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The Telecom Digest for Sat, 22 May 2021
Volume 40 : Issue 142 : "text" format

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Monthly TCPA Digest - May 2021
Does Your Business Need A TCPA Opinion Letter?
Verizon forces users onto pricier plans to get $50-per-month gov't subsidy

Message-ID: <20210520191720.A192E7B9@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 20 May 2021 19:17:20 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Monthly TCPA Digest - May 2021 by Russell H. Fox , Joshua Briones , Jonathan P. Garvin and Kara M. Cormier We are pleased to present our latest Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In our Regulatory Update, we discuss the FCC's plan to consider a proposal to speed up STIR/SHAKEN implementation for small voice service providers. The Commission would propose to move the implementation deadline from June 30, 2023 to June 30, 2022 for small voice service providers deemed most likely to generate unlawful robocall traffic. We also cover the FCC's Public Notice seeking comment on a proposed protective order for confidential information submitted to its Robocall Mitigation Database (RMD). As part of its efforts to implement the TRACED Act and combat illegal robocalls, the FCC is seeking to address potentially sensitive information submitted to the RMD by voice service providers certifying compliance with FCC STIR/SHAKEN requirements or detailing other efforts to stop illegal robocall traffic on their networks. https://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/dodd-frank-consumer-protection-act/1070036/monthly-tcpa-digest-may-2021?email_access=on
Message-ID: <20210520185246.2BC187B9@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 20 May 2021 18:52:46 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Does Your Business Need A TCPA Opinion Letter? Businesses conducting outbound marketing through use of text messages, phone calls, voicemail drops, and fax advertisements must regularly evaluate whether their telemarketing practices comply with applicable law. Should a business run afoul of telemarketing regulations, the expenses can add up quickly, with penalties of $500 per call/text and up to $1,500 per call/text for willful and knowing violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA".) https://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/advertising-marketing-branding/1069850/does-your-business-need-a-tcpa-opinion-letter?email_access=on
Message-ID: <EB06E0DA-2F08-458B-8997-B5CE64C681A6@roscom.com> Date: 19 May 2021 20:03:19 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Verizon forces users onto pricier plans to get $50-per- month gov't subsidy You might have to change Internet plans to get the FCC's $50 low-income subsidy. By Jon Brodkin Verizon and other Internet service providers are preventing some low-income customers from getting new $50-per-month government subsidies unless they switch to different plans that are sometimes more expensive. Over 825 ISPs nationwide are selling plans eligible for the new subsidies that the US government made available to people who have low incomes or who lost income during the pandemic. Verizon stands out among big ISPs in its use of the subsidy to "upsell" customers to pricier plans, according to a story yesterday by Washington Post tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/05/verizon-uses-fcc-pandemic-subsidy-to-upsell-customers-to-pricier-plans/

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