Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Identifies Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Service Providers, Vermont Extends Moratorium on Landline Disconnects
FCC Identifies Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Service Providers
The FCC issued a press release identifying 319 internet service providers that have been accepted into the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP) thus far. The EBBP is a $3.2 billion program designed to lower the cost of high-speed internet service for those struggling to afford broadband during the ongoing pandemic. The provider list, by state, is here.
Vermont Extends Moratorium on Landline Disconnects
The Vermont Public Utility Commission (Commission) announced a moratorium extending the state’s regulated utilities from disconnecting utility services for nonpayment of services, including landline telephone, through May 31, 2021. The move is to help those suffering from the ongoing economic impact of the pandemic. However, the Commission stressed the importance of customers working out reasonable payment plans with utilities to help avoid building up unmanageable balances or being disconnected when the moratorium ends.
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.