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Memo: Data Breach Requirements Effective March 13, 2024

February 28, 2024

New notification rules awaiting OMB approval. The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Report and Order in WC Docket No. 22-21 has been published in the Federal Register. With this, new data breach requirements take effect March 13, 2024. The new notification requirement, however, has a delayed effective date until approval by the Office of Management and…

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Memo: ReConnect Round 5 Application Deadline Update

February 23, 2024

Application window opens March 22, 2024; closes May 21, 2024. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released the highly anticipated details for the fifth (5th) round of funding for the ReConnect Program. The ReConnect Program will provide up to $700M in loan and grant funding to assist with building broadband infrastructure in areas…

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Memo: USDA Officially Releases Details on the 5th Round of ReConnect

February 22, 2024

Application window opens March 22, 2024; closes April 22, 2024. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released the highly anticipated details for the fifth (5th) round of funding for the ReConnect Program. The ReConnect Program will provide up to $700M in loan and grant funding to assist with building broadband infrastructure in areas…

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Memo: STIR/SHAKEN Robocall Mitigation Database & Program Updates

February 5, 2024

All providers must comply by February 26, 2024. As you may recall, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order on March 17, 2023 designed to bolster the existing STIR/SHAKEN and Robocall Mitigation Database/Program requirements. Many of the requirements were delayed, pending OMB approval. The FCC released a Public Notice on January 25, 2024 outlining…

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Memo: Broadband Serviceable Locations

February 1, 2024

Broadband Serviceable Locations: Validate and Update! Broadband Serviceable Locations (BSLs) are reported bi-annually in the Broadband Data Collection (BDC) filing. The Federal Communications Communication (FCC) recently released several Public Notices providing additional guidance on the implications of utilizing the BSLs to determine how federal High-Cost funds are disbursed in addition to new funding opportunities. Vantage…

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Memo: ACP Funding Wind-down Procedures

January 16, 2024

FCC announced final full month is April 2024. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provided Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) wind-down guidance in DA 24-23. This order projects the last fully funded month for the ACP will be April 2024. The ACP claims snapshot on May 1, 2024, will identify the households eligible to receive the last…

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Memo: ACP Funding Projected to Run Out in April 2024

January 11, 2024

The FCC will provide wind-down procedures. FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel released The Future of the Affordable Connectivity Program fact sheet this week. It is anticipated the funding for the program will run out in April 2024 unless Congress acts on the requested $6B requested by the Biden Administration for the ACP, or the $7B bipartisan bill,…

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Memo: FCC Defers Next Five-Year Deployment Obligation for CAF BLS

December 29, 2023

Second Report and Order released on December 27, 2023. On December 27, 2023, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Second Report and Order deferring the commencement of the next five-year deployment obligation term for legacy rate-of-return carriers receiving Connect America Fund Broadband Loop Support (CAF BLS) in 2024 until January 1, 2025. Legacy carriers…

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Memo: Action Required by International 214 Authorization Holders

December 21, 2023

One-Time Information Collection Regarding Foreign Ownership On December 13, 2023, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice reminding all international section 214 authorization holders (Authorization Holders) to respond to a One-Time Information Collection regarding foreign ownership in the One-Time Information Collection Filing System no later than 11:59 ET on January 22, 2024. The…

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Memo: New LNP & CPNI Requirements for CMRS Providers

December 20, 2023

CMRS Providers: Are your CPNI Manuals and Training out of date? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order on November 16, 2023, designed to bolster Local Number Portability (LNP) rules and Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) rules for Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) providers (including resellers of wireless service) due to increased subscriber identity…

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