• The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced the issuance of 13 Notices of Apparent Liability (NALs) to telecom service providers that, it said, failed to submit an annual Customer Proprietary Network Information compliance certificate as required under Commission rules. The NALs were issued after all the carriers failed to submit satisfactory evidence that they complied with the annual reporting requirements for 2008. The Bureau issued NALS to: Galaxy Internet Services, Inc.; Intercel Telecoms Group, Inc.; RealConnect, Inc.; Saving Call, LLC; VOIP Corp.; Z-Telephony, LLC; Advanza Telecom, Inc.; Crossfire Telecommunications, LLC; Dezco Communications, Inc.; G-Link Communications, Inc.; NTS Services Corp.; Systema Networks, Inc.; and Starlight International, Inc. d/b/a Bright Star Telecom. Each entity may be subject to a forfeiture of $25,000.
  • The FCC has commenced a new proceeding to deal with so-called “Robocalls,” or pre-recorded marketing calls. Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, CG Docket No. 02-278, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 10-18 (rel. Jan. 22, 2010). The proceeding will seek to harmonize the FCC's rules implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with the Federal Trade Commission's Telemarketing Sales Rule. Comments will be due 60 days after the NPRM is published in the Federal Register. To view the item, please click here. As of the time of this release, the NPRM has not been published.