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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 SB 1112 waives many outdated regulations and charges the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission with reviewing its telco regulations every three years and rescinding those that are no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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Industry News – 4-24-20

Broadband support is right in the crosshairs of federal stimulus funding according to a tweet earlier this week from the Commander in Chief.  President Trump also told reporters that “farmers have been treated terribly when it comes to the Internet.”

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Industry News – 4-17-20

Earlier this week, Frontier Communications announced that it has filed a voluntary Chapter 11 Petition to reduce its debt by over $10 billion “on an expedited basis.” A Frontier Board Member offered that “We do not expect to experience any interruption in providing services to our customers.”

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Legislature – 4-10-20

Frustrated with Governor Wolf’s “essential vs. non-essential” business operating directive, House Republicans took a Senate-passed bill this week and added language requiring the state to develop a plan allowing certain businesses to re-open provided that they follow the directives of the Centers for Disease Control. Health Secretary Rachel Levine called the plan “reckless and irresponsible.” […]

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Legislature – 4-3-20

In a co-sponsor memo released today, Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill cited the extraordinary circumstances whereby millions of Pennsylvanians are working/learning from home as the impetus for legislation granting certain telecommunications providers some much-needed regulatory relief. The Phillips-Hill bill will modernize Chapters 63 and 64 of the Public Utility Code which, according to the memo, “have not […]

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