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FCC Policy

The next FCC Open Meeting is scheduled for September 30, 2021, at 10:30am ET. We will publish the Tentative Agenda here when it is released.

The FCC Wireline Bureau is seeking comment on two aspects of TRACED Act implementation — more specifically, the extensions and exemptions related to Caller ID rules. First, the Bureau seeks comment on the extensions it has granted for STIR/SHAKEN Caller ID compliance. Those comments are due 30 days after the Notice is published in the Federal Register. Secondly, the Bureau seeks comment on the filing requirements for carriers that seek exemption from the Caller ID rules. Those comments are due October 4, 2021.

For more information about FCC matters, please contact Stephanie Joyce.

Compliance Alerts

The FCC has extended the deadline for filing its Form 477. The new deadline for filers affected by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana and Mississippi is October 1, 2021, and for all other filers it is September 15, 2021. (DA 21-1076, WC Docket No. 11-10) 

The FCC has waived its number “aging” rule for consumers who temporarily disconnect their telephone numbers due to the effects of Hurricane Ida.  This waiver allows companies that provide services in affected areas of Louisiana and Mississippi to hold these numbers more than 90 days to preserve the consumers’ access to their numbers until their service is reconnected. This waiver also applies residential customers in areas where the President declares a state of emergency in the wake of later storms in the 2021-22 hurricane season. It expires May 31, 2022. (DA 21-1078, CC Docket Nos. 95-116 and 99-200)

For more information about compliance issues, please contact Katherine Barker Marshall.

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