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Monthly Archives: May 2020

Congress – 5-29-20

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro was one of 39 state attorneys general to sign correspondence recently sent to Congressional leaders in the House and Senate asking for specific goals to be addressed in the next COVID bill. The AGs highlighted adequate and flexible funding to state and local governments and increased funding for the federal […]

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Legislature – 5-22-20

The House Consumer Affairs Committee has scheduled a voting meeting for next Tuesday, May 26th and on the agenda are two BB bills, HB2438 and HB 2348. The first is similar to SB 1118 and addresses easement concerns which the state’s rural electric co-ops have when deploying BB services, while the latter establishes the Unserved […]

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Daily Number – 744,000,000

Yesterday, the US Department of Agriculture (DOA) announced that it has made its final funding distributions under round one of its Reconnect program and the figure is $744 million.  A DOA news release on the matter notes that revenues will help with high-speed broadband connectivity to 172,000 households, 19,000 rural, small businesses and farms, and […]

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Industry News – 5-8-20

“This is your final warning” will no longer apply to the FCC’s enforcement and oversight of illegal robocallers. In a recently issued news release, the Commission announced that it has issued an order under the new TRACED Act indicating that it will no longer issue warnings to scammers prior to proceeding with enforcement actions. In […]

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Industry News 5-1-20

In other legislative broadband news, Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill introduced a bill yesterday to modernize the manner in which traditional landline telcos are regulated. SB 1112 waives many outdated regulations and charges the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission with reviewing its telco regulations every three years and rescinding those that are no longer in the public interest. […]

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