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.
North American Numbering Council (NANC)
NANC released a report to the FCC that included recommendations regarding nationwide number porting. The council recommended that “the FCC undertake a more detailed public inquiry to enable evaluation of the overall timing considerations to implement NNP in the context of the ongoing transition of nation’s telecommunications infrastructure to IP technology – particularly, if such preferred NNP industry technical solutions recommend changes to the existing national porting architecture (i.e., use of LRNs).”
Pending Lifeline Applications
The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau is requesting that any carrier with pending Lifeline compliance plan request or petition for designation as a Lifeline-only eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) file a statement by June 7, 2016, affirming that it wants the Bureau to continue its review of the application. The request applies to carriers with pending applications filed prior to October 1, 2015. The affirmative statement need only attest to the carrier’s continued desire to have the application reviewed; no additional information needs to be produced. The pending application(s) of any carrier that does not respond by June 7, 2016, will be denied without prejudice.
Consumer Complaint Data
The FCC announced the launch of its new online Consumer Complaint Data Center. This online platform will provide the public with more information about consumer complaints and tools to customize how they view the data. The FCC said that database is updated on a daily basis with informal complaints submitted to the FCC. The database includes information about the type of service the consumer is complaining about (phone, TV, Internet, radio, emergency, or accessibility), the method by which the consumer receives the service (such as wireless vs. VoIP phone), the issue the consumer is complaining about, and the consumer’s general location information. The new Data Center allows users to track, search, sort, and download information and to build their own visualizations, charts, and graphs. The data is also available via API (application programming interface) and can be embedded on other websites. The Consumer Complaint Data Center can be found at https://www.fcc.gov/consumer-help-center-data.