Tag Archives: FCC

GAO: FCC, NTIA Should Clarify Processes to Better Coordinate on Spectrum Management

Spectrum Management

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) develop clearly defined processes and update documents to facilitate coordination on spectrum management. GAO said in a report published Monday that are no clear processes for addressing matters when agencies cannot reach an agreement on issues related to spectrum management.

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FCC Finalizes Rules for Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program

Telecommunications

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted final rules for a program that seeks to reimburse telecommunications carriers for replacing or removing equipment and services that pose risks to national security. Communications services providers with 10 million or fewer customers can participate in the $1.89 billion Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

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Executive Order Calls for Agencies to Implement Pro-Competitive Regulations to Procurement, Spending

White House

President Joe Biden signed Friday an executive order that directs federal agencies to adopt pro-competitive approaches and regulations to spending and procurement and revoke “regulations that create unnecessary barriers to entry” to address monopolization, overconcentration and unfair competition in the U.S. economy, Government Executive reported Monday.

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FCC Proposes Amended Rules for Telecom Provider Reimbursement Program

Telecommunications

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to consider at its July 13th open meeting an order that would amend rules for a program that seeks to reimburse telecommunications carriers for removing and replacing equipment and services that pose risks to national security. The amended rules would allow communications services providers with 10 million or fewer customers to take part in the reimbursement program.

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House Lawmakers Propose Secure Equipment Act of 2021; Jessica Rosenworcel Quoted

Telecommunications

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., have proposed a bill to protect U.S. telecommunications networks from national security threats posed by equipment produced by Chinese state-backed companies. "This legislation will help protect our national security by ensuring that untrustworthy communications equipment is not authorized for use within our borders,” said Jessica Rosenworcel, acting chairwoman of FCC. 

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FCC to Track Providers’ Compliance With Robocall Mitigation Standards Via New Database

Federal Communications

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is developing a public database to track compliance of telephone service providers with standards meant to authenticate and display the caller ID of phone calls as part of efforts to mitigate robocalls. Voice service providers should certify that they have implemented the Secure Telephone Identity Revisited and Signature-based Handling of Asserted Information Using toKENs standards or the STIR/SHAKEN framework.

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FCC Allocates Spectrum Band for Commercial Space Launches

Federal Communications

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has implemented new rules to support commercial satellite launches and related operations by providing the space sector access to spectrum in the 2200-2290 MHz band. The move seeks to meet the needs of the burgeoning U.S. space industry that works to provide communications services to governments, businesses, and customers worldwide.

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FCC Wants Advisory Panel to Focus on 5G Network Security; Jessica Rosenworcel Quoted

Jessica Rosenworcel

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will reestablish a federal advisory committee by the end of June 2021 that will focus on improving the security of 5G networks. The Communications Security, Realibility and Interoperability Council will also review vulnerabilities related to software and cloud services and come up with mitigation strategies.

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FCC Begins Process to Determine Whether to Retain Section 214 Authority of Pacific Networks, ComNet

Federal Communications

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has started a proceeding to determine whether to terminate the authority of Pacific Networks and its ComNet subsidiary to provide telecommunications services within the U.S. FCC said the launch of the proceeding will allow the entities to present additional evidence and respond to specific questions.

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FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr Unveils 5G Agenda

Brendan Carr

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Brendan Carr has proposed a spectrum roadmap and new infrastructure reforms meant to extend U.S. leadership in 5G. He also outlined his plans for 2022, including holding an auction for the 50 MHz of spectrum between 1300-1350 MHz and another auction of millimeter wave spectrum with the 42 GHz band as one of the prime candidates. 

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