Vol. 18, No. 20
May 16, 2022
Take Your Business to New Heights at The 2022 INCOMPAS Show
The 2022 INCOMPAS Show - taking place October 24-26 in Denver - gives your company avenues to expand networking channels and sales pipelines.

Check out the prospectus and learn how you can increase your company's visibility among top industry decision makers, grow your business and explore new markets by exhibiting, sponsoring or hosting meeting rooms.
Download Available: Cybersecurity & Risk Mitigation Webinar
UNITEL and Responsive Technology Partners joined INCOMPAS last week for a webinar to discuss the state of the cybersecurity coverage for the communications industry.

During Cybersecurity Coverage and Risk Mitigation – What You Need to Know, Mike Reed, UNITEL's senior risk advisor shared best practices for mitigating your company's and your customer's risks. Tom Glover, chief revenue officer at Responsive Technology Partners outlined current cyber risks/threats facing our businesses today and outlined processes to reduce security risks.
FCC, NTIA, Departments of Commerce and Treasury Announce Agreement to Collaborate on Federal Broadband Funding
The FCC, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced an interagency agreement to share information about and collaborate regarding the collection and reporting of certain data and metrics relating to broadband deployment. The respective Cabinet and Agency leaders announced that their agencies will consult with one another and share information on data collected from programs administered by the FCC, the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service, programs administered or coordinated by NTIA, and Treasury’s Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund and State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.

“No matter who you are or where you live in this country, you need access to high-speed internet to have a fair shot at 21st century success. The FCC, NTIA, USDA and Treasury are working together like never before to meet this shared goal,” said FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “Our new interagency agreement will allow us to collaborate more efficiently and deepen our current data sharing relationships. I thank Secretary Vilsack, Assistant Secretary Davidson and Secretary Yellen for their continued partnership, so we can get everyone, everywhere connected to the high-speed internet they need.”

As part of the signed agreement, each federal agency partner will share information about projects that have received or will receive funding from the previously mentioned federal funding sources. More information on what the interagency Memorandum of Understanding entails can be found on NTIA's website. The agreement is effective at the date of its signing, May 11, 2022.
NTIA to Host Internet for All Webinar Series
The NTIA plans to host upcoming webinars on the different infrastructure grant programs and explain more details of each Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). During these webinars, they will offer guidance, answer questions and share additional resources.

Upcoming webinars and registration links:
NANC Meetings Scheduled for June 14 and August 15
The next meetings of the North American Numbering Council (NANC) will be held:
  • June 14 - NANC will consider and vote on recommendations on reviewing and updating the Statement of Work and Billing and Collection Agent Requirements and steps to encourage adoption of caller ID authentication technology and other techniques to combat robocalls by policymakers and providers in countries outside of the United States.
  • August 15 - NANC will consider and vote on recommendations on the feasibility of individual telephone number pooling trials and will hear routine status reports.
Sen. Bennet Proposes Digital Commission
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Co.) introduced the Digital Platform Commission Act, the first-ever legislation in Congress to create an expert federal body empowered to provide comprehensive, sector-specific regulation of digital platforms to protect consumers, promote competition and defend the public interest. The new Federal Digital Platform Commission would have the mandate, jurisdiction, and broad set of tools to develop and enforce thoughtful guardrails,

The proposed Federal Digital Platform Commission would have five commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. It would be staffed by experts with a background in areas such as computer science, software development and technology policy. The Commission would have a broad mandate to promote the public interest, with specific directives to protect consumers, promote competition, and assure the fairness and safety of algorithms on digital platforms, among other areas. To fulfill its mandate, the Commission would have the authority to promulgate rules, impose civil penalties, hold hearings, conduct investigations and support research. It could also designate “systemically important digital platforms” subject to additional oversight, regulation and merger review.

The first-of-its-kind commission would have the enforcement authority to crack down on harm to teen mental health, disinformation and anticompetitive practices. The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission oversee digital platforms today. However, Sen. Bennett said, they lack expert staff, resources and “tech-oriented culture” key for robust oversight.
Senate Committee Advances Two Broadband Deployment Bills
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation advanced two pieces of bipartisan legislation:
  • The Network Equipment Transparency (NET) Act (S. 3692), which would increase broadband supply chain transparency in order to ensure an on-time rollout of the broadband programs managed by the FCC. Sponsored by Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), the bill aims to identify supply chain issues early to avoid disrupting fast and reliable broadband programs administered by the FCC.
  • The Funding Affordable Internet with Reliable (FAIR) Contributions Act (S. 2427), sponsored by panel ranking member Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss), would direct the FCC to conduct a study into the feasibility of collecting Universal Service Fund (USF) contributions from internet edge providers and broadband internet service providers. Wicker’s bill would require the FCC to consider the size of firms that should contribute and how to ensure the fund disbursements are predictable over time, among other questions.