May 11, 2023 Weekly Wireless Wrap-Up

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:

ROBOCALLS

  • On 5/5, the FCC published in the Federal Register the Sixth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on additional steps to further enhance the effectiveness of the STIR/SHAKEN framework. Comments are due by June 5, 2023 and replies are due by July 5, 2023.  For more information and to view a copy of the Notice, see our post here.

CONGRESS

  • On 5/10, the House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled “Closing the Digital Divide: Overseeing Federal Funds for Broadband Deployment.” The hearing provided an opportunity for members to learn about the broadband programs across the federal government, identify ways to remove duplication and overlap, and increase funding efficiency. Andrew Von Ah, Director, Physical Infrastructure, Government Accountability Office, Dr. George Ford, PhD, Chief Economist, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies, and Angela Siefer, Executive Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance.  For more information and to view the hearing, see the Committee’s website here.
  • This morning, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband held a hearing entitled “The State of Universal Service.” The hearing examined potential the need for connectivity in rural areas and potential reforms to ensure the USF system remains effective.  Witnesses included Tim Chavez, Director of Technology, Cuba Independent School District, New Mexico, Angie Kronenberg, President, INCOMPAS, Daniel Lyons, Professor, Boston College Law School; Nonresident Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, Denny Law, CEO and General Manager, Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, South Dakota, and Greg Guice, Director of Government Affairs, Public Knowledge.  For more information and to view the hearing, see the Committee’s website here.

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