Vol. 19, No. 2

January 9, 2023


January 16-18, 2023

March 7, 2023

October 8-10, 2023


Duo Broadband Selects CDG’s BSS/OSS Solutions 

Bluespan Narrows the Digital Divide in Arizona with Hybrid Networks, Combines Fiber and Tarana’s ngFWA Platform to Quickly Connect Communities with High-Speed Internet

First Orion and Hiya Join Neustar and TNS to Unify Enterprise Call Vetting and Authentication Practices Across Largest Mobile Carriers



January 23

Reply Comments Due on Call Authentication Trust Anchor (Bring Non-IP Phone Networks Into Caller ID Authentication Ecosystem) NOI

February 13

Comments Due on Request to Use E-Rate Funds for

Network Security

February 16

Comments Due on FNPRM on Further Steps FCC Can Take to Ensure Consumers Can Make Informed Broadband Purchasing Decisions

March 16

Reply Comments Due on FNPRM on Further Steps FCC Can Take to Ensure Consumers Can Make Informed Broadband Purchasing Decisions

March 30

Reply Comments Due on Request to Use E-Rate Funds for Network Security

INCOMPAS Announces Staff Promotions and New Hire

INCOMPAS last week announced two internal promotions and one new hire.

“I am delighted to start 2023 with a dynamic team who is ready to hit the ground running,” said INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering. “Angie and Chris have done a tremendous job in executing our policy goals as an association and increasing opportunities for our member companies to succeed. We are excited to welcome Caroline to the team and look forward to building upon our exceptional growth and legislative and regulatory policy achievements.”

Angie Kronenberg has been promoted to President of INCOMPAS after serving as Chief Advocate and General Counsel since 2013. She has expertly led the association’s policy team and worked diligently to deliver legislative and regulatory results for all members of the association. Angie will continue her work to grow and strengthen the association. In addition to her role in leading the Policy Team, Angie will focus on membership and business development for the association.

Chris Shipley will serve as the Executive Director of Public Policy. Christopher joined INCOMPAS in 2015 as an attorney and policy advisor and has been responsible for representing INCOMPAS on a range of issues including wireless, universal service, disabilities access, media, and competition issues. Chris will be leading the association’s efforts to expand its advocacy on behalf of members. 

Caroline Boothe Olsen joins the INCOMPAS team as Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs. She comes from the Hill and has made tremendous relationships in the House. Caroline worked for Rep. Pete Sessions in his personal office and the House Rules Committee where he served as Chairman. She then went to work for Rep. Liz Cheney in her Republican leadership office. She has worked in communications, press, policy as well as leadership and management roles in the various offices. Caroline will be responsible for overall association and policy communications strategy, and will lead its legislative efforts on the Hill.

Gigi Sohn Renominated to FCC

Last week, President Biden has renominated Gigi Sohn to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission.

“Gigi Sohn is a fighter and consumer champion who has a proven track record of working with both Republicans and Democrats on solutions that help connect rural communities and bring more broadband competition to American families, schools and small businesses," said INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering. “It’s time for the Senate to speed the nomination of Gigi Sohn to help speed the deployment of new faster broadband networks that bring jobs, savings and new opportunities to communities large and small.” 

FCC Submits Robocall

Report to Congress

The FCC submitted a report to Congress on the efficacy of the technologies used in the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication framework.

The report, prepared by the Wireline Competition Bureau, concluded when the technical standards and protocols that comprise the STIR/SHAKEN framework are correctly applied, the framework effectively authenticates caller ID information as required to identify illegal spoofing.

Jan. 11 Webinar to Focus on Cybersecurity Requirements of

NTIA Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program

On January 11 at 1 p.m. ET, the fifth multi-association monthly webinar series will take place. This webinar will focus on Cybersecurity Requirements of BEAD, presented by USTelecom – The Broadband Association and CTIA. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) requires certain baseline cybersecurity requirements for BEAD sub-grantees. This webinar will include an explanation of what it means for a network service provider to have a plan that reflects the NIST Framework and Executive Order 14028.

Register here to hear from USTelecom, CTIA and leading cybersecurity expert Ola Sage of Cyber-Rx.

About the Webinar Series

Leading broadband industry associations have come together to launch a series of monthly educational webinars for state broadband leaders, NTIA, communities and other key stakeholders focused on key topics related to implementation of the $42.45 billion NTIA BEAD broadband infrastructure funding program. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect every American with broadband, elevating quality of life for generations to come.

Past webinars are available to view on demand:


This webinar series is brought to you by ACA Connects, Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), CTIA, the Fiber Broadband Association, INCOMPAS, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, USTelecom - The Broadband Association and the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA).

NTIA Internet for All Series

Jan. 19 Webinar on How Minority-Serving Institutions Can Help Shape State Broadband and Digital Equity Plans and Initiatives

On January 19 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET, the NTIA Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives (OMBI) will host a webinar to help attendees learn how to be involved in NTIA initiatives to further broadband access and digital equity in their communities. OMBI works with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), and their educational and community partners to promote broadband connectivity, digital opportunities, and inclusive innovation in historically underrepresented and marginalized communities.

This webinar will provide an overview of OMBI; the NTIA Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program; and the NTIA Digital Equity (DE) Programs. NTIA will provide guidance on how attendees and stakeholders can become involved in these initiatives and directly participate in state, local and regional planning efforts around broadband and digital equity. Speakers include: 

  • Kevin Hughes, Acting Director, Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives, NTIA
  • Evan Feinman, Director of Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment BEAD Program, NTIA
  • Angela Thi Bennett, Digital Equity Director, NTIA


Register here to attend the webinar.

FCC Announces January Open Meeting Agenda

The FCC announced the tentative agenda for its January 26 open meeting, where it will consider:

  • Ensuring 988 Reliability and Resiliency – An NPRM that would consider establishing reporting and notice requirements for service outages potentially affecting the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
  • Rural Health Care Program – An Order on Reconsideration, Second Report and Order, Order and Second FNPRM that would rescind rules requiring support for the Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program to be calculated using a database, improve processes for invoicing and program caps, and propose additional enhancements to calculations of support and a mechanism to allow the participation of newly eligible healthcare providers.

FCC Broadband Data Task Force Opens

Second Broadband Data Collection Filing Window

The FCC's Broadband Data Task Force recently announced in a Public Notice that the Broadband Data Collection (BDC) filing window opened on January 3, 2023, for submitting broadband availability and other data as of December 31, 2022.

All facilities-based broadband service providers may now begin filing in the BDC system data that reflects where they made mass-market broadband internet access service available by the end of last year. Such data must be submitted no later than March 1, 2023.

Entities that choose to submit verified availability data in this filing window, such as authenticated state, local and Tribal governmental entities that are primarily responsible for mapping or tracking broadband coverage in their jurisdictions, must also submit their availability data no later than March 1, 2023.

Filers should submit their data in the BDC system. For additional information and questions regarding the Broadband Data Collection, please visit the BDC website.

FCC Proposes Updated Data Breach Reporting to

Address Security Breaches in Telecom Industry

The FCC launched a proceeding to strengthen its rules for notifying customers and federal law enforcement of breaches of customer proprietary network information (CPNI). The FCC will look to better align its rules with recent developments in federal and state data breach laws covering other sectors.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released last week and adopted by a unanimous vote of the full Commission will launch a formal proceeding to gather information on this important issue and also take comment on rule changes proposed by the FCC. The action seeks to better address telecommunications carriers’ breach notification requirements. The FCC proposed eliminating the current seven business day mandatory waiting period for notifying customers of a breach. The FCC also proposed clarifying its rules to require consumer notification by carriers of inadvertent breaches and requiring notification of all reportable breaches to the FCC, FBI and U.S. Secret Service.

The FCC also seeks comment on whether to require customer breach notices to include specific categories of information to help ensure they contain actionable information useful to the consumer. The Notice also proposed to make consistent revisions to the Commission’s telecommunications relay services (TRS) data breach reporting rule.

Senators Seek FCC Accountability on Broadband Mapping

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) recently joined Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and a bipartisan group of their colleagues in sending a letter to FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to ensure the FCC’s national broadband maps satisfy the goals of the Broadband DATA Act and provide a reliable depiction of broadband availability across the nation. 

“We have heard from constituents, state and local governments, and service providers alike of continuing concerns about the accuracy of the map, ranging from persistent issues with missing or incorrect serviceable locations to potentially overstated claims of coverage by providers,” the Senators wrote. “To ensure the map can be used for decisions about where to direct tens of billions of dollars for broadband deployment, it is critical that these issues be examined and addressed in a systematic and thorough manner.” 

“We recognize that these steps will require more work now in ensuring all serviceable locations are represented and in sorting through challenges as to the availability of service and to the underlying Fabric data,” the Senators continued. “But these processes must not be short-cut or millions of Americans in need of broadband risk being short-changed.” 

In addition to Feinstein, Capito and Rosen, the letter was also signed by Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.).

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