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 Briefing.
The FCC released a Small Entity Compliance Guide designed to help small entities comply with the FCC’s Open Internet rules. The Guide provides background on the rules, definitions, a summary of the rules, and an explanation of what the rules do and do not require. The Guide also reviews the reporting, recordkeeping, and other transparency requirements for small entities.
Competition in the Video Marketplace
The FCC’s Media Bureau announced that on March 21, 2016, it would hold the first of two workshops to examine competition, diversity, and innovation in the video marketplace. The first workshop will explore trends in the video marketplace as well as challenges faced by distributors of video programming.
Panels will discuss:
- Evolution of the Video Marketplace and the Future of Television;
- Challenges Faced by Multichannel Video Programming Distributors;
- and Challenges Faced by Online Video Distributors.
The workshop is open to the public. The live broadcast can be viewed at www.fcc.gov/live.
In a blog posting, NTIA Administrator Larry Strickling announced that the agency is beginning the process of reviewing the Internet stakeholder community’s proposal to transition oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from NTIA to the community itself. NTIA hopes to complete the process within 90 days and determine whether the proposal meets the criteria outlined when the transition was announced:
- First, the proposal must support and enhance the multistakeholder model of Internet governance, in that it should be developed by the multistakeholder community and have broad community support. NTIA will not accept a transition proposal that replaces the agency’s role with a government-led or intergovernmental organization solution.
- Second, the proposal must maintain the security, stability, and resiliency of the domain name system.
- Third, it must meet the needs and expectations of the global customers and partners of the IANA services.
- Fourth, it must maintain the openness of the Internet.
NTIA emphasized that its review effort will be joined by other agencies of the U.S. government and that it will also be guided by the recommendations of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The agency also expects Congress to closely monitor and review the proposal as well as its evaluation of the plan.