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FCC Seeks Comment on Changes to Rip and Replace Rules

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) has adopted a Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) in which it proposes to modify its supply chain “rip and replace” rules to make them consistent with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”). Specifically, the FNPRM seeks comment on the following proposals: A proposal to modify the […]

Extending Time for PAL Channel Assignment Process

Please be advised that the SAS Administrators have extended the PAL Channel Assignment process by two weeks. You now have until February 26, 2021 to enter your PAL channel preferences. The anticipated PAL commercial deployment is April 15, 2021. Below is the full email from the SAS Administrators. Dear CBRS PAL Licensee, We hope by […]

FCC Implements Rules for Broadband Mapping as Part of its Digital Opportunity Data Collection

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) has released its Third Report and Order (“Order”)1 adopting additional rules for the Digital Opportunity Data Collection (“DODC”), also known as broadband mapping. Significantly, the Order establishes a process for broadband providers to respond to challenges to the accuracy of provider data, coverage maps, and the Fabric which […]

FCC Seeks Comment on Petitions to Allow Use of E-Rate Funds for Remote Learning During COVID-19

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) has received eleven (11) petitions asking for emergency relief to help students learn remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the FCC has released a Public Notice seeking comment on the Commission’s ability to extend E-Rate funds to off-campus services and facilities. Specifically, the Commission seeks comment on […]

FCC Streamlines Review Process for Modifications to Wireless Infrastructure

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) has revised its rules implementing Section 6409(a) of the Spectrum Act of 2012 so that that state and local governments may not deny certain requests to modify existing wireless structures that do not substantially change the physical dimensions of the structures. This revision creates a 30-foot zone of […]

FCC Seeks Comment on Implementing $32B Emergency Broadband Benefits Program

The United States Congress recently passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“Appropriations Act”) that allocated $3.2 billion to the Emergency Broadband Connectivity Fund Program which establishes the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. By direction of the Appropriations Act, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) has released a Public Notice seeking comment on implementing the Emergency […]

REMINDER: CPNI Certifications Due March 1, 2021

Telecommunications carriers, including interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) providers, are required to establish and maintain systems designed to ensure they protect their subscribers’ Customer Proprietary Network Information (“CPNI”) and must file an annual CPNI compliance certification no later than Monday, March 1, 2021 (for data pertaining to the previous calendar year). If a telecommunications […]

FCC Seeks Comment on Administering Round Two of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program

In the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“Appropriations Act”) Congress appropriated an additional $249.95 million for the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC” or “Commission”) COVID-19 Telehealth Program. The Program was established last year under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act to provide immediate support to health care providers by funding their telehealth and connected […]

Join us for a Webinar on 3.5 GHz CBRS PALs Channel Assignments

As a Citizens Broadband Radio Service (“CBRS”) Priority Access License (“PAL”) applicant, you should have received information last month from the Spectrum Access System administrators on the procedures for assigning PAL channels and expressing your PAL channel preferences. If you have questions on the assignment procedures, which frequencies to choose or related technical issues, please […]

REMINDER: Hearing Aid Compatibility Due January 15, 2021

Wireless service providers (including de minimis wireless service providers) must file their annual Hearing Aid Compatibility Certifications with the FCC for the 2020 reporting period by January 15, 2021 (by midnight ET). While it appears the FCC will be extending the HAC Certification deadline this year to February 1st, out of an abundance of caution, […]