Good afternoon from Washington, DC and welcome to our last Weekly Wireless Wrap-Up for October! Below you will find this week’s update on the wireless telecommunications regulatory landscape, important wireless decisions, and more! Of note this week, the FCC announced the launch of the Reassigned Numbers Database and held its October Open Meeting. Here’s your wrap-up:
- Last Wednesday, October 20, 2021, the FCC published in the Federal Register notice that section 64.6306(e) of the Second STIR/SHAKEN Report and Order was effective as of October 20, 2021. Section 64.6306(e) requires providers who have been granted an exemption to certain robocall requirements to certify that they have implemented the STIR/SHAKEN authentication framework. For more information and to view a copy of the notice, see our post here.
- On Monday, October 25, 2021, the Wireline Competition Bureau released an Order suspending the Reply Comment deadline for MCC Iowa LLC’s Petition for Declaratory Ruling pursuant to Section 253. The parties requested an extension of the deadline to finalize a settlement. For more information and to view a copy of the Order, see our post here.
- Also on Monday, the FCC published in the Federal Register the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to extend STIR/SHAKEN to gateway providers, setting the comment and reply comment deadlines. Comments are due on or before November 26, 2021 and reply comments are due on or before December 27, 2021. For more information and to view a copy of the notice, see our post here.
- Additionally, on Monday the FCC announced that the Reassigned Numbers Database will launch on November 1, 2021. The Database will be available at reassigned.us and beginning November 1, paid subscribers to the database will be able to look up phone numbers to determine whether a telephone number has been reassigned from the consumer they are intending to reach. For more information, see the FCC’s announcement here.
- Yesterday, the FCC held its October Open Meeting. The FCC considered two items and held a Disaster Communications Field Hearing. Three items were initially scheduled for consideration, however the FCC adopted the Order updating the digital television Table of Allotments prior to the meeting. For more information, see our post here.
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