Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces New Outreach and Education Website, Minnesota Governor Announces New National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call Centers
FCC Announces New Outreach and Education Website
Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced this morning that the FCC is seeking outreach partners to help share important consumer information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit – an FCC program being developed to provide relief to households that are struggling to pay for internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the effort to inform consumers about the upcoming Emergency Broadband Benefit, the FCC has established a new website where stakeholders can sign up to help promote this new program. The website can be found at fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit. As the program is developed, the website will also be a resource for consumers and stakeholders to get the latest information on the Emergency Broadband Benefit.
Minnesota Governor Announces New National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call Centers
Governor Tim Walz announced that Minnesota callers seeking support through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will now receive fast, localized support thanks to the opening of four new call centers in Minnesota.
“It is paramount that we prioritize the mental health needs of Minnesotans, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic has presented many unprecedented challenges. We know that this has been an incredibly difficult time for Minnesotans,” said Governor Walz. “These four new call centers will ensure Minnesotans receive fast access to trained counselors locally. If you need help, please reach out. The Lifeline network is a free and confidential resource available 24/7 to everyone.”
Recent Regulatory Briefings Headlines from Inteserra:
- FCC Announces Initial Reporting Date for Disconnect Data to the RNDA
- FCC Issues Declaratory Ruling on Pole Replacement Cost Allocation
- FCC Updates TCPA Exemptions
- Hawaii Further Extends COVID Related Prohibition on Disconnections; Requires Payment Plans and Prohibits Late Fees
- Kansas Increases USF Assessment Rate
- Minnesota Decreases TAP Surcharge; Provides Annual Customer Notice Template
- Oregon Adopts Temporary Increase to Telephone Assistance Program
The Regulatory Mix, Inteserra’s blog of telecom related 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 an Inteserra Briefing.