Welcome to the Tech & Telecom Weekly, an e-newsletter keeping you apprised of the latest developments in the telecommunications and high-tech industries.
The Federal Communications Commission’s Reassigned Numbers Database goes live today. Businesses may use the RND to check whether the numbers they intend to call have been disconnected, which is important when placing a call or text message to a number for which consent was previously obtained, because that consent does not convey if the number is reassigned. Use of the RND is voluntary. However, to encourage use, the FCC by regulation has established a safe harbor for businesses that check the numbers that they are calling against the most recent version of the RND before placing calls. Callers can register to use the RND here. Paid subscriptions are available as of today, and there are six pricing tiers which vary by the number of monthly queries a business would make. For more information, please contact William Baker.
The FCC has issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update the rules governing the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Do-Not-Call Registry, which was established in 2012. Specifically, the Commission is concerned that that the registry’s current design does not adequately protect PSAPs from robocalls. Proposed rules include establishing enhanced security protocols for those seeking access to registered PSAP telephone numbers and requiring voice service providers to block autodialed calls to those numbers. Comments are due December 1, 2021, with reply comments due December 16, 2021. For more information, please contact Katherine Barker Marshall.
The application window for advanced communications providers seeking reimbursement under the Secured and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program for costs associated with removing, disposing, and replacing equipment provided by Huawei and ZTE is now open. Providers serving 10 million or fewer customers are eligible to participate in the program. The FCC has established a portal to accept the applications through January 14, 2022.
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