Radio World: FCC Publishes Pirate Enforcement Database

Radio World: FCC Publishes Pirate Enforcement Database. “The PIRATE Act became law three years ago. But thanks to the pandemic and delays in funding, the Federal Communications Commission has been slow in carrying out several of the law’s requirements. Now the FCC has published a database listing the people against whom it has taken pirate radio enforcement actions. It has posted field agent openings, begun sweeps of major markets and planned the purchase of a half-dozen specialized vehicles.”

Engadget: Robocall company may receive the largest FCC fine ever

Engadget: Robocall company may receive the largest FCC fine ever. “The FCC has proposed a $299,997,000 fine against ‘the largest robocall firm’ it has ever investigated, the regulator announced. It would be the FCC’s largest fine ever, and targets a firm that made over 5 billion calls in three months, enough ‘to have called each person in the United States 15 times,’ it wrote.”

The Verge: FCC threatens to block calls from carriers for letting robocalls run rampant

The Verge: FCC threatens to block calls from carriers for letting robocalls run rampant. “On Monday, the FCC announced that it was beginning the process to remove providers from the agency’s Robocall Mitigation Database for failing to fully implement STIR/SHAKEN anti-robocall protocols into their networks. If the companies fail to meet these requirements over the next two weeks, compliant providers will be forced to block their calls.”

Status Update: Mapping Where Broadband Is—and Is Not—Available in the U.S. (FCC)

FCC: Status Update: Mapping Where Broadband Is—and Is Not—Available in the U.S.. “For as long as people have been talking about the digital divide, there have been complaints that we lack detailed maps to tell us exactly where broadband is—and is not—available…. Congress took up this challenge in March 2020 when it passed the Broadband DATA Act instructing the FCC to create a publicly accessible, data-based nationwide map of where fixed and mobile broadband is truly available throughout the United States…. Over the past 18 months, we’ve been doing that work and making a lot of progress. I wanted to give people a brief of the latest key developments.”

Ars Technica: FCC says it closed a loophole that many robocallers used to evade blocking

Ars Technica: FCC says it closed a loophole that many robocallers used to evade blocking. “Large voice providers were required to implement STIR/SHAKEN a year ago. But there was an exemption for carriers with 100,000 or fewer customers that would have given those smaller companies until June 30, 2023, to comply. The FCC voted in December to move that deadline up to June 30, 2022, because small phone companies were apparently carrying a disproportionately high number of illegal robocalls.”

CNET: FCC Looks to Update Rural Broadband Subsidy Program

CNET: FCC Looks to Update Rural Broadband Subsidy Program. “The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday [May 19] to begin a process to update a universal service subsidy program meant to get broadband to areas of the country that are the hardest and most expensive to reach. The agency is looking to increase the speed obligation for subsidy recipients to 100 megabits per second for downloads and 20 Mbps for uploads.”

The Verge: FCC unanimously approves ‘nutrition labels’ for broadband services

The Verge: FCC unanimously approves ‘nutrition labels’ for broadband services. “The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to press forward on a new plan that would require internet providers, like Comcast and Verizon, to offer new labels disclosing an internet plan’s price, speed, data allowances, including introductory rates and later price hikes, as well as network management practices, like throttling, at the point of sale.”