Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Promotes its Speed Test App, New ten-Digit Dialing in Texas


speed test app shutterstock_1623727084FCC Promotes its Speed Test App 

The FCC is seeking the public’s assistance in creating a comprehensive, nationwide broadband coverage map.   Part of the Broadband Data Collection program requires the FCC to collect comprehensive data on broadband availability across the United States.  To this end, the FCC is encouraging the public to download the FCC’s Speed Test app, which collects and submits data of mobile and in-home broadband networks. More information about the app is available on the FCC website. The FCC Speed Test App is available in the Google Play Store for Android devices, and in the Apple App Store for iOS devices. 


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TX PUC-sealNew Ten-Digit Dialing in Texas 

The Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced that customers in the 254, 361, 409, 806, 830, 915 and 940 area codes will be required to dial ten digits for local calls as of October 24, 2021.  April 24, 2021 begins a permissive period during which time callers in the affected area codes can still complete calls with seven-digit dialing.  Accordingly, the PUC is reminding customers in these areas codes to reprogram important safety and security equipment, such as medical alert devices and alarm and security systems, with ten-digit dialing. 


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