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FCC Proposes Amended Rules for Telecom Provider Reimbursement Program


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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Accenture to Acquire umlaut; CEO Julie Sweet Quoted

Julie Sweet

Accenture has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire umlaut, an engineering consulting and services firm headquartered in Aachen, Germany, to scale the company’s deep engineering capabilities to use digital technologies such as cloud, artificial intelligence and 5G to transform how they design, engineer and manufacture their products.

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AT&T Lands Four DHS Task Orders Worth $306M For IT Modernization; Stacy Schwartz Quoted

Stacy Schwartz

AT&T announced on Thursday that it has secured four task orders from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to modernize and transform DHS's telecommunications infrastructure with IP-based networking services. The awards have a combined value of $306 million over 12 years if all options are exercised.

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CRS Issues Report on 5G Tech’s National Security Implications

DOD 5G Network

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released a report outlining some of the national security implications of 5G-enabled mobile technologies. CRS said in the April 23rd report that Congress may consider policies for national security, spectrum management, and military operations as 5G platforms are developed and fielded. 

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OMB Requires Agencies to Submit EIS Transition Progress Report by July; GSA’s Allen Hill Quoted

Allen Hill

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has directed federal agencies to submit by July 1st a report on how they are advancing their transition to the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract for telecommunications and network modernization services. The General Services Administration (GSA) gave agencies a March 31st deadline to shift 50 percent of all services from the Networx contract to EIS. 

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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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US, Mexico Intend to Collaborate on Connectivity, Spectrum Management; Jessica Rosenworcel Quoted

Jessica Rosenworcel

Jessica Rosenworcel, acting chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, met with Adolfo Cuevas, interim chairman of Mexico's telecommunications agency at a virtual event to discuss potential collaborative initiatives to address connectivity challenges facing both countries. “It was a pleasure to meet with Interim Chairman Cuevas this afternoon and discuss the ways our two countries can best collaborate on the technology and connectivity challenges facing our respective citizens," said Rosenworcel. 

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FCC Seeks Feedback on $3.2B Emergency Broadband Discount Program

Ajit Pai

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a request for comment on the agency’s plans to launch a $3.2 billion program aimed at providing discounted broadband services to low-income Americans. The agency will direct participating telecommunications providers to provide a monthly discount of up to $50 for eligible households. Tribal lands will be eligible for up to $75 in monthly slashed rates

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All 24 Agencies Receive ‘A’ Grades in 11th FITARA Scorecard’s Software Licensing Metric; Rep. Gerry Connolly Quoted

Rep. Gerry Connolly

The software licensing metric in the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard will now be retired after all 24 agencies received an ‘A’ in the category in its 11th iteration. “FITARA remains an effective tool at catalyzing IT advancement across the enterprise of the federal government. Let’s ensure we use it to continue to raise the bar," said Rep. Gerry Connolly.

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FCC Implements Directive to Replace ‘Risky’ Telecom Equipment


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formally implemented rules under the 2019 Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act aimed at reimbursing telecommunication providers’ equipment that pose risks to national security. FCC said Thursday that the reimbursement program might require a least $1.6B in funding to replace risky communications equipment purchased after Aug. 14, 2018.

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