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Common Carrier Annual Employment Report FCC Form 395 Due May 31, 2021

Common carrier licensees or permittees with sixteen (16) or more full-time employees must file an annual employment report (FCC Form 395, April 2021 Version) with the Federal Communications Commission by May 31st, 2021.[1] If the filing concerns a licensee that had fewer than sixteen (16) full-time employees during the selected payroll period, no Form 395 […]

Robocall Mitigation Program Implementation and Certifications Due June 30, 2021 Certain Other Illegal Robocall Prevention Requirements Effective May 6, 2021

The Wireline Competition Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened the Robocall Mitigation Database (Database) and established June 30, 2021 as the deadline for voice service providers to submit required certifications and related information in the Database.[1] In addition, the FCC has imposed other affirmative robocall mitigation obligations on all voice service providers […]

FCC Announces Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Start Date

The FCC has announced that May 12, 2021 will be the date by which participating providers can begin enrolling households into the Emergency Broadband Benefit (“EBB”) Program to receive EBB-supported services. On that date, households will also be able to begin checking their eligibility directly using the National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier available at If […]

Reminder: Mobile ETCs Must Begin Using a Portion of their Legacy High-Cost Support For 5G

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 […]

PAL Channel Assignments Announced

Please be advised that the SAS administrators have released the final PAL channel assignments. You can login to the portal to review your assignments. Please note that you will have other opportunities to request a channel swap, with the next opportunity occurring late September or early October, 2021. If your license(s) has/have been granted by […]

FCC Announces COVID-19 Telehealth Round 2 Application Window

The Federal Communications Commission has announced that the application filing window for Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program (“Program”) will open on Tuesday April 29, 2021 at 12 PM ET and will close on May 6, 2021 at 12 PM ET. Eligible non-profit and public health care providers may apply for up to $1 […]

Extending PAL Channel Swapping Window

Please note that the SAS administrators have extended the deadline for submitting channel swap requests. You now have until April 13th. Below please find the entire email: Dear All, Due to requests from some of the licensees, and to allow handling the optimizations we have recommended to the channel assignments in some counties (and communicated […]

Preparing for the Transition to 988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) established 988 as the new nationwide phone number to connect Americans in crisis to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (“NSPL”). The rules require that all phone providers direct all 988 calls to the NSPL by July 16, 2022. This requires that all providers implement 10-digit dialing in areas […]

Initial PAL Channel Assignments Completed

Please be advised that the SAS administrators have completed the process for initial channel assignments. To view your initial channel assignments, login to the channel mapping portal: Please note that you have until April 9, 2021 to request a channel swap. Below is the full email from the SAS administrators: Dear All, Thanks to […]

Review Accuracy of PAL Channel Preferences by March 19, 2021

Please be advised that the SAS Administrators have successfully completed the process for licensees providing their channel mapping and geo-contiguity preferences. Please login to the PAL Channel Assignment Portal to review your preferences and make sure the information is correct. You have until March 19, 2021 to check this information. The SAS intends to submit […]