The Regulatory Mix

The Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court, issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Regulatory Bulletin.




The FCC approved a restructuring proposal by SMS/800, Inc. (SMS/800), which oversees the toll free Service Management System (SMS). SMS/800 will: (1) change its membership and governance structure to be more representative of the community of SMS users; and (2) assume tariffing authority and responsibility for SMS services. The expanded Board will include representatives from Responsible Organizations (RespOrgs) and Service Control Point (SCP) Owner/Operators, as well as independent non-industry members. See TMI Bulletin dated 11/6/13.


The FCC is seeking comment on two petitions concerning the enforcement of its new telemarketing rules that became effective October 16, 2013. The first petition was filed by the Coalition of Mobile Engagement Providers (Coalition). It seeks clarification that the new rules do not nullify written express consents to receive mobile marketing calls that were provided by consumers before October 16, 2013. The second petition was filed by the Direct Marketing Association. It asks the FCC to forbear from enforcing the specific disclosure requirements in the new rules to previously obtained written agreements that comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s requirements. Comments on both petitions are due December 2, 1013; reply comments are due December 17, 2013. See TMI Bulletin dated 11/4/13.



The Alabama Public Service Commission has extended the deadline for filing comments on Staff’s proposed changes to the PSC’s rules for inmate calling service (ICS). The new comment date is December 6, 2013. The original deadline was November 8, 2013. See TMI Bulletin dated 11/6/13.


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