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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 […]

The Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 Becomes Law

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has signed the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (“the Act”), which allocates $65 billion to broadband infrastructure programs.  These programs will be primarily administered by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), the Rural Utilities Service (“RUS”), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”). Specifically, the Act appropriates $14.2 billion […]

FCC Issues One-Year Waiver for Certain Lifeline Requirements

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has issued a one-year waiver of the December 1, 2021 scheduled elimination of Lifeline support for voice-only service, until December 1, 2022.  In addition, the FCC has paused the scheduled increase in mobile broadband data capacity from 4.5 GB per month to 18 GB per month, until December 1, 2022.  The additional […]

Reassigned Numbers Database Now Live for Queries

As of November 1, 2021, registered users may query the Reassigned Numbers Database (RND) to determine whether a telephone number has been permanently disconnected or reassigned before attempting to call that number.  To access and query the RND, it is necessary to register as a Caller or Caller Agent, as well as select a Query Tier […]

President Biden Nominates Jessica Rosenworcel as Permanent FCC Chair and Gigi Sohn as a New Commissioner to the FCC

President Biden has officially announced the nominations of Jessica Rosenworcel for Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) and Gigi Sohn as a FCC Commissioner.  Rosenworcel has been serving as the Acting Chairwoman since the beginning of Biden’s presidency. Gigi Sohn is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law […]

Area Codes That Use “988” in Local Exchanges Must Begin to Use 10-Digit Dialing

As part of its effort to assist Americans in crisis, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) established 988 as the new nationwide phone number to connect Americans in crisis to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (“NSPL”). In order to prepare for implementation of a quick way to dial the NSPL by using only “988” to connect […]

Reassigned Numbers Database Reports Due October 15, 2021

The Reassigned Numbers Database (“RND”) is part of the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC’s”) approach to address the problem of unwanted calls, specifically calls made to numbers that have been reassigned to a new consumer (presumably without a prior business relationship to the caller). The RND contains reassigned number information from each provider that obtains North […]

Reminder: 911 Reliability Certifications Due October 15, 2021

Covered 911 Service Providers must file the annual 911 Reliability Certification with the FCC by October 15, 2021 via the FCC’s online system at: The 911 Reliability Certification System is now open for the annual filing. Covered 911 Service Providers are providers of 911, E911, or NG911 capabilities such as call routing, automatic location […]

REMINDER: Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test Will Be Conducted August 11, 2021

The FCC has released a Public Notice reminding all Emergency Alert System (EAS) Participants, as well as Participating Commercial Mobile Service (CMS) Providers and the public, that the FCC in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a nationwide test of the EAS and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) at 2:20 p.m. EDT […]

Update: Legacy CETCs Choosing to Use Less Than 1/3 of Their Support for 5G Must File a Certification with the FCC by August 16th

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 […]