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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 […]