Good afternoon from Washington, DC! Below you will find this week’s Wireless Wrap-Up, your update on the wireless telecommunications regulatory landscape, important wireless decisions, and more! Here is your wrap-up:
- FEBRUARY OPEN MEETING
- This morning, the FCC held its February Open Meeting. The Commission considered, and approved, two items, including a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to mandate the separation of domestic violence survivors’ lines from shared mobile accounts with their abusers and protecting the privacy of calls and texts place to domestic abuse hotlines. The Commission was originally scheduled to consider three items, but the restricted adjudicatory matter was adopted by the Commission prior to the meeting and removed from the agenda in this Deletion Notice. For more information and to view a copy of the Agenda, see our post here.
- 911 OUTAGE REPORTING
- On 2/15, the FCC published in the Federal Register the Report and Order adopting new 911 outage reporting requirements. Two provisions in the order are effective March 17, 2023. The effective date of the provision amending the outage reporting and threshold criteria is delayed indefinitely to obtain OMB approval. For more information and to view a copy of the Notice, see our post here.
- On 2/15, the Enforcement Bureau released a Public Notice announcing that the Traceback Consortium had identified One Eye LLC as the originator of substantial volumes of apparently illegal robocall traffic and notifying voice service providers that they are permitted to block or cease to accept traffic from One Eye if the provider fails to mitigate the identified traffic. The Bureau also issued a cease-and-desist letter to One Eye contemporaneously with the Public Notice. For more information and to view a copy of the Notice, see our post here.
- On 2/14, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a third nomination hearing to consider Gigi Sohn’s nomination to the FCC. Sohn answered questions on a variety of topics including her views on net neutrality, expanding access to broadband, mapping, and the positions she has held up to this point. For more information and to view the hearing and review testimony, see the Committee’s website here.
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