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FCC Proposes New Rules for Licensing EBS “White Space,” WT Docket No. 18-120

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) has approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM“) for additional licensing in the 2.5 GHz band. The NPRMseeks comments on increasing the rights of existing Educational Broadband Service (“EBS”) licensees and providing opportunities for educational entities, rural Tribal Nations and commercial entities to access the unused portions of the […]

FCC Seeks Comment on Competitive Bidding Procedures for Auctions 101 (28GHz) and 102 (24GHz)

Auction No. 101 Scheduled to Begin November 14, 2018, AU Docket No. 18-85   The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) has released a Public Notice seeking comment on competitive bidding procedures for the auction of Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service (“UMFUS”) licenses in the 24 GHz and 28 GHz bands. A UMFUS licensee may provide […]

FCC Streamlines Deployment of Small Cells, Clarifies Payment of Tribal Fees, in “Infrastructure Order”

By amending and clarifying the review processes under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (“NHPA”) and the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) continues its efforts to remove barriers to wireless infrastructure investment.  In a Second Report and Order (“Order”) released on March 30, 2018, the Commission […]

FCC Seeks Comment on Stripping USF Support to Carriers Purchasing Some Foreign Equipment

On April 17, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in which it proposed a rule that no universal service support may be used to purchase or obtain any equipment or services produced or provided by any company posing a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks […]

CAFII Auction 903 Short-forms Due March 30, 2018

Connect America Fund Phase II Auction Scheduled Start:  July 24, 2018   CAFII Short-Form Application Filing Window Opens:  March 19, 2018 Deadline for Filing:  March 30, 2018   The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) will conduct a multiple round, reverse auction, Auction 903 (“Auction”) to provide up to $198 million annually for 10 years […]

Annual CPNI Compliance Certifications Due March 1, 2018

CPNI Rules Reinstated Last Year for Voice and VoIP Providers   Telecommunications carriers, including Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) providers, must file annual Customer Proprietary Network Information (“CPNI”) compliance certifications by March 1, 2018 (for data pertaining to the previous calendar year).  Carriers must include a statement explaining how their operating procedures are in compliance […]

Hearing Aid Compatibility Reports Due January 16, 2018

Wireless service providers of digital commercial mobile radio services (“CMRS”) must file an annual Hearing Aid Compatibility (“HAC”) Report by Tuesday, January 16, 2018.[1]  HAC Reports must be filed electronically on FCC Form 655, and the window for filing opens December 15, 2017.  HAC Reports must include detailed information on the hearing aid compatibility ratings and functionality levels […]

FCC Amends Rules Requiring Disclosure of Blocked Caller ID Information for Threatening Calls

In response to the dramatic increase in the number of threatening calls in recent years, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has adopted a new exemption to its rules that generally restrict disclosure of Calling Party Number (“CPN”) (or Caller ID information) on interstate calls subject to a privacy indicator (*67).  Previously, disclosure of blocked Caller […]

FCC ADOPTS 3.5 GHZ NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

As you may be aware, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) recently established the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (“CBRS”) in the 3.5 GHz Band (3550 MHz – 3700 MHz).  The new CBRS will be governed under a three-tiered sharing model with incumbents granted priority access, followed by Priority Access License (“PALs”) holders and […]

Join Us Thursday, Nov. 9th For a Webinar on New 3.5 GHz Proposals

Join Us Thursday, Nov. 9th For a Webinar on New  3.5 GHz Proposals Join Herman & Whiteaker and Core Telecom Systems on Thursday, November 9th at 2:00 EST to hear from Dee Herman, Principal, and Clare Liedquist, Associate Attorney with Herman & Whiteaker, as they share potential opportunities and the latest developments with the Citizens […]