Archive for December 2018 | Monthly archive page

USDA Launches New Rural Broadband Pilot “ReConnect” Program, Will Award $600M in Broadband Loans and Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announced new rules for how it will award up to $600 million in broadband loans, grants and loan/grant combinations through its “ReConnect Program” to help build broadband infrastructure throughout rural America.¬†Projects eligible to receive funds from the program must serve rural communities with a population […]

FCC Eliminates Annual HAC Report; Revises HAC Web Site, Record Retention and Certification Requirements

The Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC” or “Commission”) has released a Report and Order, FCC 18-167 (“Order”), revising the reporting, web site disclosure, and record retention requirements relating to Hearing Aid-Compatible Mobile Handsets. The FCC took steps to improve the information that consumers and the FCC receive about wireless hearing aid compatibility (“HAC”) by strengthening […]

FCC Seeks Comments on Waiver Request to Extend 3650 Grandfathered Transition Period

Docket 18-353 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a Public Notice requesting comments on a request filed by the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and Utilities Technology Council (UTC) for waiver of FCC rules which limit the duration of protection afforded grandfathered 3650 licenses until April 17, 2020 or the expiration of their […]