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REMINDER: Hearing Aid Compatibility Certifications Due January 31, 2022

(Filing Window Opens Monday, January 3, 2022) Wireless service providers (including de minimis wireless service providers) must file their annual Hearing Aid Compatibility Certifications with the FCC for the calendar year 2021 reporting period by January 31, 2022 (by midnight ET).  The filing window will open Monday, January 3, 2022[1]. The FCC Form 855 certification and instructions can be found here. Service providers […]

FCC Seeks Comment on New Ways To Promote Rural Wireless Services

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Further Notice”) in which it proposes an Enhanced Competition Incentive Program (“ECIP”) meant to incentivize licensees to make spectrum available to small carriers and tribal nations.  Parties to a qualifying transaction would become eligible to participate in the program under one of two prongs: (1) […]

RUS Opens Window for ReConnect Program’s Third Round of Funding

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (“RUS”) has recently announced that it is accepting applications for the third round of funding under the ReConnect Program.  Through this program, RUS provides funding through loans, grants, and loan-grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in underserved rural areas. The funds can be used for construction or […]