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Congress – 10/22/21

Pennsylvania is losing long-serving Democratic Congressman Mike Doyle who announced this week that he will not seek re-election in 2022. Doyle who, as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has served in an integral role in shaping telecommunications public policy over the past several years.

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Legislature – 10-15-21

The House Consumer Affairs Committee has rescheduled its hearing on rural broadband from October 7th and the new date is November 10, 2021 in the state capital. Stay tuned for the agenda.

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Industry News – 10-8-21

The much-maligned FCC broadband maps are undergoing a well-publicized upgrade and thus far, the Commission is doing a reasonable job. So says a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as highlighted in a MeriTalk article this week. Specifically, the GAO report says that the Commission “has taken reasonable steps to implement the 2020 law […]

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Legislative 10-1-21

A busy week for PTA-supported legislation in the House of Representatives. On Monday, House Bill 1658 received second consideration and, on Tuesday, was voted out of the Appropriations Committee and ultimately passed unanimously by the full House. Sponsored by Representative Doyle Heffley, the bill provides for potential cost-sharing between telcos and PaDOT when the former […]

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Industry News – 9-24-21

Heads up, the Department of the Treasury has released its guidance for the $10 billion Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund. Eligible projects are those necessitated by impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on affordable broadband deployment.

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Industry News – 9-17-21

Another week another broadband map. The Technology Policy Institute launched its version recently and has a beta testing period up and running. Those interested can register to check it out at https://tpibroadband.com/.

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Industry News – 9-10-21

The FTC is teeing-up privacy breaches in health apps and connected devices at its open meeting on September 15, 2021; voting on whether to issue a policy statement on the matter. Right on cue, Facebook unveiled its new sunglasses, (made by Ray-Ban), which include cameras, speakers, microphones etc. and allow the user to take pictures […]

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Daily Numbers – 96, 65 and 62,650

The latest actions by the PUC’s Damage Prevention Committee include 96 disciplinary actions against 65 underground facility owners, excavators and project owners, including $62,650 in administrative penalties.

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Industry News – 8-6-21

On Tuesday, Lumen announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its ILEC business in twenty states (including Pennsylvania) to funds managed by Apollo Global Management for $7.5 billion. Lumen will retain its ILEC assets in 16 states in a deal expected to close in the second half of 2022.

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