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FCC OKs Transfer of HawaiianTel to Cincinnati Bell

The U.S Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted a series of applications filed by Cincinnati Bell Inc., Hawaiian Telcom Holdco, Inc., Hawaiian Telcom, Inc. (HTI), Hawaiian Telcom Services Company, Inc. (HTSC), and Wavecom Solutions Corporation pursuant to sections 214 and 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and the Cable Landing License Act of 192 requesting consent to transfer indirect control of Licensees to Cincinnati Bell.

Satellite firm Inmarsat has seen its global monopoly over the maritime distress signal industry broken after the UN opened up the contract to rivals Iridium and BeiDou Navigation Satellite System.

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee has agreed to add Iridium to the contract as supplier of distress signal equipment to the maritime industry. The IMO also agreed to adopt a "statement of recognition" proposed by the United States.

TRAI Points to Cables as Economic Development Engines

Governments around the world are pushing for the addition of submarine fiber optic cables.  Sometimes the governments want greater network redundancy to protect the economy from Internet blackouts due to cable cuts.  Other times governments see submarine cables as economic development drivers.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated five Russian entities and three Russian individuals under Executive Order (E.O.) 13694, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities,” as amended, and Section 224 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).  One of the designated entities in controlled by and has provided material and technological support to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), while two others have provided the FSB with material and technological support.  OFAC is also designating several entities and individuals for being owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, the three entities that have enabled the FSB.

Bermuda Looks at Cable Restoration Issues

The Regulatory Authority of Bermuda released a Preliminary Report on the Electronic Communications Sectoral Review on April 17, 2018.  The report covers a wide range topics related to telecommunications and the Internet, but also includes issues related to submarine fiber optic cables.

FCC Receives Application for Havfrue License

An application has filed with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by America Europe Connect 2 USA, Inc. (AEC2 USA), America Europe Connect 2 Limited (AEC2), Edge Cable Holdings USA, LLC (Edge USA), GU Holdings Inc. (GU Holdings), and Optibulk Havfrue AS (Optibulk, collectively with AEC USA, AEC2, Edge USA and GU Holdings, the Applicants) for a license to land and operate within the United States a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable system connecting Wall, New Jersey; Blaabjerg, Denmark; Old Head Beach, Leckanvy, Ireland; and Kristiansand, Norway (Havfrue system).

FCC Looks to Rebuild Infrastructure on Devastated Islands

One of SubCableWorld’s responsibilities is to report on early-stage developments that may lead to the deployment of new submarine cables.  A recent announcement from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fits into that category.

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