VOL. 12, NO. 11
March 14, 2016




March 30
Comments Due in NOI on Promoting the Availability of Diverse and Independent Sources of Video Programming

April 19
Reply Comments Due in NOI on Promoting the Availability of Diverse and Independent Sources of Video Programming
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INCOMPAS Files Replies in USTelecom Nondominance Petition
On March 7, INCOMPAS filed reply comments in a proceeding in which the FCC sought to refresh the record on a pending USTelecom petition from 2013 that requested a nondominance finding on ILECs' switched access services. 

INCOMPAS resubmitted its original opposition and urged the Commission to carefully consider recent comments submitted by Sprint and General Communications Inc., which state that USTelecom has failed to provide sufficient evidence that its members no longer maintain their ILEC dominance in the switched access market.  Additionally, INCOMPAS noted, USTelecom's reliance upon "national competition" in the residential market is insufficient to grant it the broad relief it seeks. 
FCC's Wheeler, Clyburn 
Outline Lifeline Proposal
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, working closely with Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, is circulating an Order to modernize the FCC's Lifeline program so that it can efficiently and effectively meet a critical 21st Century need: making broadband more affordable for low-income consumers. 

They outlined the proposal in a blog last week.  To learn more, download the fact sheet

FCC to Address Broadband at March 31 Open Meeting
The FCC released the tentative agenda for its March Open Meeting: 
  • Providing Affordable Broadband for Low-Income Americans: The Commission will consider a Third Report and Order, Further Report and Order, and Order on Reconsideration to comprehensively restructure and modernize the Lifeline program to efficiently and effectively connect low-income Americans to broadband, strengthen program oversight and administration, and take additional measures to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse. 
  • Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband Services: The Commission will consider an NPRM seeking comment on a proposed framework for ensuring that consumers have the tools they need to make informed choices about how their data is used and when it is shared by their broadband providers. See fact sheet for more information.
  • Expanding Access to Video Programming for Blind or Visually Impaired Americans: The Commission will consider a NPRM seeking comment on proposals to expand the amount of and access to video described programming, for the benefit of consumers who are blind or visually impaired. 
The meeting is scheduled for March 31 at 10:30 a.m. at FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C.