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Enforcement Bureau 2005 In Review January 2006 ENFORCEMENT BUREAU The Enforcement Bureau Mission: Investigate and respond quickly to violations of the Communications Act and the Commission’s Rules to ensure . . . Homeland Security and Protection of the Public Safety;

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the enforcement bureau mission

ENFORCEMENT BUREAU

The Enforcement Bureau Mission:

Investigate and respond quickly to violations of the Communications Act and the Commission’s Rules to ensure . . .

  • Homeland Security and Protection of the Public Safety;
  • A Level Playing Field to Promote Robust Competition;
  • Efficient and Responsible Use of the Public Airwaves; and,
  • Consumer Protection in a Competitive Landscape.
accomplishing our mission

ENFORCEMENT BUREAU

Accomplishing Our Mission
  • Approximately 338 employees
    • 4 Divisions
      • Investigations and Hearings Division
      • Market Disputes Resolution Division
      • Spectrum Enforcement Division
      • Telecommunications Consumers Division
    • Office of Homeland Security
    • 25 Field Offices in 3 Geographic Regions
homeland security and public safety initiatives

ENFORCEMENT BUREAU

Homeland Security and Public Safety Initiatives
  • Responses to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma
homeland security and public safety initiatives6

ENFORCEMENT BUREAU

Homeland Security and Public Safety Initiatives
  • Emergency Alert System
    • Broadened the Rules to ensure that EAS is available on satellite and digital media
  • VoIP/911 Compliance and Enforcement
    • Customer notification, acknowledgement and labeling
    • E911 Provisioning
homeland security and public safety initiatives7

ENFORCEMENT BUREAU

Homeland Security and Public Safety Initiatives
  • Emergency Captioning Enforcement
    • Acted to ensure individuals with disabilities have timely visual access to emergency information
  • Support for Critical Public Safety Stakeholders
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HF DF Net

ENFORCEMENT BUREAU

level playing field

ENFORCEMENT BUREAU

Level Playing Field
  • Resolve Market Disputes through Mediation and Formal Complaint Process:
    • 40-45 Pre-Complaint Mediations
    • 30 Formal Complaints Against Carriers
  • Enforce Restrictions of Marketing of Unauthorized Equipment:
    • 100 Investigations Regarding Unauthorized Equipment
universal service enforcement

ENFORCEMENT BUREAU

Universal Service Enforcement
  • Enforce USF Contribution Requirements:
    • NALs Totaling Nearly $5 M
    • Voluntary Contributions Totaling $1 M
  • Target Fraud Related to Schools and Libraries Program
    • Refunds of $1.28 M
    • Voluntary Contributions of $500,000
  • Enforce Lifeline/Linkup Advertising Requirements
    • Voluntary Contribution of $75 K
responsible use of the public airwaves

ENFORCEMENT BUREAU

ResponsibleUse of the Public Airwaves
  • Protect Legitimate use of Broadcast Spectrum
    • Interference
    • Pirate Radio
  • Investigate Violations of Indecency Rules
  • Enforce Public’s Access Rules
    • Public Inspection File
    • Main Studio
consumer protection

ENFORCEMENT BUREAU

Consumer Protection
  • Enforce Consumer Protections Against Slamming
  • Pursue Violations of Do Not Call Requirements
  • Ensure that People with Disabilities have Access to Communications Services
coordination with states and other federal agencies

ENFORCEMENT BUREAU

Coordination with States and Other Federal Agencies
  • Partner with State and Federal Authorities to Promote Public Safety
  • Team with NARUC on VoIP 911 Implementation and Lifeline Linkup Requirements
  • Coordinate with FTC and States on Consumer Enforcement
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ENFORCEMENT BUREAU

Looking Toward the Future

While Not Forgetting The Past

New Enforcement Issues