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Bill to Make 988 the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Hotline Heads to the President’s Desk

The Federal Communications Commission is laying the groundwork to launch by mid-2022.

After Decision Upholding FCC’s 5G Rules, Cities Now Weighing Appeal

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals largely upheld FCC rules limiting local government’s ability to regulate 5G infrastructure and cap fees. Cities involved in the case have until Sept. 28 to file an appeal, but some experts say the ruling wasn’t all bad.

It’s Time to Shore up the Universal Service Fund So It Can Live up to Its Name

Congress needs to create a solution that reflects how Americans actually use telecommunications services rather than how we once did.

FCC Estimates Replacing Chinese Telecom Equipment Will Cost at Least $1.6 Billion

A key lawmaker echoed calls from the agency’s chairman for Congress to appropriate the money.

Senators Push FCC to Increase Funding for Rural Health Care Program

The program helps expand access to telehealth services in rural and remote areas.

New Team Telecom Recommendation Doesn’t Bode Well for U.S.-China Connections

The Justice Department-led commission cited Chinese cybersecurity laws in spurning an undersea cable that would vastly improve the speed and capacity of data transfers to the region.

FCC Proposes $225 Million Fine for Telemarketers Behind Massive Robocall Operation

The automated calls misled those who answered into thinking they were from major health insurance providers.

Senators Call for Legislation to Ensure Security Reviews of Foreign Telecoms

The bipartisan report says a recent executive order on the issue doesn’t go far enough.

Pentagon, Senators Blast FCC Decision to Let Company Share GPS Spectrum

Space Force chief, Pentagon tech leaders, and the Armed Services chairman led calls to reconsider the controversial license for Ligado.

FCC Wants Help Interpreting Law to Fund Replacement of Huawei, ZTE Equipment

The commission is giving stakeholders 15 days to weigh in on a related rulemaking.

Bill Proposes $2 Billion to Help Students Get Online During the Pandemic

The legislation would mandate the Federal Communications Commission to distribute funds for Wi-Fi hotspots and other devices for internet connectivity.

How a Slice of Spectrum Split the U.S. Government

The head of the Federal Communications Commission wants to allow a satellite company access in the interest of 5G despite objections from Defense, Commerce and other departments and agencies. 

Executive Order Lays Out Timelines for National Security Reviews of Foreign Telecom Providers

FCC Chairman says the agency will now act on a rulemaking it’s been sitting on since 2016.

FCC’s Telehealth Plans Reach Beyond COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Provision  

The moment has spurred the agency to also finalize a longer-term pilot project for connected care.

FCC Issues Waiver For Telecom Supporting Zoom and WebEx Traffic

Without the waiver, Inteliquent would be subject to “significant cost increases” that would prevent the companies from offering free teleconference services.