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Accessibility Recordkeeping Compliance Certifications and Contact Information Reporting Requirements

Due April 1, 2019 All service providers and equipment manufacturers that are subject to Sections 255, 716 and 718 of the Communications Act must maintain records of their efforts to make their telecommunications services and equipment, advanced communications services and equipment, and Internet browsers built into mobile phones accessible to people with disabilities, as required […]


Telecommunications carriers, including Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) providers, must file annual Customer Proprietary Network Information (“CPNI”) compliance certifications by Friday, March 1, 2019 (for data pertaining to the previous calendar year).  Carriers must include a statement explaining how their operating procedures are in compliance with the CPNI rules and any actions taken against data […]

700 MHz License Construction and Renewal Deadlines

As a reminder, the final construction deadline and license expiration date for certain 700 MHz (Lower A Block, B Block, and C Block) licenses is June 13, 2019. By that date, licensees are required to submit a detailed construction demonstration and a separate renewal showing. For construction showings, a Lower 700 MHz A or B Block […]

Satellite and Wireless Operators Debate the FCC’s NPRM to Transition a Portion of the C-Band for Flexible Use

(GN Docket No. 18-122; GN Docket No. 17-183; RM-11791; RM-11778) The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) is currently considering clearing up to 500 megahertz of mid-band spectrum, currently used for satellite services, for flexible use, including wireless mobile broadband and point to multipoint fixed wireless services. Rural telecom groups have yet to weigh in […]

FCC Suspends Operations Today Due to Partial Lapse of Government Funding

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) plans to suspend most of its operations midday today, January 3, 2019, due to the partial shutdown of the federal government.  Employees will have four hours to complete “an orderly shutdown.”  The partial shutdown began on December 22, 2018 and in a Public Notice released on Wednesday, January 2, […]

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 […]

FCC Settles on County Sized Priority Access Licenses to be Auctioned in the 3.5 GHz Band

Report and Order (GN Docket No. 17-258) On October 24, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (the “Commission” or “FCC”) released a Report and Order (“Order“) modifying licensing and technical rules governing the Priority Access Licenses (“PALs”) in the 3.5 GHz band.  With the goals of advancing the public interest and promoting development and deployment of mobile […]

FCC Eliminates Annual Cable System Filing Requirement

Report and Order (MB Docket Nos. 17-290, 17-105)   On September 26, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Report and Order eliminating the Form 325, Annual Report of Cable Television Systems, filing requirement.  First developed over 50 years ago, Form 325 collects operational information from cable television systems with 20,000 or more subscribers and randomly selected small cable […]