Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Reminds Carriers and VoIP Providers of Annual CPNI Certificates, Texas Broadband Access is Deemed an Emergency in Governor’s State of the State Address, Wi-Fi Alliance Predicts Global Economic Value to Reach $5 Trillion in 2025
FCC Reminds Carriers and VoIP Providers of Annual CPNI Certifications
The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has released a public notice to remind telecommunications carriers and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers of their obligation to file their annual certification documenting compliance with the Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) rules by March 1, 2021.
The protection of CPNI is of paramount importance, as it includes sensitive personal information that carriers collect about their customers during the course of their business relationship (e.g., telephone numbers of calls made and received; the frequency, duration, location, and timing of such calls; and any services purchased by the consumer, such as call waiting and voicemail). The Commission’s rules seek to ensure that CPNI is adequately protected from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.
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Texas Broadband Access is Deemed an Emergency in Governor’s State of the State Address
In his State of the State Address, Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared this week that “broadband access is not a luxury—it is an essential tool that must be available for all Texans. That’s why I am making the expansion of broadband access an emergency item this session.”
Wi-Fi Alliance Predicts Global Economic Value to Reach $5 Trillion in 2025
A new study commissioned by Wi-Fi Alliance® estimates the current annual global economic value of Wi-Fi® will reach $3.3 trillion in 2021, and projects it will reach $4.9 trillion by 2025. These forecasts suggest an increase of nearly $3 trillion in value from 2018 to 2025 – a 150 percent growth – underscoring Wi-Fi is a very significant global economic engine.
Wi-Fi’s economic value in 15 economies was assessed based on several key factors and global developments impacting the Wi-Fi industry. Calculations of each factor – including free Wi-Fi access, residential and enterprise savings, Wi-Fi 6 adoption, availability of 6 GHz spectrum, and the coronavirus pandemic – were combined with implications specific to each country to develop the economic value.
Recent Briefings from Inteserra:
- FCC Adopts More DODC Rules Parts 1: DODC Reporting and Process for Continuing 477 and Part 2: Verification and Challenge Process
- FCC Announces Reassigned Number Database Technical Specifications
- FCC Issues Declaratory Ruling on Pole Replacement Cost Allocation
- FCC Reports on the 833 Toll Free Auction – 1/27/21
- FCC Updates TCPA Exemptions
- 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.