Comment Dates Set for Proposed Expansion of Outage Reporting Rules to VoIP Services

Last month, we noted that the FCC is proposing to expand outage reporting obligations to interconnected VoIP providers, broadband Internet access providers and to Internet backbone providers. The new rules propose reporting based on latency and jitter, and effectively would establish a minimum service quality for broadband networks.

Yesterday, the FCC published notice of the new rules in the Federal Register. Comments on the proposed rules will be due on August 8, with reply comments due on October 7. In addition, parties wishing to comment on the paperwork reduction requirements associated with the rules, may do so by August 8. Those comments are due to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), not the FCC.