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Introduction

The election of the new government in 2016 and the subsequent appointment of the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have together led to the introduction of several reforms in the US telecoms market over the past year.

Highlights

  • The FCC repealed the classification of broadband internet as Title II of the Communications Act.
  • The FCC commissioned the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, which submitted its first draft in January 2018.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides a detailed understanding of the regulatory framework for telecoms in the US.
  • Offers an overview of spectrum policy, auctions, and licensing.

Key questions answered

  • What remedies are imposed at the retail and wholesale levels for fixed and mobile services in the US?
  • What is within the scope of the national broadband plan and universal service obligation in the US?
  • Which spectrum bands have been auctioned in recent years?

Table of contents

Summary

  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Regulatory framework

  • National regulatory authority
  • Key legislation and regulation

Spectrum

  • Wireless licensing

Wholesale fixed regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Voice interconnection
  • Wholesale access
  • Wholesale broadband services

Wholesale mobile regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Mobile termination charges
  • Roaming obligations
  • MVNO access

Other services subject to regulation

  • The retail market
  • The regulation of bundles
  • Quality of service
  • Advertising of broadband speeds
  • Terminating and switching out of contracts
  • VoIP
  • Regulatory position on OTTs
  • Regulatory position on IoT/M2M
  • Numbering policy
  • Data protection regulation

Universal service

  • Goals and fund
  • Reforms

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Authors

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