"Customer Proprietary Network Information"

In a consent decree adopted yesterday by the Federal Communications Commission, two telecommunications carriers — TerraCom, Inc., and YourTel America, Inc. — agreed to pay a $3.5 million civil penalty and adhere to a three-year compliance program to settle allegations that the carriers violated the federal Communications Act by failing to adequately protect “proprietary information” the carriers collected from consumers applying for federally subsidized phone service under the Lifeline program.  The consent decree reiterates the FCC’s interpretation of Sections 201 and 222 of the federal Communications Act — first articulated in a October 2014 decision proposing to fine TerraCom and YourTel $10 million — broadening telecommunications carriers’ privacy and data security obligations.  The consent decree also settles allegations that YourTel failed to de-enroll certain subscribers after being instructed to do so by the Universal Service Administrative Company, which administers Lifeline.
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Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Enforcement Bureau issued a reminder that annual CPNI certifications for calendar year 2013 must be filed with the FCC by March 1, 2014.

The FCC requires telecommunications service providers (including paging providers, commercial mobile radio services providers, and calling card providers) and interconnected VoIP service providers to file an