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August 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: Commission Sets Reverse Auction Procedures for CAF Phase II Auction

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its August Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a Public Notice (“Notice”) that addresses the procedures for its upcoming Connect America Fund (“CAF”) Phase II auction (“Auction” or “Auction...more

Ready the Fatted “CAF”: FCC Takes Further Steps to Finalize $1.9 Billion Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II Reverse Auction

As we anticipated in a recent advisory, earlier today the FCC formally adopted further plans to implement its pre-auction procedures for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction (the “CAF Phase II Auction”). The agency is...more

What to Expect at the FCC’s August 2017 Open Meeting

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Below is Kelley Drye’s preview of the items under consideration at the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s or Commission’s) upcoming monthly Open Meeting, to be held on August 3, 2017. Consistent with the trend since he...more

FCC Releases Updated List of Census Blocks Excluded from the CAF Phase II Auction

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On June 8, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released an updated list of census blocks for which price cap carriers will receive model-based Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II support under the price cap state-wide...more

Split FCC Proposes Rural “Rate Floor” Reform

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On May 18, 2017, at its May Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order on a two-one vote, seeking comment on whether it should reform the so-called rural...more

FCC Eases Restrictions on Broadband Deployment Support for Rate-of-Return Carriers; Faces Challenges to Connect America Fund...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As part of its continued focus on accelerating broadband deployment, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) eased restrictions on its universal service support for deployments by rate-of-return carriers in rural and...more

With USF Auctions Approaching, FCC Establishes Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force

On April 3, 2017, the FCC announced the formation of the Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force to implement the upcoming Universal Service Fund (USF) related auctions. Although there was no discussion of a task force in the...more

FCC Approves Bidding Weight Rules for Connect America Fund Phase II Auction

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At the February 2017 Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) approved an Order finalizing bidding rules for the upcoming Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction where service providers will...more

FCC Grants NY State Request to Use CAF II Funding Rejected by Verizon

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On January 26, 2017, the FCC issued an Order that makes available $170.4 million in Connect America Fund (“CAF”) Phase II support to applicants selected in New York’s state broadband grant program, the “New NY Broadband...more

FCC Identifies Areas Eligible for Support Under Connect America Fund Phase II Auction

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Orange is the new green –well that’s one way to think of the FCC’s latest announcement of areas eligible for support (subsidies) for providers delivering broadband to unserved areas in connection with the upcoming Connect...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. House District 19 Special Election - On November 3, 2015 the citizens of Sanford can take...more

FCC Announces Effective Date for CAF Program Reforms and Seeks Comments on CAF Program Proposed Rules

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On July 9, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) published the Connect America Fund Program (“CAF”) Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, Order, Memorandum Opinion and Order, Seventh Order on...more

Broadband Providers Must Guard Against Subsidized Overbuilds as FCC Readies $9 Billion to Deploy Broadband to “Unserved” Areas

Phase II of the FCC’s Connect America Fund (“CAF”) program will disburse up to $9 billion in support (i.e., subsidies) over the next five years to price cap incumbent local exchange carriers (“ILECs”). This support will be...more

Competitive Providers One Step Closer to Support for Rural Broadband Deployment Following Latest FCC CAF Phase II Order

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its long-awaited order establishing a framework for competitors to obtain broadband subsidies (support) through Phase II of the Connect...more

FCC I/S/O Providers to Experiment with Rural Broadband Deployments Under Connect America Fund Phase II

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

As we recently reported, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “IP Transition Order” includes an experiment designed to test the feasibility of directing Connect America Fund (CAF) subsidies to competitive providers...more

FCC Establishes Procedures for Challenging Subsidies to Incumbents Under the Connect America Fund

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The FCC has issued an order outlining the procedures by which broadband providers can challenge potential subsidies directed to incumbent providers in their service areas under the Connect America Fund (CAF) subsidy program....more

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