At The FCC
July 19, 2013 12:56 PM
NATOA, the National Association of Counties, and the US Conference of Mayors jointly filed comments with the FCC asserting that the Commission has the legal authority to require cable operators to carry PEG programming description information on their on-screen menus in order to increase meaningful access to programming for the blind and visually impaired. “In order for audible on-screen menus to have functional utility to the visually impaired, the on-screen menu itself should be populated with information that is meaningful and helpful in program selection… . [T]he on-screen menu itself should be populated with information that is meaningful and helpful in program selection.” Simply labeling PEG programming as “local government access” fails to “provide the visually impaired viewer sufficient information to make a meaningful program selection.”
May 13, 2013 4:44 PMNATOA has filed comments with the FCC concerning the reliability and resilience of the nation’s 9-1-1 system. Among other things, the comments urged regular systems testing to ensure compliance with established best practices, as spelled out by the Communications Security, Reliability & Interoperability Council (“CSRIC”). Such testing, NATOA argues, is necessary to ensure ongoing 9-1-1 reliability within service provider networks.
NATOA thanks Andrew Afflerbach for preparing the comments.
Click HERE to read the comments.
April 11, 2013 11:31 AM
WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON THE ELIGIBILITY OF BUNDLED COMPONENTS UNDER THE SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES PROGRAM
CC Docket No. 02-6; GN Docket No. 09-51
The FCC is seeking comment on a plan to revise the E-rate program to clarify the program’s “requirements for bundling devices, equipment and services that are ineligible for E-rate support (“ineligible components”) with E-rate eligible services and products.” The Wireline Competition Bureau proposes and seeks comment on “additional clarifications to remove any potential uncertainty regarding the Commission’s requirement for applicants to cost allocate ineligible components when those ineligible components are bundled with eligible services.”
A copy of the Public Notice can be found HERE.
Comments are due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register; Reply Comments will be due 45 days after publication.
March 12, 2013 1:13 PM
On March 8, the FCC has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks comment on certain proposals to implement provisions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 governing deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network in the 700 MHz band. (Dkt No. 06-229 06-150 12-94 ). The NPRM seeks comment in three areas: First, “we address technical service rules for the new public safety broadband network to be established pursuant to the Public Safety Spectrum Act. We next seek comment on the exercise of the Commission’s statutory responsibilities as they relate to oversight of FirstNet’s operations. Finally, we ask how to address different classes of incumbents now occupying portions of the spectrum licensed to FirstNet.”
A copy of the NPRM is can be found HERE.
Comments are due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register; reply comments are due 45 days after publication.
February 1, 2013 10:16 AM
NATOA, joined by its national partners NACo, NLC, and the USCM, filed comments in response to two industry petitions concerning the ongoing IP transition and the potential retirement of legacy copper networks.
“While we support the transition to new, more advanced transmission technologies, we are concerned that without careful planning, some consumers may be left without any telephone service at all, while others may only have the single option of wireless voice service… . The right to depend on reliable telephone service in times of emergencies must not be abandoned along with these copper networks. The transition from copper networks requires that regulations be modified, not abandoned, so as not to leave any Americans without this vital service.”
Click HERE to read the Comments.