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Supply Chain Data Collection Deadline

Supply Chain Data Collection Deadline For Inventory of Potentially Prohibited Equipment and Services Data Due May 22, 2020   In an Order adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) in November 2019, the FCC directed the Wireline Competition Bureau and the Office of Economics and Analytics to collect information regarding potentially prohibited equipment existing in […]

REMINDER: Comments on C-Band Auction Procedures Due May 1, 2020

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission released a Public Notice seeking comments on procedures for Auction 107, the auction of 5,684 overlay licenses in the 3.7-3.98 GHz band (“Lower C-band”).  Comments on the proposed Auction 107 procedures are due May 1, 2020 and reply comments are due May 15, 2020.  Please see below for Herman & Whiteaker’s summary of the […]

FCC Issues Waiver Allowing CETCs Flexibility For Use Of Legacy High-Cost Support

The Wireline Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”) has waived, on its own motion, the geographic restriction on competitive eligible telecommunications carriers’ (“ETCs”) use of legacy high-cost universal service support until June 30, 2020.  The Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) rules require all legacy high-cost support to be used in a particular service area, but the temporary waiver of […]

FCC Permits Rural Providers To Waive Certain Consumer Fees In Response to COVID-19

The Wireline Competition Bureau granted two requests to waive the Federal Communications Commission’s tariffing rules, allowing rate-of-return carriers to meet the Commission’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In granting the waiver requests, the Commission permits tariff revisions that allow rural broadband and phone providers to waive consumer fees for late payments, installations, and […]

REMINDER: The deadline to challenge the initial list of eligible census blocks for the RDOF Phase I auction is Friday, April 10.

If your company wants to challenge an area that it covers and that should not be listed as eligible for the RDOF Phase I auction you will need to update the company’s Form 477 data first and then file comments demonstrating that the Form 477 has been updated to show the area is covered. Please contact […]

PALs Auction (Auction 105) Deadlines Pushed Back Due to Pandemic

Today, the Office of Economics and Analytics and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) announced that it will postpone the auction of Priority Access Licenses (“PALs”) for the 3550-3650 MHz band (“Auction 105”) until July 23, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Accordingly, all other dates and deadlines related to Auction 105 […]

FCC Extends Transition Deadline for Licensees in 3650-3700 MHz Band

Licensees in 3650-3700 MHz Band Given 6 Month Extension to Transition to Part 96 ___________________________________________________ Yesterday, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (“Bureau”) of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) granted a blanket extension (“Extension”), on its own motion, to extend the deadline for certain Part 90 licensees in the 3650-3700 MHz band to transition to Part […]

Join Us to Discuss the Upcoming Auction 105 of Priority Access Licenses in the 3.5 GHz CBRS Band

Join Herman & Whiteaker, LLC (“H&W”) on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 11 AM Eastern for a free webinar to hear from H&W’s Dee Herman, Greg Whiteaker and Clare Liedquist Andonov and Nokia’s Amit Patel as they discuss the latest developments and opportunities in the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (“CBRS”) band, including the upcoming Auction 105 of county-sized […]

FCC Releases Preliminary List and Map of Eligible Areas for RDOF Phase I

FCC Conducts Limited Challenge Process With April 10, 2020 Deadline ___________________________________________________ Today the Wireline Competition Bureau (“Bureau”) of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released the preliminary list of census blocks and a map of areas that have been deemed initially eligible for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (“RDOF”) Phase I auction (Auction 904).  The list of […]

Non-Nationwide CMRS Provider E911 Location Accuracy 70% and 80% Benchmark Compliance Deadlines and Certification Reminder

This is a reminder that non-nationwide CMRS providers must meet increased E911 location accuracy benchmarks based on the deployment of Voice over Long Term Evolution (“VoLTE”). VoLTE Already Deployed  70% Benchmark Compliance Deadline:  April 3, 2020 Certification of Compliance Due:  June 2, 2020 80% Benchmark Compliance Deadline:  April 3, 2021 Certification of Compliance Due:  June 2, 2021   Non-nationwide CMRS […]