Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) has reminded competitive local exchange carriers (LECs) benchmarking their tariffed rates to competing incumbent LECs to file interstate tariff revisions, as necessary, by July 17, 2024.  The Bureau encourages competitive LECS to make this filing after the competing incumbent LEC’s interstate access charge tariffs become effective on July 2, 2024. 

The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) has announced that there is sufficient funding available to fully meet the Universal Service Administrative Company’s (USAC) estimated demand for category one and category two requests for E-Rate supported services for funding year 2024.  USAC estimates that the total demand for category one and category two services

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) has issued a Public Notice to notify domestic and international law enforcement partners, consumers, and industry stakeholders that it has classified a group of individuals and entities, which it identifies as “Royal Tiger,” as a Consumer Communications Information Services Threat (C-CIST).  Royal Tiger, led by an individual named Prince Jashvantlal

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has approved full initial proposals for Delaware, Washington state, and the District of Columbia for the $42.5 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program.  These three jurisdictions can now move to the implementation phase of the BEAD program, during which they can select providers and projects to

The FCC has released updated guidance regarding location and broadband coverage in the Enhanced Alternative Connect America Model (Enhanced A-CAM) mechanism.  The Wireline Competition Bureau has modified guidance that it issued on January 25, 2024, regarding which Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric and Broadband Data Collection (BDC) availability data would be used to determine final deployment

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has introduced the Rural Prosperity and Food Security Act (Farm Bill), which would authorize $650 million for the ReConnect rural broadband grant and loan program for each fiscal year from 2025 through 2029.  The Farm Bill would authorize $350 million for direct loans for each fiscal year from

The FCC has issued forfeiture orders (Orders) imposing huge fines on four of the nation’s largest wireless carriers for sharing access to customers’ geolocation information without customer consent and for failing to take reasonable measures to protect that information against unauthorized disclosure. The FCC fined Sprint and T-Mobile (which have merged) more than $12 and