Archive for August 2023 | Monthly archive page

2023 Regulatory Fee Filing Deadline is September 20, 2023 CORES is Open For Payments

The FCC has released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 regulatory fee filing deadline for all entities that are required to pay annual regulatory fees. The FY 2023 regulatory fee payment deadline for all regulatory fee payors is no later than 11:59 PM, Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, September 20, 2023.[1] To make a FY 2023 regulatory […]

Submission Deadlines Announced for ACP Transparency Data Collection

On November 23, 2022, the FCC published a Fourth Report and Order1 regarding the Affordable Connectivity Program (“ACP”). Specifically, the Commission adopted rules requiring broadband service providers to submit data to the Commission regarding subscribers to the ACP program. These rules include requiring providers to submit a unique identifier that matches the service provider’s broadband […]

911 Reliability Certifications Due October 16, 2023

Covered 911 Service Providers must file their Annual 911 Reliability Certification with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) by Monday, October 16, 2023 via the FCC’s online portal at, which is now open. Covered 911 Service Providers are providers of 911, E911, or NG911 capabilities such as call routing, automatic location information (“ALI”), automatic number […]

Comment Deadline Announced for NPRM Regarding Legacy Rate of Return Support Mechanisms

On July 24, 2023, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”), seeking comment on how to address the immediate needs of legacy rate of return support mechanisms. Specifically, the NPRM focuses on three key areas: 1) a variety of reforms to legacy support mechanisms and appropriate funding, so that rate of return carriers […]

FCC Adopts Rules Regarding the Affordable Connectivity Program in High Cost Areas

On August 4, 2023, the FCC released a Report and Order1 that adopted rules to maximize provider participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program (“ACP”) by providing enhanced discounts for monthly broadband services in high-cost areas, in addition to the standard $30 per month benefit. Specifically, providers can provide an up-to-$75 monthly benefit to ACP eligible […]

Key Takeaways from the Enhanced A-CAM Report and Order, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Notice of Inquiry

On July 24, 2023, the FCC released its Report and Order adopting the Enhanced Alternative Connect America Cost Model (“A-CAM”) to promote widespread deployment of 100/20 Mbps broadband access. The Commission also issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) seeking comment on how to address the immediate needs of legacy rate of return support mechanisms, […]

FCC Enacts Measures to Encourage Greater Participation by Tribal Applicants in the E-Rate Program

On July 21, 2023, the FCC issued a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking1 regarding steps to encourage greater participation by eligible Tribal applicants in the E-Rate program. The E-Rate program provides high speed internet to libraries and elementary and secondary schools at a discounted rate of 20% – 90% off of […]

FCC Adopts Rules Regarding Reporting 988 Lifeline Outages

On July 21, 2023, the FCC released a Report and Order1 that adopted rules requiring service providers that have a role in the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (“Lifeline”) – including cable, satellite, wireless, wireline, interconnected VoIP providers, and those that provide capabilities to Lifeline – to report outages that potentially affect the 988 Lifeline […]

FCC Seeks Comment on new International Authorization Proposals

The FCC this week released comment dates for its new international telecommunications service authorization proposals.[1] Most importantly, international authorization holders should be aware that the FCC is proposing new rules that: 1) Require carriers to renew, every 10 years, their international authorizations; or 2) In the alternative, would require all international authorization holders to periodically […]