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To Bid, or Not to Bid (in the FCC’s CAF II Auction), That Is the Question

With apologies to Shakespeare, we take this opportunity to remind interested parties that the first deadline for initial applications to participate in the FCC’s historic Connect America Fund Phase II reverse auction (“CAF II...more

CAF II Auction Timeline Tentatively Set – Approval Scheduled for Later this Month

The FCC has released the text of a proposed Public Notice that outlines the final bidding procedures for the Connect America Fund Phase II (“CAF II”) auction. The Public Notice is on the agenda for adoption at the January 30,...more

Nearly 1 Million Census Blocks Eligible for CAF Phase II Funding

The FCC issued a Public Notice yesterday identifying the final census blocks eligible for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction (“CAF Phase II Auction”). The list of almost 1 million eligible areas is based on the FCC’s...more

12/21/2017  /  Broadband , Connect America Fund , FCC , Internet

FCC Takes Steps to Radically Reshape and Shrink the Lifeline Program

On November 16, 2017, a divided FCC voted 3-2 to adopt a controversial order and new rulemaking proceeding, adopting and proposing many changes that will radically reshape—and significantly shrink—the Lifeline program. The...more

FCC Releases Draft Internet Freedom Order

The wheel that is U.S. policy on “net neutrality” has taken another turn. On November 22, 2017, the FCC released a draft of the Internet Freedom Order, which, when effective, will reverse the Commission’s 2015 Open Internet...more

FCC Continues Push for Media Modernization – Eliminates Media Ownership Rules

On November 16, 2017, a divided FCC voted 3-2 in favor of eliminating several long-standing media ownership rules. The move by the FCC represents a major change in policy, and another step in the FCC’s ongoing media...more

FCC Eliminates the Main Studio Rule and Begins Proceeding to Eliminate Additional Broadcast Regulations

On October 24, 2017, a divided FCC voted 3-2 in favor of eliminating the 80-year old requirement that TV and radio broadcasters maintain a main studio and locate employees in or near their community of license. The decision...more

Reminder: Nationwide EAS Test September 27, 2017

On September 27, 2017 the FCC will conduct a nationwide Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) test as described in this Public Notice. After the nationwide test occurs, all Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) participants, which includes...more

9/26/2017  /  Emergency Alerts , FCC

FCC Proposes To Overhaul Procedural Rules Applicable To Pole Attachment Complaints

On September 18, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that would significantly change the procedural rules governing formal pole attachment complaint...more

FCC Expands on Bidding Procedures in Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II Auction Webinar

Signaling a clear commitment to a successful reverse auction process for the Connect America Fund (“CAF”) Phase II proceeding, members of the FCC’s Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force hosted a webinar yesterday that provided...more

9/14/2017  /  Broadband , Connect America Fund , FCC

USAC Updates FCC Form 470 for FY2018 Funding and Beyond

On August 26th, USAC modified FCC Form 470 in the E-rate Productivity Center (“EPC”) that must be used for FY2018 funding and beyond. The new FCC Form 470 includes what USAC is calling “simplified drop-down options” from...more

8/31/2017  /  E-Rates , FCC , Funding , USAC

FCC Seeks Comment on Upper 700 MHz A Block Licensees’ Request for an Extension of Network Build-out Requirements

The FCC is seeking comments on a request to extend the build-out deadlines for several Upper 700 MHz A Block licensees. Under current rules, Upper 700 MHz A block spectrum licensees must satisfy network build-out obligations...more

Attention Repacked TV Broadcasters: First Priority Filing Window Opens August 9th

On July 31, 2017, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing the dates of the first priority filing window for broadcast stations reassigned to new channels as a result of the Incentive Auction. For eligible TV stations, the...more

Deadlines Approaching for September Nationwide EAS Test

On July 24, 2017, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing a nationwide Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) test on September 27, 2017, and reminded EAS Participants, which includes all cable television systems, TV stations,...more

FCC Opens Up 76-81 GHz Band for Cutting-Edge Vehicular Radar Applications

Recognizing that vehicular and airport-based radar systems designed to prevent collisions should be free from interference and should be permitted to operate at optimum frequency levels, the FCC, in a Report & Order released...more

FCC Reforms its Equipment Approval Processes, Easing Burden on Device Manufacturers

Last Thursday, the FCC reformed its equipment approval rules, which Commissioner Clyburn described as the first “comprehensive” review of these rules since 1998, although the rules remain complex and challenged by the fast...more

Service Providers Must Re-Register Designated Agents by December 31st to Continue DMCA Safe-Harbor Protection

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provides a great deal of protection to Internet service providers that maintain an online presence (e.g. through the use of a website) through specially defined “safe harbors.” We...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 Chairman Pai Announces Plans to Require All Lifeline Providers to Seek Licenses from States—LBP Process to be Eliminated

On March 29, 2017, FCC Chairman Pai announced plans to initiate a proceeding at the FCC to eliminate the Lifeline Broadband Provider (“LBP”) designation process administered by its Wireline Competition Bureau. He also...more

FCC Adopts Framework for $4.53B Mobility Fund Phase II

After some months of delay, the FCC has launched the second phase in its plans to provide significant subsidies over the next decade to fund the expansion of mobile wireless services to unserved rural areas of the country....more

FCC Releases Details on Channel Sharing Permitted Outside of the Incentive Auction

After consistently calling for more transparency in the FCC rulemaking process during his time as a minority Commissioner, now Chairman Ajit Pai is making good on his promise. In a significant departure from the secrecy that...more

3/7/2017  /  Broadcasting , FCC , Transparency

Reminder: FCC Accessibility Recordkeeping Certification Required by April 1, 2017

Through a recent Public Notice, the FCC reminded entities that provide traditional telecommunications services, interconnected VoIP, advanced communications services (ACS) (which includes non-interconnected VoIP, electronic...more

FCC Seeks Comment on Petitions Appealing Cancellation of Lifeline Broadband Provider Designations

In a somewhat surprising move, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (“Bureau”) released two Public Notices seeking comment on two appeals of the Bureau’s own cancellation of the Lifeline Broadband Provider designations...more

FCC Announces Details for Mobility Fund Phase II

The FCC adopted an order today that establishes Phase II of the Mobility Fund. As we have previously reported, the FCC established the Mobility Fund to provide universal service subsidies to help expand and preserve 4G LTE...more

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

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

1/31/2017  /  Broadband , Connect America Fund , FCC
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