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Memo: Extended Relief for Performance Testing Granted

January 4, 2022

Extended Relief for Performance Testing Granted On January 3, 2022, the FCC released an Order granting extended relief to carriers subject to the FCC’s performance testing requirements.  The relief applies to all carriers, both those in testing and pre-testing environments, and allows for them to test to 70% of their required USAC selected random locations…

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Memo: FCC Provides Guidance Regarding Transition to the Affordable Connectivity Program

December 9, 2021

FCC Provides Guidance Regarding Transition to the Affordable Connectivity Program On December 8, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued Order DA 21-1524 regarding the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) transition to the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The Order waived some provisions in sections of the Consolidated Appropriations Act rules regarding the EBB and further clarified…

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Memo: FCC Transitioning EBB Program to Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

November 30, 2021

FCC Transitioning EBB Program to Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) The Infrastructure and Jobs Act (Infrastructure Act), signed by President Biden on November 15, 2021, established the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP’s funding of $14.2 Billion will modify and extend the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB) effective December 31, 2021. This funding will help struggling…

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Memo: $65 Billion for Broadband Deployment

November 16, 2021

$65 Billion Dollars for Broadband Deployment to Unserved and Underserved Areas On November 15, 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (”IIJA” or “Infrastructure Bill”) was signed into law. The majority of the $65 Billion appropriated for broadband deployment will be administered through the newly formed Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program (“BEAD”), which will…

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Memo: FCC Form 477 Census Data Update

November 8, 2021

FCC Form 477 Census Data Update The FCC has announced that upcoming FCC Form 477 reporting will soon be based off 2020 Census Geography Codes. All FCC Form 477 reporting that includes data as of December 31, 2021, (Form due March 1, 2022) will be based off the updated 2020 Census Geography Codes. Any revisions…

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Memo: Upcoming & Emerging Funding Opportunities

October 14, 2021

Funding: What is Happening? Review & Report of Recent and Upcoming Funding. Summary Vantage Point Solutions is dedicated to keeping our clients informed of the various funding opportunities on the horizon. We strive to keep up to speed with the unprecedented current and future funding opportunities and are here to be a resource to you…

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Memo: Reassigned Numbers Database Reminder

October 13, 2021

Reassigned Numbers Database Reminder Due October 15, 2021 for Small Business Providers. Summary The FCC released a Public Notice on February 8, 2021, announcing the compliance date for service providers to report information to the Reassigned Numbers Database.  As of April 15, 2021, and on the 15th each month thereafter, service providers must report permanently…

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Memo: FCC Announces Updated Lifeline Minimum Standards

September 24, 2021

FCC Announces Updated Lifeline Minimum Standards Recent updates and clarifications regarding Tribal Lifeline have been added. Summary The FCC released a Public Notice on July 30, 2021 announcing the new Lifeline Minimum Standards that will take effective on December 1, 2021.   Fixed Broadband – 25/3 with 1229 GB of usage per month (speed remained…

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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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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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