment Process (ELAP) Filing Window Public Notice released March 16, 2021. Summary On March 16, 2021, the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) released the Public Notice, DA 21-319, announcing the opening of the CAF Phase II Auction Eligible Locations Adjustment Process (ELAP) filing window for CAF Phase II auction recipients….

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Memo: Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Update

March 9, 2021

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Update Public Notice released March 4, 2021. Summary The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously adopted an Order on February 25th establishing the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB). The $3.2 Billion appropriated by Congress in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 will lower high-speed Internet costs for eligible households during the COVID-19…

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Memo: FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

March 8, 2021

FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Overview of FCC Report and Order. Summary The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously adopted an Order on February 25th establishing the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB). The $3.2 Billion appropriated by Congress in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 will lower high-speed Internet costs for eligible households during the COVID-19…

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Memo: FCC Seeks Outreach Partners for Emergency Broadband Benefit

February 16, 2021

FCC Seeks Outreach Partners for Emergency Broadband Benefit Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced the FCC is seeking outreach partners to help share information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit – an FCC program developed to provide relief to households that are struggling to pay for Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FCC…

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Memo: STIR/SHAKEN – Originating Robocall Mitigation Plan Services

February 10, 2021

STIR/SHAKEN – Originating Robocall Mitigation Plan Services Summary STIR/SHAKEN requirements were initially slated to go into effect June 30, 2021. However, voice providers with fewer than 100,000 access lines were granted an automatic extension until June 30, 2023 to implement STIR/SHAKEN on the IP portions of their network. Note that action is still required to…

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