Today’s Regulatory Mix: California Delays Deadline for Voice Data Requests, FCC Round 2 of COVID-19 Telehealth Program, FCC Extends Comment Deadlines for 12 GHz NPRM
California Delays Deadline for Voice Data Request to June 1st
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has extended the deadline for its Voice Data Request to June 1st. The Broadband data request deadline was previously extended to June 1st by the CPUC earlier this month.
FCC Approaches Round 2 of COVID-19 Telehealth Program
The FCC released a Report and Order establishing the second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program (the Program). The Program, established as part of the CARES Act, initially received $200 million in funding. Round 2 is a $249.5 million initiative that will extend support to eligible health care providers. The Report and Order provides a way to rate applications that takes into consideration objective factors about the health care provider and the area it serves. Round 2 will also distribute funding to each state, territory, and the District of Columbia and will have an application filing window so all applicants are on equal footing during the application review.
FCC Extends Comment Deadlines for 12 GHz NPRM
A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) released by the FCC on January 15, 2021 seeking input on the 12.2-12.7 GHz band set deadlines for filing comments and reply comments of April 7, 2021, and May 7, 2021, respectively. A number of stakeholders urged a 30-day extension of these deadlines given the significance and complexity of the issues. Accordingly, the FCC released an order that pushed back the deadlines such that comments are now due May 7, 2021 and reply comments June 7, 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.