Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Releases List of Equipment and Services Posing a Threat to National Security, FCC’s Rosenworcel Welcomes Passage of Legislation that Would Create $7.1 Billion Emergency Connectivity Fund for Remote Learning, US House Energy and Commerce Committee Members Insist on Transparency and Accountability in Letters to Facebook, Google, and Twitter
FCC Releases List of Equipment and Services Posing a Threat to National Security
Consistent with requirements in the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau today released a list of communications equipment and services that have been deemed a threat to national security. The list includes five Chinese companies that produce telecommunications equipment and services that have been found to pose an unacceptable risk to U.S. national security or the security and safety of U.S. persons. They include Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE Corp., Hytera Communications Corp., Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., and Dahua Technology Co.
FCC’s Rosenworcel Welcomes Passage of Legislation that Creates $7.1 Billion Emergency Connectivity Fund for Remote Learning
FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel issued a statement on passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021:
“The nation’s Homework Gap has never been more evident than during this pandemic with the move to remote learning. So, passage of the American Rescue Plan which would create the Emergency Connectivity Fund is welcome news. That’s because millions of students are locked out of the virtual classroom right now. They can’t do daily schoolwork. They’re the kids sitting outside of the fast-food restaurant just trying to catch a Wi-Fi signal to go to class. “Recent estimates suggest the Homework Gap may affect as many as 17 million kids with recent data suggesting as many as one in three Black, Latinx, and American Indian/Alaska Native students lack high-speed internet access at home. The Emergency Connectivity Fund could make a major difference in our ability to help these families and students. The new funding can be used to pay for eligible equipment and services for schools and libraries to provide to students who need them. If enacted into law, we look forward to implementing this program so that every student can get the connection they now need for class.”
US House Energy and Commerce GOP Members Insist on Transparency and Accountability in Letters to Facebook, Google, and Twitter
Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and committee Republicans issued letters to Facebook, Google, and Twitter insisting on transparency and accountability from Big Tech.
The letters ask companies to:
- Identify their processes and policies for content flagging, removal, and user de-platforming decisions;
- Identify their processes for determining content distribution reductions on their platforms, particularly in regards to political content;
- Elaborating on their processes for managing and monitoring for illicit content on their platforms;
- Explain any coordination they participate in with other tech companies when making content decisions;
- How decisions are made to tailor or adjust content algorithms on their platforms, and whether those decisions are to drive certain content or narratives based on the political leaning of such content;
- And explain any efforts undertaken to support local news and traditional media.
Recent Briefings from Inteserra!
California Extends Suspension of Some Lifeline Processes; Requires Non-Usage Notices to Mirror FCC
Colorado Proposes Permanent Rule Revisions to Implement Statewide 9-1-1 Surcharge
FCC Adopts Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Order
FCC Further Extends Waiver of Certain Lifeline Requirements
FCC Seeks Comment on Proposed Limited STIR/SHAKEN Oversight Role
New Mexico Issues Deadline for Federal RDOF Auction ETC Applications
Texas Increases Maximum Access Line Fees for Use of Public Rights-Of-Way for Year 2021
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.