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  • The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) provides outreach to state and local governments, as well as other federal regulatory agencies, for the purpose of fostering an understanding of FCC programs, policies, rules and decisions. We attend and participate in conferences, seminars and industry meetings to further our mission. IGA is responsible for overseeing the work and activities of the commission's Intergovernmental Advisory Committee and various ad hoc special projects.
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Spotlight

State, Local Governments Can Challenge Eligibility Determinations for Mobile Wireless Buildout Funding

  • Background:  Last year, the FCC adopted rules governing a Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) reverse auction to award universal service support for mobile wireless carriers.  The Commission established a budget of $4.53 billion over ten years to provide ongoing support for the provision of service in areas that, absent subsidies, lack adequate mobile voice and broadband coverage.  Geographic areas lacking unsubsidized, qualified 4G LTE service have been initially deemed "eligible areas" for MF-II support; those with such service have been deemed initially "ineligible."  On February 27, the FCC released a map showing areas across the United States presumed eligible to receive support for the deployment of 4G LTE service. This map was based on the coverage maps provided by the service providers, but if state or local government officials believe the map is incorrect, they now have an opportunity to provide input to help correct the map.  The process for submission of evidence to correct the map is called the "challenge process." The Commission announced the procedures for the challenge process in which governmental entities and other interested parties will have an opportunity to challenge an initial determination that an area is ineligible for MF-II support.
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  • The window for submitting a challenge is opened on March 29, 2018, and will remain open until November 26, 2018 (extended from August 27).  A link to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) challenge process portal is at www.fcc.gov/mobility-fund-phase-2.
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Political Campaign Robocalls & Robotexts

  • Background: The Telephone Consumer Protection Act limits the use of autodialed calls or texts and prerecorded voice calls (all of which are sometimes called "robocalls"). The TCPA and the FCC's rules do apply to political campaign-related calls or texts. These restrictions vary based upon whether a call is delivered to a landline telephone, a cell phone, or certain protected telephone lines (e.g., emergency or toll-free lines, or lines serving hospitals or similar facilities).
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  • Political campaign-related autodialed or prerecorded voice calls (including autodialed live calls, prerecorded voice messages, and text messages) are:
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    • Not allowed to cell phones, pagers, or other mobile devices without the called party's prior express consent.
    • Not allowed to protected phone lines such as emergency or toll-free lines, or lines serving hospitals or similar facilities, unless made with the called party's prior express consent.
    • Allowed when made to landline telephones, even without prior express consent.
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  • Robotexts are text messages generated through autodialing. Under the TCPA, these are considered a type of call and fall under all the robocall rules.  As text messages generally go to mobile phones, they require the called party's prior express consent if they are generated using autodialing.
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  • All prerecorded voice message calls, campaign-related and otherwise, must include certain identification information:
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    • the identity of the business, individual, or other entity initiating the call (and if a business or corporate entity, the entity's official business name) must be stated clearly at the beginning of the message; and
    • the telephone number of the calling party must be provided either during or after the message.
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IGA Spotlight Archive

 

2018

2018 Webinars

Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Announces Emergency Alerting Webinar on July 25

July 25, 2018 Public Notice

Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts Webinar for State and Local Government Officials

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Washington, DC
For more information.
PowerPoint Presentation

An Introduction to the Mobility Fund II Challenge Process for State, Local and Tribal Governments

Wednesday, May 3, 2018
Washington, DC

2017

2017 Webinars

Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Webinar for State and Local Government

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Washington, DC
For more information.

Infrastructure Deployment Webinar for State & Local Governments

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Washington, DC
For more information.

Advisory Committee

The Intergovernmental Advisory Committee is composed of officials from municipal, county, state and tribal governments who provide guidance to the FCC on a broad range of issues.

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Monday, September 17, 2018