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Modernizing Common Carrier RulesRule2017-2277010/20/2017Federal 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
Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications ServicesRule2017-2013709/21/2017Federal 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
Protecting Consumers From Unauthorized Carrier Changes and Related Unauthorized ChargesProposed Rule2017-1696108/14/2017Federal 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 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
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 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
Advanced Methods To Target and Eliminate Unlawful RobocallsProposed Rule2017-0946305/17/2017Federal 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
Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications ServicesRule2016-2800612/02/2016Federal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopts final rules based on public comments applying the privacy requirements of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, to broadband Internet access servi … In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopts final rules based on public comments applying the privacy requirements of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, to broadband Internet access service (BIAS) and other telecommunications services. In adopting these rules the Commission implements the statutory requirement that telecommunications carriers protect the confidentiality of customer proprietary information. The privacy framework in these rules focuses on transparency, choice, and data security, and provides heightened protection for sensitive customer information, consistent with customer expectations. The rules require carriers to provide privacy notices that clearly and accurately inform customers; obtain opt-in or opt-out customer approval to use and share sensitive or non-sensitive customer proprietary information, respectively; take reasonable measures to secure customer proprietary information; provide notification to customers, the Commission, and law enforcement in the event of data breaches that could result in harm; not condition provision of service on the surrender of privacy rights; and provide heightened notice and obtain affirmative consent when offering financial incentives in exchange for the right to use a customer's confidential information. The Commission also revises its current telecommunications privacy rules to harmonize today's privacy rules for all telecommunications carriers, and provides a tailored exemption from these rules for enterprise customers of telecommunications services other than BIAS.protecting-the-privacy-of-customers-of-broadband-and-other-telecommunications-servicesFR-Doc-2016-28006
Rates for Interstate Inmate Calling ServicesRule2016-2163709/13/2016Federal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Commission continues its reform of the inmate calling services (ICS) marketplace by responding to points raised in a petition filed by Michael S. Hamden, seeking reconsideration of certain aspects of the Commissio … In this document, the Commission continues its reform of the inmate calling services (ICS) marketplace by responding to points raised in a petition filed by Michael S. Hamden, seeking reconsideration of certain aspects of the Commission's 2015 ICS Order. Specifically, the Commission amends its rate caps to better allow ICS providers to recover costs incurred as a result of providing inmate calling services, including the costs of reimbursing facilities for any costs they may incur that are reasonably and directly related to the provision of service. The Order also clarifies the definition of ``mandatory taxes and fees'' and addresses other arguments raised by Mr. Hamden.rates-for-interstate-inmate-calling-servicesFR-Doc-2016-21637
Technology Transitions, Policies and Rules Governing Retirement of Copper Loops by Incumbent Local Exchange CarriersRule2016-2021509/12/2016Federal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) initiated this rulemaking in August 2015 to help guide and accelerate the transitions from networks based on TDM circuit-switched voice services running on copper lo … In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) initiated this rulemaking in August 2015 to help guide and accelerate the transitions from networks based on TDM circuit-switched voice services running on copper loops to all-IP multi-media networks using copper, co-axial cable, wireless, and fiber as physical infrastructure. In this Second Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration, we take several actions aimed at stripping away anachronistic rules while ensuring that competition continues to thrive and consumers are protected during technology transitions.technology-transitions-policies-and-rules-governing-retirement-of-copper-loops-by-incumbent-localFR-Doc-2016-20215
Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications ServicesProposed Rule2016-0845804/20/2016Federal Communications CommissionThe Federal Communications Commission initiates a rulemaking seeking public comment on how to apply the privacy requirements of the Communications Act to broadband Internet access service (BIAS). This Notice of Proposed Rulemakin … The Federal Communications Commission initiates a rulemaking seeking public comment on how to apply the privacy requirements of the Communications Act to broadband Internet access service (BIAS). This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) focuses on transparency, choice, and data security, in a manner that is consistent with the Commission's history of protecting privacy, the Federal Trade Commission's leadership, and various sector-specific statutory approaches, tailored to the particular circumstances that consumers face when they use broadband networks and with an understanding of the particular nature and technologies underlying those networks. The NPRM would recognize that consumers cannot give their permission for the use of protected data unless relevant broadband provider practices are transparent. The NPRM proposes a framework to ensure that consumers; understand what data the broadband provider is collecting and what it does with that information; can decide how their information is used; and are protected against the unauthorized disclosure of their information. The NPRM also seeks comment on a number of closely-related questions.protecting-the-privacy-of-customers-of-broadband-and-other-telecommunications-servicesFR-Doc-2016-08458
Rates for Interstate Inmate Calling ServicesRule2015-3125212/18/2015Federal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopts comprehensive reforms of Inmate Calling Services, regardless of the technology used to provide service, to ensure just reasonable and fair rates as mandated by … In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopts comprehensive reforms of Inmate Calling Services, regardless of the technology used to provide service, to ensure just reasonable and fair rates as mandated by the Communications Act.rates-for-interstate-inmate-calling-servicesFR-Doc-2015-31252
Technology Transitions, Policies and Rules Governing Retirement of Copper Loops by Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers and Special Access for Price Cap Local Exchange CarriersRule2015-2450510/19/2015Federal Communications CommissionThe Commission initiated this rulemaking in January 2015 to help guide and accelerate the technological revolutions that are underway involving the transitions from networks based on TDM circuit- switched voice services running on cop … The Commission initiated this rulemaking in January 2015 to help guide and accelerate the technological revolutions that are underway involving the transitions from networks based on TDM circuit- switched voice services running on copper loops to all-IP multi-media networks using copper, co-axial cable, wireless, and fiber as physical infrastructure. This rulemaking and order on reconsideration is only one of a series of Commission actions to protect core values and ensure the success of these technology transitions. In this item, we take steps to ensure that competition continues to thrive and to protect consumers during transitions. These steps will help to ensure that the technology transitions continue to succeed.technology-transitions-policies-and-rules-governing-retirement-of-copper-loops-by-incumbent-localFR-Doc-2015-24505
Technology Transitions, Policies and Rules Governing Retirement of Copper Loops by Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers and Special Access for Price Cap Local Exchange CarriersProposed Rule2015-2362309/25/2015Federal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Commission takes further action on a rulemaking it initiated in January 6, 2015, to help guide and accelerate the technological revolutions that are underway involving the transitions from networks based on TDM ci … In this document, the Commission takes further action on a rulemaking it initiated in January 6, 2015, to help guide and accelerate the technological revolutions that are underway involving the transitions from networks based on TDM circuit-switched voice services running on copper loops to all-IP multi-media networks using copper, co-axial cable, wireless, and fiber as physical infrastructure. This Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) is only one of a series of Commission actions to protect core values and ensure the success of these technology transitions. In this FNPRM, we take steps to ensure that competition continues to thrive and to protect consumers during transitions. These steps will help to ensure that the technology transitions continue to succeed.technology-transitions-policies-and-rules-governing-retirement-of-copper-loops-by-incumbent-localFR-Doc-2015-23623
Modernizing Common Carrier RulesProposed Rule2015-1047005/06/2015Federal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) initiates a rulemaking that seeks to update the Commission's rules to better reflect current requirements and technology by removing outmoded regulations from the … In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) initiates a rulemaking that seeks to update the Commission's rules to better reflect current requirements and technology by removing outmoded regulations from the CFR. The Commission proposes to update the CFR by eliminating certain rules from which the Commission has forborn and eliminating references to telegraph service in certain rules. The Commission would clarify regulatory requirements, and modernize our rules to better reflect the state of the current telecommunications market.modernizing-common-carrier-rulesFR-Doc-2015-10470
Implementation of the Truth in Caller ID ActRule2011-1816507/20/2011Federal Communications CommissionIn this Report and Order (Order), the Commission adopts rules to implement the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009 (Truth in Caller ID Act, or Act). The Truth in Caller ID Act, and the Commission's implementing rules, prohibit any pe … In this Report and Order (Order), the Commission adopts rules to implement the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009 (Truth in Caller ID Act, or Act). The Truth in Caller ID Act, and the Commission's implementing rules, prohibit any person or entity from knowingly altering or manipulating caller identification information with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value.implementation-of-the-truth-in-caller-id-actFR-Doc-2011-18165
Reporting Requirements for U.S. Providers of International Telecommunications ServicesRule2011-1815607/19/2011Federal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) concludes that it should eliminate outdated and unnecessary reporting requirements related to international telecommunications traffic for which the burdens on U.S. i … In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) concludes that it should eliminate outdated and unnecessary reporting requirements related to international telecommunications traffic for which the burdens on U.S. international service providers outweigh the benefits. Specifically, the Commission finds four information collections are no longer necessary and removes them from its rules: The division of telegraph tolls report; the quarterly large carrier traffic report; the quarterly foreign- affiliated switched resale carrier report; and the circuit-addition report. The Commission also finds that the annual traffic and revenue reports and annual circuit status reports can be simplified by removing the requirement to separately report for off-shore U.S. points.reporting-requirements-for-us-providers-of-international-telecommunications-servicesFR-Doc-2011-18156
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Invites Comment on Draft Environmental Notice Requirements and Interim Procedures Affecting the Antenna Structure Registration ProgramProposed Rule2011-778504/05/2011Federal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Bureau invites comment, pursuant to the rules of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), on draft rules and interim procedures designed to ensure that the environmental effects of proposed communications towe … In this document, the Bureau invites comment, pursuant to the rules of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), on draft rules and interim procedures designed to ensure that the environmental effects of proposed communications towers, including their effects on migratory birds, are fully considered prior to construction.wireless-telecommunications-bureau-invites-comment-on-draft-environmental-notice-requirements-andFR-Doc-2011-7785
Implementation of the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009Proposed Rule2011-687703/23/2011Federal Communications CommissionIn this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the Commission proposes rules to implement the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009. The proposed rules prohibit caller ID spoofing done with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obta … In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the Commission proposes rules to implement the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009. The proposed rules prohibit caller ID spoofing done with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value. The Commission also seeks comments that will assist the Commission in preparing a statutorily required report to Congress on whether additional legislation is necessary to prohibit the provision of inaccurate caller identification information in technologies that are successor or replacement technologies to telecommunications services or IP-enabled voice services.implementation-of-the-truth-in-caller-id-act-of-2009FR-Doc-2011-6877
Elimination of the Commission's Rules Governing International Fixed Public Radiocommunication ServicesRule2010-326202/23/2010Federal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopts the proposal in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in this proceeding, to eliminate that portion of the Commission's rules governing International Fixed Public Radioco … In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopts the proposal in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in this proceeding, to eliminate that portion of the Commission's rules governing International Fixed Public Radiocommunication Services (IFPRS). The elimination of these rules is to facilitate coordination of facilities and services in the C-band (3700-4200 MHz and 5926-6425 MHz).elimination-of-the-commissions-rules-governing-international-fixed-public-radiocommunicationFR-Doc-2010-3262
IP-Enabled ServicesRuleE9-1871608/07/2009Federal Communications CommissionThis document amends the Commission's rules so that providers of interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service will be required to comply with the same discontinuance rules as domestic non- dominant telecommunications ca … This document amends the Commission's rules so that providers of interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service will be required to comply with the same discontinuance rules as domestic non- dominant telecommunications carriers. These rules protect consumers of interconnected VoIP service from the abrupt discontinuance, reduction or impairment of their service by requiring prior notice to customers and the filing of an application with the Commission.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2009/08/07/E9-18716/ip-enabled-servicesFR-Doc-E9-18716
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