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Modernizing Common Carrier RulesRule2017-2277010/20/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopted a Report and Order that eliminates certain rules from which the Commission has granted unconditional forbearance for all carriers, and eliminates references t … In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopted a Report and Order that eliminates certain rules from which the Commission has granted unconditional forbearance for all carriers, and eliminates references to telegraph service from certain sections of the Commission's rules. The Report and Order updates our rules to remove outmoded regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that no longer reflect current requirements or technology. In so doing, we further our goals of reducing regulatory burdens, eliminating unnecessary rule provisions, and making the agency as efficient and effective as possible.modernizing-common-carrier-rulesFR-Doc-2017-22770
Revisions to Reporting Requirements Governing Hearing Aid-Compatible Mobile HandsetsProposed Rule2017-2218910/13/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) seeks comment on proposals to provide relief to non- nationwide service providers by revising the Commission's wireless hearing aid compatibility reporting requirements.In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) seeks comment on proposals to provide relief to non- nationwide service providers by revising the Commission's wireless hearing aid compatibility reporting requirements.revisions-to-reporting-requirements-governing-hearing-aid-compatible-mobile-handsetsFR-Doc-2017-22189
Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2017Rule2017-1938609/22/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Commission revises its Schedule of Regulatory Fees to recover an amount of $356,710,992 that Congress has required the Commission to collect for fiscal year 2017. Section 9 of the Communications Act of 1934, as am … In this document, the Commission revises its Schedule of Regulatory Fees to recover an amount of $356,710,992 that Congress has required the Commission to collect for fiscal year 2017. Section 9 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, provides for the annual assessment and collection of regulatory fees under sections 9(b)(2) and 9(b)(3), respectively, for annual ``Mandatory Adjustments'' and ``Permitted Amendments'' to the Schedule of Regulatory Fees.assessment-and-collection-of-regulatory-fees-for-fiscal-year-2017FR-Doc-2017-19386
Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications ServicesRule2017-2013709/21/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionUnder the Congressional Review Act, Congress has passed, and the President has signed, Public Law 115-22, a resolution of disapproval of the rule that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) submitted pursuant to such Act relating … Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has passed, and the President has signed, Public Law 115-22, a resolution of disapproval of the rule that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) submitted pursuant to such Act relating to ``Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.'' By operation of the Congressional Review Act, the rule submitted by the FCC shall be treated as if it had never taken effect. However, because the Congressional Review Act does not direct the Office of the Federal Register to remove the voided regulatory text and reissue the pre-existing regulatory text, the FCC issues this document to effect the removal of any amendments, deletions, or other modifications made by the  ified rule, and the reversion to the text of the regulations in effect immediately prior to the effect date of the Report and Order relating to ``Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.''protecting-the-privacy-of-customers-of-broadband-and-other-telecommunications-servicesFR-Doc-2017-20137
Uniform License Renewal, Discontinuance of Operation, and Geographic Partitioning and Spectrum Disaggregation Rules and Policies for Certain Wireless Radio ServicesRule2017-1850109/01/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission adopts rules to streamline and harmonize the Commission's license renewal and service continuity rules for the Wireless Radio Services (WRS). This unified regulatory framework inc … In this document, the Federal Communications Commission adopts rules to streamline and harmonize the Commission's license renewal and service continuity rules for the Wireless Radio Services (WRS). This unified regulatory framework includes: establishing a consistent standard for renewing wireless licenses; setting forth safe harbors providing expedited renewal for licensees that meet their initial term construction requirement and generally remain operating at or above that level; adopting consistent service continuity rules, which provide for automatic termination of any license on which a licensee permanently discontinues service or operation; eliminating unnecessary, legacy ``comparative renewal rules''; and requiring that when portions of geographic licenses are sold, both parties to the transaction have a clear construction obligation and penalty in the event of failure, closing a loophole used to avoid the Commission's construction requirements. This action will enhance competition and facilitate robust use of the nation's scarce spectrum resources.uniform-license-renewal-discontinuance-of-operation-and-geographic-partitioning-and-spectrumFR-Doc-2017-18501
Connect America Fund, ETC Annual Reports and CertificationsRule2017-1779408/23/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, by eliminating several rules that are either duplicative of other reporting requirements or are simply no longer necessary, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) streamlines the annual reporting requir … In this document, by eliminating several rules that are either duplicative of other reporting requirements or are simply no longer necessary, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) streamlines the annual reporting requirements for eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) that receive high-cost universal service support. The Commission also re-emphasizes the importance of providing the public with access to non-confidential information filed by ETCs, and it directs the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to work closely with state and Tribal governments and other stakeholders to improve public access to the information that ETCs will continue to file.connect-america-fund-etc-annual-reports-and-certificationsFR-Doc-2017-17794
Protecting Consumers From Unauthorized Carrier Changes and Related Unauthorized ChargesProposed Rule2017-1696108/14/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Commission proposes to amend its rules to prohibit carriers from misrepresenting themselves when placing telemarketing sales calls to consumers and placing unauthorized charges on their phone bills. The Commissi … In this document, the Commission proposes to amend its rules to prohibit carriers from misrepresenting themselves when placing telemarketing sales calls to consumers and placing unauthorized charges on their phone bills. The Commission seeks comment on ways to strengthen its rules to protect consumers from slamming and cramming and proposes to codify a rule prohibiting misrepresentations on carrier telemarketing calls to consumers that often precede a carrier switch, and proposes to codify a rule against cramming. The intended effect of this action is to prevent unscrupulous carriers from targeting vulnerable populations from committing fraud either on sales calls or when ``verifying'' a consumer switch.protecting-consumers-from-unauthorized-carrier-changes-and-related-unauthorized-chargesFR-Doc-2017-16961
Calling Number Identification Service-Caller IDProposed Rule2017-1530307/21/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Commission proposes to amend its Caller ID rules to allow carriers to disclose blocked Caller ID information in the limited case of threatening calls as an aid to law enforcement investigations. Media and law … In this document, the Commission proposes to amend its Caller ID rules to allow carriers to disclose blocked Caller ID information in the limited case of threatening calls as an aid to law enforcement investigations. Media and law enforcement reports indicate that the number of threatening calls targeting schools, religious organizations, and other entities appears to be increasing dramatically. In many cases, the perpetrators block the Caller ID information, making it difficult to trace the threatening calls. The Commission's current rules require that carriers not reveal blocked Caller ID information or use that information to allow the called party to contact the caller. Recognizing that threatening callers do not have a legitimate privacy interest in having blocked Caller ID protected from disclosure, the Commission seeks to amend its Caller ID rules to permit carriers to disclose blocked Caller ID information in the limited case of threatening calls as an aid to law enforcement investigations.calling-number-identification-service-caller-idFR-Doc-2017-15303
Jurisdictional Separations and Referral to the Federal-State Joint BoardRule2017-1141806/02/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Commission extends the existing freeze of jurisdictional separations rules. The current extension allows the Commission, in cooperation with the Federal-State Joint Board, to consider further changes to the sep … In this document, the Commission extends the existing freeze of jurisdictional separations rules. The current extension allows the Commission, in cooperation with the Federal-State Joint Board, to consider further changes to the separations process in light of changes taking place in the telecommunications market place. The freeze also serves to ease the burdens of regulatory compliance and uncertainty for Local Exchange Carriers.jurisdictional-separations-and-referral-to-the-federal-state-joint-boardFR-Doc-2017-11418
Business Data Services in an Internet Protocol Environment; Technology Transitions; Special Access for Price Cap Local Exchange Carriers; AT&T Corporation Petition for Rulemaking To Reform Regulation of Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier Rates for Interstate Special Access ServicesRule2017-1071306/02/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, a Report and Order provides a new framework for deregulating Business Data Services in areas where competitive forces are able to ensure just and reasonable rates. Acknowledging the presence of increased competiti … In this document, a Report and Order provides a new framework for deregulating Business Data Services in areas where competitive forces are able to ensure just and reasonable rates. Acknowledging the presence of increased competition evidenced by the record in this proceeding, the Federal Communications Commission amends its rules to reflect changes in the business data services marketplace. By adopting this framework the Commission acts to further bolster competition and investment in business data services, and takes further steps to decrease the cost of broadband infrastructure deployment.business-data-services-in-an-internet-protocol-environment-technology-transitions-special-access-forFR-Doc-2017-10713
Connect America Fund, ETC Annual Reports and Certifications, Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation RegimeRule2017-1009905/19/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) grants the Petition for Reconsideration filed by NTCA--The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) of the Commission's Rate-of-Return Reform Order with respect to the av … In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) grants the Petition for Reconsideration filed by NTCA--The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) of the Commission's Rate-of-Return Reform Order with respect to the average per-location, per-project construction limitation on universal service support provided for in the Rate-of-Return Reform Order. Amending the rule as described below will encourage carriers to plan cost-effective broadband deployment projects that include higher-cost locations, while maintaining adequate incentives for the efficient use of universal service funds.connect-america-fund-etc-annual-reports-and-certifications-developing-a-unified-intercarrierFR-Doc-2017-10099
Promoting Technological Solutions To Combat Contraband Wireless Device Use in Correctional FacilitiesRule2017-0988505/18/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission adopts rules to streamline the process of deploying contraband wireless device interdiction systems in correctional facilities. This action will reduce the costs of deploying s … In this document, the Federal Communications Commission adopts rules to streamline the process of deploying contraband wireless device interdiction systems in correctional facilities. This action will reduce the costs of deploying solutions and ensure that they can be deployed more quickly and efficiently. In particular, the Commission eliminates certain filing requirements and provides for immediate approval of the lease applications needed to operate these systems.promoting-technological-solutions-to-combat-contraband-wireless-device-use-in-correctionalFR-Doc-2017-09885
Promoting Technological Solutions To Combat Contraband Wireless Device Use in Correctional FacilitiesProposed Rule2017-0988605/18/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission seeks additional comment on a broad range of steps the Commission can take to help eliminate the problem of contraband wireless devices in correctional facilities. In particu … In this document, the Federal Communications Commission seeks additional comment on a broad range of steps the Commission can take to help eliminate the problem of contraband wireless devices in correctional facilities. In particular, the Commission proposes a process for wireless providers to disable contraband wireless devices once they have been identified. The Commission seeks comment on additional methods and technologies that might prove successful in combating contraband device use in correctional facilities, and on various other proposals related to the authorization process for contraband interdiction systems and the deployment of these systems.promoting-technological-solutions-to-combat-contraband-wireless-device-use-in-correctionalFR-Doc-2017-09886
Advanced Methods To Target and Eliminate Unlawful RobocallsProposed Rule2017-0946305/17/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Commission invites comment on proposed changes to its rules implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and to its call completion rules. The Commission proposes rules to codify the clarification contained … In this document, the Commission invites comment on proposed changes to its rules implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and to its call completion rules. The Commission proposes rules to codify the clarification contained in the 2016 Guidance PN that providers may block calls when the subscriber to a particular telephone number requests that calls originating from that number be blocked; permit providers to block calls originating from invalid numbers; permit providers to block calls originating from valid numbers that are not allocated to a voice service provider; and permit providers to block calls originating from valid numbers that are allocated but not assigned to a subscriber. In addition, the Commission seeks comment on the possibility of permitting providers to block calls in other situations where the calls to be blocked are reasonably likely to be illegal based upon objective criteria.advanced-methods-to-target-and-eliminate-unlawful-robocallsFR-Doc-2017-09463
Comprehensive Review of the Uniform System of Accounts, Jurisdictional Separations and Referral to the Federal-State Joint BoardRule2017-0717505/04/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) completes its proceeding to review the Uniform System of Accounts (USOA) to minimize the compliance burdens on carriers while ensuring that the agency retains access … In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) completes its proceeding to review the Uniform System of Accounts (USOA) to minimize the compliance burdens on carriers while ensuring that the agency retains access to the information it needs to fulfill its regulatory duties.comprehensive-review-of-the-uniform-system-of-accounts-jurisdictional-separations-and-referral-toFR-Doc-2017-07175
Review of Foreign Ownership Policies for Broadcast, Common Carrier and Aeronautical Radio LicenseesRule2017-0780804/20/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of three years, information collection requirements adopted in the Commission's Re … In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of three years, information collection requirements adopted in the Commission's Report and Order, FCC 16-128. This document is consistent with the Report and Order, which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing OMB approval and the effective date of the rules.review-of-foreign-ownership-policies-for-broadcast-common-carrier-and-aeronautical-radio-licenseesFR-Doc-2017-07808
Reporting Requirements for U.S. Providers of International Services; 2016 Biennial Review of Telecommunications RegulationsProposed Rule2017-0754704/17/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) seeks comment on the federal need for the international services reporting requirements set forth in the Commission's rules. Those reporti … In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) seeks comment on the federal need for the international services reporting requirements set forth in the Commission's rules. Those reporting requirements are the annual Traffic and Revenue Reports and the Circuit Capacity Reports. The Commission believes these reports are no longer necessary in their current form. The Commission proposes to eliminate the annual Traffic and Revenue Reports altogether, and seeks comment on whether there are ways to further streamline the Circuit Capacity Reports.reporting-requirements-for-us-providers-of-international-services-2016-biennial-review-ofFR-Doc-2017-07547
FCC Seeks Comment on Reform of Rules Governing the Cellular Service and Other Public Mobile ServicesProposed Rule2017-0754904/14/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) proposes and seeks comment on reforms of its rules governing the 800 MHz Cellular (Cellular) Service and other Public Mobile Services. Specifically, the Commission pr … In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) proposes and seeks comment on reforms of its rules governing the 800 MHz Cellular (Cellular) Service and other Public Mobile Services. Specifically, the Commission proposes to eliminate four rules that impose requirements on licensees in these services concerning station inspections, records retention and production, operators at station control points, and the filing of certain employment reports. The Commission believes that the existing requirements may disadvantage the affected licensees, as compared to licensees of other wireless spectrum bands, or may no longer be necessary in today's digital age, or for which the benefits may no longer outweigh the costs and burdens of compliance. The Commission also seeks comment on whether other measures could be taken to give Public Mobile Services licensees more flexibility and administrative relief, and on ways to consolidate and simplify its rules, not only for the Cellular Service, but also other geographically licensed wireless services. In this regard, the Commission considers a possible relocation of rules governing certain flexibly licensed wireless services.fcc-seeks-comment-on-reform-of-rules-governing-the-cellular-service-and-other-public-mobile-servicesFR-Doc-2017-07549
Cellular Service, Including Changes in Licensing of Unserved AreaRule2017-0715404/12/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopts revised rules governing the 800 MHz Cellular Radiotelephone (Cellular) Service. The Commission revises the outdated Cellular radiated power rules and related t … In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopts revised rules governing the 800 MHz Cellular Radiotelephone (Cellular) Service. The Commission revises the outdated Cellular radiated power rules and related technical provisions, most notably allowing licensees the option to comply with power spectral density (PSD) power limits, while also safeguarding systems that share the 800 MHz band, especially public safety systems, from increased unacceptable interference. These updated rules will allow Cellular licensees to deploy advanced mobile broadband services such as long term evolution (LTE) more efficiently. The Cellular licensing rule revisions continue the transition to a geographic-based regime by eliminating certain filing requirements, and also eliminate the comparative hearing process for Cellular license renewals. Both the technical and licensing reforms provide Cellular licensees with more flexibility, reduce administrative burdens, and enable Cellular licensees to respond more quickly--and at lower cost--to changing market conditions and consumer demand. They also promote similar treatment across competing commercial wireless spectrum bands.cellular-service-including-changes-in-licensing-of-unserved-areaFR-Doc-2017-07154
Connect America Fund; Universal Service Reform-Mobility FundRule2017-0566503/28/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopts the framework to allocate funds to assist in the deployment of 4G LTE to areas that are so costly that the private sector has not yet deployed there and to pr … In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopts the framework to allocate funds to assist in the deployment of 4G LTE to areas that are so costly that the private sector has not yet deployed there and to preserve such service where it might not otherwise exist. This framework redirects funding from legacy subsidies and distributes them through the Mobility Fund Phase II and Tribal Mobility Fund Phase II, using market-based, multi-round reverse auctions, and contains defined, concrete compliance requirements to help ensure rural consumers will be adequately served by mobile carriers receiving universal support.connect-america-fund-universal-service-reform-mobility-fundFR-Doc-2017-05665
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