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Reminder: 911 Reliability Certifications Due October 15, 2021

Covered 911 Service Providers must file the annual 911 Reliability Certification with the FCC by October 15, 2021 via the FCC’s online system at: https://apps2.fcc.gov/rcs911/. The 911 Reliability Certification System is now open for the annual filing. Covered 911 Service Providers are providers of 911, E911, or NG911 capabilities such as call routing, automatic location […]

REMINDER: Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test Will Be Conducted August 11, 2021

The FCC has released a Public Notice reminding all Emergency Alert System (EAS) Participants, as well as Participating Commercial Mobile Service (CMS) Providers and the public, that the FCC in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a nationwide test of the EAS and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) at 2:20 p.m. EDT […]

Update: Legacy CETCs Choosing to Use Less Than 1/3 of Their Support for 5G Must File a Certification with the FCC by August 16th

Please be reminded that competitive eligible telecommunications carriers receiving legacy high-cost support for mobile wireless service (“Legacy CETCs”) must begin using a percentage of their support toward 5G service. Specifically, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) requires Legacy CETCs to use at least one-third of their legacy support received in 2021, at least two-thirds […]

REMINDER: Applications to Participate in the 3.45 GHz Auction Must be Filed by Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Short-Form Application window opened on July 8, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET and will remain open until 6:00 p.m. ET on July 21, 2021. Upfront payments will be due by 6:00 p.m. ET on September 2, 2021. A mock auction will take place on September 30, 2021 with bidding to begin on October 5, […]

REMINDER: Emergency Connectivity Fund Application Window Opens Tomorrow

The initial application window for the Emergency Connectivity Fund (“ECF”), a $7.17 billion fund set up for schools and libraries to purchase educational equipment, opens on June 29, 2021 and will remain open until August 13, 2021. Schools and libraries can submit applications through the Universal Service Administrative Company to receive money to purchase laptops […]

FCC Seeks Comment on “Rip and Replace” Application Process

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) has released a Public Notice seeking comment on the application filing process for the Secure and Trusted Communications Network’s Reimbursement Program (“Reimbursement Program”). The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau is also seeking comment on proposed information fields to be collected on the forms eligible providers of advanced communications services […]

REMINDER: Robocall Mitigation Program Implementation and Certifications Due June 30, 2021

Voice service providers with an extension to implement STIR/SHAKEN must implement a Robocall Mitigation Program (RMP) by June 30, 2021, and all voice service providers must file a certification and related information in the FCC’s Robocall Mitigation Database (RMD) via https://fccprod.servicenowservices.com/rmd. Beginning September 28, 2021, intermediate providers and terminating service providers will be prohibited from […]

FCC Adopts Rules for 3.45 GHz Auction Set to Start October 5, 2021

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Public Notice establishing the application and bidding procedures for Auction 110. There will be 4,060 new flexible-use licenses to be auctioned in the 3.45-3.55 GHz band which are divided into ten 10-megahertz blocks by Partial Economic Areas (“PEAs”). The Short-Form Application window will open on July […]

NTIA Releases Two Notice of Funding Opportunities

The National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) has released two Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs), one for its Broadband Infrastructure Program and one for its Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program. The Broadband Infrastructure Program is a $300 million grant program that will award grants to public-private partnerships for the deployment of fixed broadband services to eligible service […]

FCC Establishes Rules for $7B Emergency Connectivity Fund to Help Bridge the Homework Gap

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has adopted a Report and Order (Order)1 implementing rules for the $7 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Program. The ECF provides funding for schools and libraries to purchase connected devices and broadband connections for off-campus use by students, school staff and, library patrons who lacked access to adequate […]