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Updated Lifeline Minimum Service Standards Effective December 1st | FCC Report – August 2020
The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice on July 21st announcing updated minimum service standards for Lifeline-supported fixed and mobile broadband services. The standards will take effect on December 1st.
Fixed broadband minimum service standards - The Lifeline minimum service standard for fixed broadband speed will be 25/3 Mbps. There is an exception to the fixed broadband minimum service speed standard when the Lifeline provider does not offer any generally available residential fixed broadband packages that meet the minimum service standard at a subscriber’s residence. In these situations, the Lifeline provider may receive Lifeline support for the highest performing generally available residential fixed broadband service offering of at least 4/1 Mbps. The Lifeline minimum service standard for fixed broadband data usage will be 1,024 GB per month. (Subscribe for more information)
FCC Adopts New Rules for Improved Collection and Mapping of Broadband Availability Data | FCC Report – August 2020
On July 17th, the FCC released a Second Report and Order and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) on the Digital Opportunity Data Collection, which was first adopted in August 2019. (See August 2019 FCC Report for a detailed article.) Under this new data collection, all broadband Internet access service providers will be required to submit granular data on the availability and quality of their broadband service. This data will be used to produce detailed, precise broadband service coverage maps that will enable the Commission to target universal service funding to areas where broadband service is unavailable. (Subscribe for more information)
FCC Adopts Safe Harbors for Call Blocking | FCC Report – August 2020
The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED Act) directs the FCC, among other things, to adopt rules establishing when a voice service provider may block a voice call based on information provided by the call authentication frameworks. It also directs the FCC to establish a safe harbor from liability for unintended or inadvertent blocking of wanted calls. In a Report and Order released July 17th, the FCC has adopted two safe harbors from liability under the Communications Act and the Commission’s rules for certain call blocking by voice service providers. (Subscribe for more information)
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