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.
DOT Launches First-Ever National Distracted Driving Enforcement and Advertising Campaign. See more on DoT announcement here.
The North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA) announced (Planning Letter 479) that based upon the available supply of 5XX-NXXs and the forecasted demand as provided via the February 1, 2015, Numbering Resource Utilization and Reporting submission cycle, the 5XX-NXX resource is projected to exhaust in the second half of 2015. The Industry Numbering Committee has agreed that the 588 NPA will be used as the next 5XX NPA. NANPA will continue to keep the industry posted on the current supply of 500, 533, 544, 566 and 577 NXXs and when assignments from the new 588 NPA will commence.
The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice providing guidance to eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) on the process to elect the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to perform lifeline recertification for their subscribers in 2015. ETCs must provide notice to USAC by May 1, 2015, if they intend to have USAC perform the recertification process on their behalf for 2015. Any ETC that used USAC to perform recertification in 2014 will be presumed to elect USAC to perform recertification in 2015 unless the carrier notifies USAC otherwise by May 1, 2015.
The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) will host a public workshop to discuss developments in the use of applications (or “apps”) installed on smartphones and other devices to contact emergency services. Topics addressed in the workshop will include: how existing apps are assisting in the provision of 911 service, how 911 network architecture affects requirements for app design and delivery, and future steps needed to encourage further development and integration of 911 apps into the broader 911 ecosystem (for example, location-based apps that could assist PSAPs in locating 911 callers). The workshop will be held on May 8, 2015, at the FCC’s headquarters. Audio/video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live at www.fcc.gov/live.
NEW Workshop! We have dates for a 2nd Workshop this spring! Dates for Spring 2 are May 18 & 19, 2015!