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Dates Announced for Inaugural Broadband Data Collection Filing Window

Window Scheduled to Open June 30, 2022 Deadline Set for September 1, 2022 As a first step to developing more granular broadband maps, the Broadband Data Task Force (Task Force) and Office of Economics and Analytics (OEA) of the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) have announced that starting June 30, 2022, all facilities-based broadband providers can […]

FCC Seeks Comment on Modifications to Rural Health Care Telecom Program FCC Proposes Revisions to Rates Database, Funding Caps, and Invoicing

Comments and Reply Comments Due 30 and 60 days after Federal Register Publication On February 22, 2022, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Promoting Telehealth in Rural America docket, which seeks comment on revisions to the Rural Health Care Telecom Program (“Program”), the Rates Database […]

RUS Extends ReConnect Phase 3 Application Deadline to March 9, 2022

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (“RUS”) has extended the ReConnect Phase 3 application deadline from February 22, 2022 to March 9, 2022. The ReConnect Phase 3 program provides RUS funding through loans, grants, and loan-grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in underserved rural areas. The funds can be used for construction […]

EBS Lease Provisions What New Rules Mean For Your EBS License

New Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) rule changes to the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum band allow EBS licensees greater flexibility to lease, assign and transfer their licenses.[1] Most notably, the new rules eliminate the EBS educational eligibility restriction and allow EBS licensees to freely sell their EBS licenses to non-educational entities.[2] Despite these changes in […]

Reminder: FCC Form 477 Filing Due March 1st

The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Form 477, a semi-annual report on information collected about broadband connections to end-user locations, wired and wireless local telephone services, and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) services, must be submitted by March 1, 2022. This next report covers data collected from July 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Four […]

Reminder: CPNI Certifications Due March 1, 2022

Telecommunications carriers, including interconnected VoIP providers, are required to establish and maintain systems designed to ensure they protect their subscribers’ Customer Proprietary Network Information (“CPNI”) and are required to file an annual CPNI compliance certification no later than Tuesday, March 1, 2022 (for data pertaining to the previous calendar year). If a telecommunications provider fails […]

FCC To Increase USF High Cost Program Accountability

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has announced that it is establishing the Rural Broadband Accountability Plan (“Accountability Plan”) for USF High Cost programs, including the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. The Accountability Plan expands the Universal Service Administrative Company’s (“USAC”) existing audit and verification processes, implementing a number of changes and enhancements to increase audits and […]

REMINDER: ReConnect Phase 3 Application Window Closes February 22, 2022

As a reminder, the ReConnect Phase 3 application window closes on February 22, 2022. Please see more information below from our previous e-mail. If you need assistance navigating this program, applying for funds or assistance with a legal opinion as part of the application, please contact Clare Andonov at [email protected], or Hilary Rosenthal at [email protected]. […]

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) […]