March 13, 2020: Chairman Pai Launches the Keep Americans Connected Pledge
Pai Calls on Broadband and Telephone Service Providers to Promote Connectivity for Americans Impacted by the Disruptions Caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic
March 16, 2020: More Providers Take Chairman Pai’s Keep Americans Connected
185 Providers Have Now Agreed to Take Specific Steps to Promote Connectivity for Americans During the Coronavirus Pandemic
March 18, 2020: FCC Chairman Thanks Companies Going Above and Beyond Pledge
Broadband & Telephone Service Providers Roll Out Additional Ways to Help Consumers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
March 19, 2020: Chairman Pai Welcomes More Keep Americans Connected Pledge Signers
Chairman Pai Welcomes the Widespread Adoption of Key Steps Toward Keeping American Consumers Connected During the Coronavirus Pandemic
March 23, 2020: Commissioner Carr Praises Internet Providers’ Plans for Low-Income, Student Access
March 25, 2020: FCC’S Keep Americans Connected Pledge Surpasses 500 Signatures
Chairman Pai Also Welcomes Additional Actions Providers Have Taken to Go Above and Beyond the Pledge to Help Americans During Coronavirus Pandemic
April 6, 2020: Chairman Pai Thanks Broadcasters for Their Response to COVID-19
Social Distancing PSAs, Educational Programming, and Community Fundraisers Among Broadcasters’ Efforts
SPECTRUM AND WIRELESS ACTIONS
March 15, 20202: FCC Grants T-Mobile Temporary Spectrum Access During Coronavirus
The FCC granted Special Temporary Authority to T-Mobile U.S.A. to use additional spectrum in the 600 MHz Band to help it meet increased customer demand for broadband during the coronavirus pandemic.
March 17, 2020: FCC Grants US Cellular Temporary Spectrum Access During Coronavirus
Grant of Special Temporary Authority Will Help U.S. Cellular Support Increased Usage and Continues the FCC’s Keep Americans Connected Initiative
March 20, 2020: FCC Grants AT&T and Verizon Temporary Spectrum Access During Pandemic
Commission Has Now Granted Special Temporary Authority to AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular to Bolster Wireless Capacity Nationwide
March 26, 2020: FCC Grants AT&T Spectrum Access for Puerto Rico & USVI During Pandemic
FCC Grants AT&T Temporary Spectrum Access for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands To Meet Growing Broadband Needs During COVID-19 Pandemic
March 26, 2020: FCC Grants Extension for
Certain 3650-3700 MHz Licensees
FCC Grants AT&T Temporary Spectrum Access for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands To Meet Growing Broadband Needs During COVID-19 Pandemic
March 25, 2020: FCC Changes Upcoming Auction 105 Schedule, Postpones Auction 106
Adjustments Made in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic
April 2, 2020: Enhanced Wireless Emergency Alerts Available for Coronavirus Pandemic
The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau reminds authorized alert originators that the Wireless Emergency Alert system is available as a tool during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
April 8, 2020: Wireline Competition Bureau Provides Guidance on the COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Process
The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) provides guidance on actions applicants can begin to take to ready themselves for filing an application for COVID-19 Telehealth Program funding.
April 10, 2020: FCC Enables Rapid Cell Site Deployment for Wisconsin COVID-19 Facility
FCC Enables Rapid Deployment Of Cell Sites To Support Covid-19 Medical Facility Under Construction By U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers In Milwaukee, Wisconsin
April 15, 2020: FCC Extends Certain Wireless Construction Deadlines Due to Pandemic
To provide relief to certain site-based and mobile-only wireless licensees with construction deadlines from March 15, 2020, through and including May 15, 2020, WTB and PSHSB temporarily waive and extend certain construction deadlines by 60 days.
UNIVERSAL SERVICE ACTIONS
March 17, 2020: FCC Waives Lifeline Rules to Help Keep Low-Income Consumers Connected
Agency’s Latest Step to Keep Americans Connected During COVID-19 Outbreak
March 26, 2020: FCC Provides Relief for Rural Health Care Program Participants
Part of Ongoing Effort to Keep Americans Connected
April 2, 2020: Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers; COVID-19 Telehealth Program
FCC Fights COVID-19 with $200M; Adopts Long-Term Connected Care Study
April 2, 2020: FCC Adopts $200 Million COVID-19 Telehealth Program
April 3, 2020: Performance Measure Pre-Testing Sample Size Waived Due to COVID-19
WCB waives certain network performance pre-testing requirements for recipients of Connect America Fund Phase II model-based support due to the COVID-19 crisis.
April 8, 2020: Guidance on the COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Process
Wireline Competition Bureau Provides Guidance on the COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Process
April 10, 2020: FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Portal Opens on Monday
New Program Will Provide $200 Million to Support Health Care Providers and Patients Across the Country During the Coronavirus Outbreak
April 13, 2020: Erratum – Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism
The Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Erratum correcting DA 20-364, released April 1, 2020.
April 17, 2020: Invoicing Guidance for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program
WCB and the Office of Managing Director provide guidance for those applicants that received funding commitments on how to invoice the Commission for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program-funded services and/or connected devices
NET NEUTRALITY ACTIONS
March 25, 2020:
Comment Deadline Extended in Restoring Internet Freedom Proceeding
The Wireline Competition Bureau grants a 21-day extension of time for filing comments and reply comments on the Public Notice seeking to refresh the record in the Restoring Internet Freedom and Lifeline proceedings
March 25, 2020: Commissioner Rosenworcel on Net Neutrality Deadline Extension
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel issued the following statement regarding the announcement of the Federal Communications Commission’s extension of the pleading cycle on the net neutrality remand.
March 25, 2020: Comm’r Starks on the Extension of the Net Neutrality Comment Deadline
Commissioner Geoffrey Starks issued the following statement regarding the Commission’s extension of the filing deadlines in the net neutrality remand proceeding.
March 20, 2020: COVID-19 TCPA Declaratory Ruling
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Assures Public Health Officials that Pandemic-Related Emergency Robocalls are Lawful under the TCPA
March 20, 2020: FCC Warns of COVID-19 Robocall & Text Scams
COVID-19 Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips Webpage Provides Information on Proliferating Coronavirus Scams
March 25, 2020: FCC Launches New Hospital Robocall Protection Group
The Federal Communications Commission began soliciting nominations for the Hospital Robocall Protection Group, a new federal advisory committee dedicated to combatting robocalls to hospitals
March 16, 2020: FCC Grants Flexibility to TRS Providers During Coronavirus
Continuing the Commission’s Keep Americans Connected Initiative, TRS Providers Granted Waivers for At-Home Call Handling During Coronavirus Pandemic
March 27, 2020: FCC Issues Home Network Tips for the Coronavirus Pandemic
Public health guidelines regarding social distancing have suddenly made staying at home the new normal for tens of millions of Americans. With kids home from school, parents teleworking full-time, and everyone needing internet access, et al
March 27, 2020: FCC Ensures Americans Can Access Zoom and WebEx During COVID-19 Crisis
Inteliquent, a Company Carrying Conference Calls, Receives Temporary Waiver from FCC’s Access Arbitrage Rules
April 3, 2020: FCC Gives VRS Providers Flexibility to Hire More ASL Interpreters
Temporary Waiver of Staffing Rule Will Allow Service Providers to Tap Available American Sign Language Contractors to Meet Increased Demand
April 3, 2020: Temporary Waiver Permits VRS Providers to Contract for Interpreters
Temporary waiver granted of rule restricting video relay service providers from contracting for video interpretation services with entities that are not eligible providers.
April 6, 2020: CGB Seeks Comment on ABA Petition relating to COVID-19
The FCC seeks comment on a petition for expedited declaratory ruling, clarification, or waiver filed by the American Bankers Association and several other financial associations contending that calls or texts relating to COVID-19 that are for “emergency purposes” and thus do not need prior express consent of the called party.
April 17, 2020: Chairman Response Regarding COVID-19 Related Robocalls
Chairman Pai’s Response to Members of Congress Regarding COVID-19 Related Robocalls.
March 25, 2020: FCC Issues Guidance on Political Advertising Lowest Unit Charge During Coronavirus Pandemic
April 3, 2020: FCC, FTC Demand Gateway Providers Cut Off COVID-19 Robocall Scammers
The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission warned three gateway providers facilitating COVID-19-related scam robocalls originating overseas that they must cut off these calls or face serious consequences
April 3, 2020: FCC Waives Sponsorship ID Requirements for COVID-19 PSAs
Commission adopts Order waiving sponsorship identification requirements through June 30, 2020 to promote the airing of COVID-19 public service announcements
April 3, 2020: Effective Date of TVPA Truth-in-Billing Requirements Extended
Media Bureau issues Order extending effective date of new truth-in-billing requirements in Television Viewer Protection Act of 2019.
April 6, 2020: FCC Affirms First Amendment By Denying Petition Seeking To Suppress Coverage Of White House Coronavirus Task Force News Conferences
The Office of General Counsel and Media Bureau rejected a petition by Free Press demanding a government investigation into broadcasters that have aired statements by the President of the United States during White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings and related commentary regarding the coronavirus pandemic by other on-air personalities.
April 6, 2020: Free Press Emergency Petition for Inquiry into the Broadcast of Alleged False Information Concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
In this letter to Free Press, the FCC denies their Emergency Petition filed seeking an inquiry into broadcasters’ alleged airing of false information related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
April 17, 2020: Chairman Pai Remarks on Regulation in Times of Pandemics
Remarks Of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai At The Interamerican Development Bank And The International Institute Of Communications Online Workshop, Regulation In Times Of Pandemics: Lessons For The Future
April 21, 2020: Starks Remarks at NTCA Legislative and Policy Conference
Commissioner Starks Remarks at NTCA Legislative and Policy Conference.
WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU ACTIONS
April 16, 2020: FCC Approves First Set Of Covid-19 Telehealth Program Applications
Commission Begins Approving Funding To Boost Telehealth During Coronavirus Pandemic Just Three Days After Opening of Application Window
April 16, 2020: Carr Welcomes FCC’s Quick Approval of Applications for Covid-19 Telehealth Funding
The FCC approved the first set of applications for funding from its new $200 million Emergency COVID-19 Telehealth Program
April 16, 2020: FCC Tasks BDAC Working Group With Addressing COVID-19 Challenges
FCC Chairman Pai Announces New Charges and Solicits Additional Nominations for the Disaster Response and Recovery Working Group of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee to Address Challenges Presented by COVID-19
April 21, 2020: FCC Approves Second Set of COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications
The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau approved an additional five funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. To date, the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program has funded 11 health care providers in 8 states for a total of $6.94 million.
April 21, 2020: Waiver of the Red Light Rule for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program
OMD and WCB issue this limited waiver of the FCC’s “red light” rule for applicants to the COVID-19 Telehealth Program to ensure that otherwise worthy telehealth projects are not unnecessarily turned away due to a delinquent debt with the FCC.
April 22, 2020: WCB Waives 180-Day Reserve Number Rule Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
WCB temporarily grants a petition for limited waiver of the maximum 180-day period for maintaining wireless telephone numbers in “reserved” status for certain business customers to assist businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
April 23, 2020: FCC Approves Third Set of COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications
Commission Continues Approving Funding for Telehealth During Coronavirus Pandemic.
April 2, 2020: Supply Chain Information Collection Deadline Extended
WCB and OEA grant a 30-day extension of time for filers to complete the Supply Chain Information Collection due to the COVID-19 crisis.
FCC COVID-19 STATEMENTS
March 12, 2020: Commissioner Starks Statement on the FCC’s Response to COVID-19
March 20, 2020: Commissioner Starks on State and Local Stay and Home Orders
March 17, 2020: Chairman Pai Commends Broadcasters’ Coronavirus Response
March 26, 2020: Chairman Pai Welcomes Senate Passage of CARES Act to Boost Telehealth
April 3, 2020: O’Rielly Letter to Congress re: Possible NG911 Funding
Commissioner O’Rielly comments on legislative efforts that would like to include new communications provisions in any further recovery package, specifically one that would inject Federal funding into NG9-1-1.
April 15, 2020: Commissioner Starks Telephone Town Hall with Rep. Yvette Clarke
Remarks of Commissioner Geoffrey Starks Telephone Town Hall with Rep. Yvette Clarke on the Role of Technology in the Face of COVID-19, Via Teleconference April 14, 2020
March 19, 2020: FCC Closes Headquarters Open Window and Changes Hand-Delivery Policy
April 6, 2020: CC Library Announces Cancellation of 2020 Open House
FCC Library announces cancellation of its Annual Open House previously scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
March 20, 2020: PSHSB Grants Emergency STA to Hudson County NJ in Response to COVID-19
The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau grants Special Temporary Authority to Hudson County, NJ to operate its Travelers Information Station (TIS) at high power as part of its response to the COVID-19 emergency
April 10, 2020: Public Safety Licensee Guidance on COVID-19 STA and Waiver Requests
Public Safety And Homeland Security Bureau Provides Guidance To Public Safety Entities On Requesting Special Temporary Authority And Waivers In Response To Covid-19
April 10, 2020: FCC Grants NYC Fire Department Spectrum Access During Pandemic
FCC Grants New York City Temporary Spectrum Access To Support Fire Department Communications During Coronavirus Pandemic
April 17,2020: FCC Grants Navajo Nation Temporary Spectrum Access During Pandemic
The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau granted an emergency Special Temporary Authority request filed by the Navajo Nation to use unassigned spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band to provide wireless broadband service during the pandemic.